Carola Zauchner aka TRAUMKLANG finally released the album "Stardust" as a work, that was awaited by Traumklang-fans since quite a while.
- Stardust Part 1 [14:08]
- Sputnik [9:22]
- Stardust Part 2 [19:00]
- Solar Wind [9:15]
- Solar Wind (Raggae Mix) [12:20]
- Stardust Part 2 (Space Mix) [15:20]
Almost 80 minutes are to be found on this album in 6 tracks, some of them rather experimental, others with expected sequences and melodies. The title-track "Stardust Part 1" is the masterpiece to top the album.
When chaos engenders harmony! When simplicity sets ablaze the beauty! Two quotations which fit like a glove to this odd opus of Traumklang. What jumps in ears is this very retro sound envelope which perfumes the ambiences of this last album from Carola (Kern) Zauchner. It sparkles with its comestible interferences at the opening of "Stardust Part I" and widens like a cloud of radioactivity on a movement of sequences which makes alternate its keys in a kind of continual coming and going for rabbits terrified by the obligation to skip in a very restrictive minimalist pattern. If the pulsations make resound a charm of lunar techno(the rabbits always limp), the waves of old organ well dirtied by sound dusts spreads an ambience that we have considered once lost in the vaults hermetically buried by Klaus Schulze. Let's add to it the percussions which titillate the ears like a metronome on Prozac and we have without a shadow of doubt all the ingredients to forge a superb monument of Berlin School which mixes marvellously the flavors as much as the past as the current days. A pure marvel of the Berlin minimalist movement, "Stardust Part I" skips in our ears by taking good care to make marinate its analog sonic ingredients by bringing in it its nuances, both in the rhythms and the harmonies. It's a wonderful magnetizing piece of music and it's also the soul of “Stardust”; an album whose inequalities make of it its main asset!
First of all, let's go with the very stodgy "Sputnik" and its enormous industrial pulsations which will get through the patience of the most diligent fans of Traumklang. I had the impression to return 30 years back, where the developers of sonic thoughts experimented all the stages of the synthesizers. I like Traumklang, but these are 9 minutes of the most useless. But it could be as the beauty and the beast. A little as if everything is too beautiful we grow tired? Because "Stardust Part II" reunites us to the cause of Carola Zauchner with an beautiful structure of rhythm braided on a sequenced ritornello which cavorts with the innocence of cheerful cherubs. Still there, the sensation to navigate in the disorder of a recording studio assails our ears with an panoply of background noises which gets lost in good electronic effects, such as cacklings of cybernetic ducks and effects of hoarse zombie voices a la Zoolook from Jarre. The synth pads to the colors of the analog days add a perfume of psychedelism and the electronic chirpings make contrasts to those hypnotic Teutonic percussions which sound always so vintage. And there is also this line of bass and this gradation tinted with nuances which propel "Stardust Part II" to the same level of seduction as "Stardust Part I". And it's fascinating because there is a lot of things not working properly in the recording and the mixing of this album. This just shows that the charms are not always linked to the perfection. If we imagine e xactly the winds of the sun, we shall not be disoriented by the Schulze (the Cyborg years) very ambiospherical visage of "Solar Wind". There is neither rhythms, nor melodies. But only some slow and idle synth pads which spit their radioactive dusts. We like the experience? Traumklang liked it quite well because she proposes a Reggae version of these radioactive moods. And if you are able to find the bases of "Solar Wind" in this Reggae mix, you are quite a real connoisseur. It's more musical? True! But it's not really my cup of tea. Although, still there, the synth pads remain rather seductive. After a slow introduction sculpted in the disorder of sounds and tones, "Stardust Part II (Strange Mix)" blooms like a necessity. A little as if Carola Zauchner tried to apologize to have present an album which is sorely lacking depth, both at the level of the production and of the presentation. Sometimes, it sounds like a bootleg of a recording session. But what a wonderful excuse! Because the chapters of the title-track are simply divine. An album of 49 minutes would have propelled “Stardust” to the rank of the inescapable works of Traumklang.
2015. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca