Unisphere are Rene Splinter and Eric v.d. Heijden.
Majestic, warm and melodic full in the style of both musicians.
TD fans should not miss this, the vibe of the Early 80's are here!!
At the time of writing this review, mid-October 2021, it is a week prior to the E-Live festival. Finally, there is another electronic music festival in the Netherlands after a two-year break. I am really looking forward to the concert by UNI Sphere, the duo consisting of Eric van der Heijden and René Splinter. Their first album Endless EndeavoR was released in 2015. That was an excellent CD with wonderful melodic electronic music. It was an album that managed to bridge the gap between the music of Tangerine Dream from the early eighties and Vangelis. On TempUS, the gentlemen go even further. The theme of TempUS is that we are all only temporary. Armed with a cool list of equipment Eric and René have once again delivered great disc. Superb choral sounds introduce the album in The Call For Dawn, after at some point sequences take over. The ones in the second part of the piece remind me of Tangerine Dream's Logos and Poland period. Well done! T h e guys -and René in particular- are big fans of TD from that time. This can be heard on the album well. Le Temps Retrouvé starts with calm, slightly melancholy, melodic piano sounds and furthermore has beautiful melody lines. Sequences also play an important role in In Transition. Reflections starts off calmly and relaxed, before on Post Meridian (11.35 pm) TD’s Poland comes into mind again. Also, in Technical Instrument For Measuring Of Existence I hear a hint to TD, but then more the symphonic music from their first period with Paul Haslinger (for example the album Underwater Sunlight). The eighties can also be heard in REunification, but in my opinion this rhythmic song has more of a slight hint to the synthpop of that time (without vocals then). I really listened this album with admiration and amazement. It is one of the highlights in electronic music of the almost past year. These guys can play and compose!|
- The Calling for Dawn
- Le Temps Retrouve
- In Transition
- Post Meridian 11:35pm
- Technical Instrument for Measurement of Existence
©2021, Paul Rijkens - Dutch progressive rockmagazine iO Pages
Some 6 years ago Eric van der Heijden and Rene Splinter surprised the EM scene with their project Uni Sphere and its fine debut “EndLess EndeavoR”. The latter proved a solid, well-made and highly emotive work of sonic art sketching out various moods and atmospheres. After a lot of hard work and perseverance there’s “TempUS”, a concept album dealing with the fact that (everything in) life is temporary.
To reflect on that, both musicians composed 65 minutes of imaginative and narrative music that unfolds slowly through fields of in-depth textural landscapes, enticing melodic lines and sequences patterns while elements of Johannes Schmoelling’s sound design shines through occasionally. The music shifts into more dynamic mode on “In Transition”, a typical Rene Splinter track, opening with up-tempo sequences before shifting to a smoother pace while warm melodies are released. The 7-minute “Reflections” is all about creating fluid, melancholic -infused textural spheres before drums, sequences as well as a smooth solo kick in on “Post Meridian (11:35 pm)”. From there the sound design builds gently along some Schmoelling-esque solo voices surfacing now and then. The realm of ‘80’s TD also applies to the futuristic “Technical Instrument for Measurement of Existence” where a pleasant bit of sound experimentation is going on paired with heavy drums and brief melodic lines. The 11-minute “Reunification” rounds out the fine release in an up-tempo fashion with various tempo changes and very nice sequencer patterns at work as well as some fine solos. All in all, I have no doubt “TempUS” will appeal to and be appreciated highly by a wide Em-audience out there.
Overall rating: between 3.5 & 4 stars
2021. Bert Strolenberg/SonicImmersion.org