by Fanger & Kersten

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Electrone 10:38
Five Seasons 12:26
Déjà Vu 07:42


Another release on Manikin Records, a label which has released some fine works of late. Most of the tracks here weigh in at around the ten minute mark, and the opener 'Electrone' is a lively affair with more than a hint of Kraftwerk touches. 'Blue Crossroads' builds steadily from simply sequenced beginnings and imparts a confident air. 'Alone in Central Park' again uses a sequence backbone and develops plenty of detail and variation. 'Between Blue and Green' is a classic slab of modern EM, with top notch sequencing and melodic synth pads. The atmospheric 'Divers Paradise' plays the aquatic card well, characterised by deep resonating bass, and 'Five Seasons' maintains the rhythmic stance with another example of electronic pattern painting. 'Déjà Vu' pumps up the party with a 90's beat set against synth detail and vocoder voice, leaving 'Automatic Bitmap' to close in brooding fashion. This is another example of EM taking references from 90's ambient. 'Script' leans more towards chill-out than dance, and on this form F&K should prove to be popular. (GG, Neu Harmony)

Percutant, c'est le mot qui convient le mieux à la musique de Thomas Fanger et Michael Kersten. L'apport de l'école allemande n'est peut-être pas celui que l'on s'attend habituellement à trouver dans ce style de production. Malgré une introduction assez classique pour le genre, on se rend compte que ce duo est autant redevable à Kraftwerk qu'à Tangerine Dream. La notion de rythme est prépondérante. De ces accords aériens sort une binarité des plus machiniques. Si l'expression n'était pas un soupçon sacrilège on pourrait presque parler de funk-Berlin-school tant le swing semble indispensable à cet album. On sent de la part des musiciens une indéniable préférence pour les gros sons analogiques, il y a d'ailleurs quelques soupçons de "trance-techno" là-dedans. Non, vraiment, ces motifs syncopés, ces percussions très précises, ces accords de Mellotron réverbérés, tout cela se rapproche plus de Düsselforf que de Berlin. (Crystal Web)


released October 1, 1997

All tracks composed and produced by Thomas Fanger & Michael kerssten. Recorded at Script Studios, Earth 1997.


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Elektronische Tonsignale aus Berlin.

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Featuring the music from Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder, Fanger & Schönwälder, Filter-Kaffee, Menzman and Kontroll-Raum.

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