"Blind Date" is the 2nd CD of the Dutch duo Harold Teunissen and Andre Theelen. They have developed a very own intriguing style of music that sometimes reminds of Steve Roach and Michael Stearns. Next to the overall morphing, resonating soundscapes the album also offers a few shorter, rhythmical tracks. An adventurous album that more people should give a try.
- Beneath the Surface [7:03]
- Skin Job [11:08]
- Last Dream Before [10:18]
- We saw Elvis at the Busstop [5:10]
- Shift Nine I [5:31]
- John Doe [5:41]
- Beauty of Decay [4:07]
- Musscheln und andere Tiere [14:05]
- Shift Nine II [9:01]
1996. Press information.
This is the second release by this very talented Dutch duo. The groups first album, "Being There" ( no relation to Peter Sellers 'Chauncy Gardner' character) was a big hit in Europe. Their new release "Blind Date" is similar in style but covers a bit more musical territory. Too few people in this genre have explored beyond the cosmic music of mid-70's Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. There's been Lightwave, Michael Stearns, and a few others, but there's not much of that sort of music around at the moment, especially so, such music that is highly creative and with its own identity.
On their earlier CD release Syndrone expressed great spacious expanses, and cosmic esoteric music seemed to be their forte. Yet, a touch more down to earth, with this strangely titled disc, Syndrone has tried to create a music of great depth, with the accent on melody and infectious poly-rhythms. Often, having such an attitude to musical creation takes the music to very strange realms, towards early Cluster or even the atmospheric realms of Froese's early solo albums. The palette ot sounds is extremely rich and varied. Syndrone is certainly one of the most creative and original synth duos around at the moment, and as their second musical statement , it's very impressive!
Alternate Music Press
Blind Date was recorded during several jam sessions between 1994 and 1996.
All tracks were recorded on DAT at home and were mastered by Ron Boots in his studio.
This second album has some experimental tracks and also more up-tempo tracks. Several tracks are one time only live recordings and capture the spirit of the moment. These tracks have been recorded live to DAT and that's how it can be heard on the compact disc.
Erik Eikelboom is a guest musician playing electric guitar on beauty of decay (his name has been misspelled on the CD inlay!)
After a three year break, the album "Blind Date" was released in fall of 1996. The nine tracks on it were recorded during several jam sessions between 1994 and 1996, some of them one-time-only live recordings capturing the spirit of the moment.
It is again Ron Boots who was in charge of the excellent mastering of the duo’s inventive music. "Blind Date" adds another chapter to the duo's highly creative world, as it offers a nice blend of overall morphing, resonating soundscapes explored in the longer tracks next to a few shorter, rhythmic excursions.
The soundscape tracks are slowly developing and building, delving deep into mysterious caverns as heard on "Shift Nine part I and II", which sometimes rides the experimental edge.
"Musscheln und andere Tiere" is the longest track on the album, a textural journey which seems to pay tribute to the ambient works of Steve Roach.
The other side of the duo’s music is heard on the rhythmic, electronic free-style tracks "Skin Job" or the humorous "We saw Elvis at the Busstop".
Like its predecessor, "Blind Date" is a well-crafted work. It breaths the joy of making electronic music through all its veins, but is a bit more adventurous compared to their previous cd.
Harold & André, thank you for bringing me your inspired music which I still enjoy a lot today!