What does it sound like?:
When Edgar Froese passed away a couple of years back, many thought that would mark the end of Tangerine Dream. Not so – the current line up of the band return here with this two cd set, combining both studio and live material.
The first disc, Muon, gives us just short of an hour of studio recordings, the highlight of which is the almost thirty minute improvisation the 4.00pm Session. This complex piece ebbs and flows like the band’s classic seventies material, while still managing to retain a contemporary feel. This piece alone is worth the price of admission. Other pieces are a version of the theme to Stranger Things, together with a well-constructed reinterpretation of 1975’s Rubycon.
The second disc, Tau, has six live tracks recorded in 2016, clocking in at thirty-six minutes. This gets off to a promising start with Mothers of Rain and Power of the Rainbow Serpent, before sagging a little with the next couple of pieces and then ending on a high with a powerful version of Shadow and Sun.
What does it all *mean*?
An interesting release which shows there’s plenty of life left in this band yet.
Goes well with…
An afternoon of quiet contemplation in the sun.
Might suit people who like…
Other TD albums, ambient, progressive, instrumental music.