Written, composed and recorded by Uwe Saher
This 11th album of the surprising Uwe Saher, the man behind Brainwork and Element 4, opens with crystalline arpeggios which skip restlessly on an living and heavy sequence. New Horizon sets the tone to Dreamland. A heavy and melodious album, to constantly hooking harmonies, as this synth filled of melodious breaths which float in a break dance universe with a subtle cosmic approach. A whole contrast between Ten which proposed 4 long tracks in very Berlin School steams. Dreamland consists of 9 titles, closer of roots Düsseldorf School, to heavy rhythms, and animated by hard-hitting sequences, which would have constituted a magnificent album for Element 4. Having said that, Dreamland is far from being disappointing, on the contrary. It is an album packed of magnificent melodies on furious, heavy and sensual rhythms with a nebulous little touch of Berlin School. An unctuous return to basics, which brings us in the romantic soils of Sensual Reflections.
- New Horizon
- High Skies
- Magnetic Flow
- Deep Water
- Palm Garden
- Diamond Rock
The title is simply magnificent. A wonderful melody which takes root on crumbling crystal clear notes and a distant synth to nostalgic fragrance. A beautiful mellotron wraps this soft intro, with all the conceptual dexterity of Saher. A heavy and resonant, but very suggestive rhythm, takes shape on tabla percussions and "tschitt tschitt" cymbals to very sensual techno dance. Never in lack of sound imagination, Uwe Saher dresses his structure with beautiful carillons and a very poetic synth, making of Dreamland a title a strange Berlin School approach that crossed Düsseldorf School. A very, but very good title that bits constantly my ears. A slow synthesized ochre and slightly silvered veil opens the first measures of High Skies. In the background, a soft rhythmic settles down, structuring a slightly skipping tempo on a synth to Jarrian envelopes which drops it shouts of surprises a minimalism character. Another small jewel which takes an even more melodious form, supported on a crystal clear keys keyboard which surround of an echo a title of a hypnotic indelectable tenderness.
Magnetic Flow offers hyper heavy rhythm worths of dance floor with spatial mellotrons insertions, giving second breaths to a heavy and furious rhythmic. The same pattern goes for Eden which swims between two waters, rhythm and cosmic, but on a more balanced pace giving a more romantic approach with beautiful synthesized solos.
Deep Water is another magnificently poetic title, as Dreamland. Less heavy in pace, the movement opens on a synth to contrasting chords which disentangle on a good line of bass and heavy percussions, without ever overturning into an explosive cadence. A long title of a heavy sweetness (if we can say) of whom escapes delicious solos of a plaintive synth. Very good.
Palm Garden is in the same lineage as Magnetic Flow and Eden, without vaporous moments. Heavy and oscillating on a beautiful line of bass, the rhythm is coated with a synth with very Mexican fragrance solos. Original and lively.
Diamond Rock is the most pleasant and sensual track on Dreamland. A long structure animated of loud and suction pad percussions which draw a slow sensual movement, on a keyboard to minimalism harmonies, repealed by brief insert to crystal clear notes which take form in beautiful synthesized spirals.
Mountains closes on a flexible and hatched rhythm with automated notes of keyboards which are fast surrounded by luxurious synthesized solos.
Dreamland is the kind of album which we listen to in continuous loops. I would even dare to affirm, and it doubtless, that it’s the album par excellence to introduce a greenhorn to EM world. A beautiful opus stuffed with heavy and sensual rhythms where melodies prevail in a universe which preserves its cosmic innocence.
2009. Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness