Monday, September 21, 2020

Legowelt - Unconditional Contours [-Ous 023 / SMEM No. 01 Promo]

So what happens if one offers a longtime established and highly acclaimed Electro producer a residency at a museum for electronic music instruments which is home to a collection of more than 5000 synthesizers and other music production devices? One ends up with an album, ofc. Released via the experimental electronics music outfit -Ous in collaboration with named Swiss Museum For Electronic Music Instruments / SMEM is "Unconditional Contours" by Dutch producer Danny Wolfers a.k.a. Legowelt which was not only the first artist resident at SMEM but picked an array of most unusual and - in his own words - shittiest devices ever made from the archive to create an epic 33+ minutes journey which puts even the original Synth pioneers of the late 70s and early 80s to shame sonically. Opening with the title track "Unconditional Contours Memory Moog" Legowelt immediately pulls us in to a highly emotional, ever morphing Ambient Synth realm of extraordinary beauty, weighs in retrofuturist, slightly Kraftwerk'esque Electro morphing into banging analogue Techno greatness with "Chateaux Dans Le Ciel Farfisa Synthorchestra 2" whilst "Swiss Fairytales" take on a short, ever spiralling Synth approach somewhat reminiscent of Tangerine Dream in their darkest score moments. Furthermore "Little Music With A Big Synth" sees small electronic devices and processor circuits frolicking in artifcial meadows, "Evolution EVS-1 Promars And Prophet 5" seems to go Space Age vs. 80s Production Music in a way, the "Prophet Vector Synth Dazzling In The Sun" brings out the most magical side of sparkly, positive oldskool Electro with its classic arrangement and dreamlike vocal layers whereas "These Phenomena Are Not Well Understood" weighs in raw, yet warm and all embracing sawtooth bass layers alongside cascading, slightly off kilter modulation loops as well as simple, touching melodic improvisations. The subsequent "SMEM23 Digital Clap Trap Promars Prophet" provides a take on banging, dubbed out and well subaquatic Drexciyan Hardcore Rave Techno, "Roxannes Magic Watch" emits sparkly, bleepy calls for pixies, fairies, ponies and other wonderful friendly beings and the concluding "FBT Synther 2000" finally goes down a highly tripped out, psychedelic route with its array of vintage Space Synth transmissions. High recommended. Epic.


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