Mark Shreeve's REDSHIFT
Sometimes a piece of "retro" Electronic Music is produced is such that it makes you sit up and take notice. Mark Shreeve's "Redshift" (Zomba/Champagne Lake Productions CLPCD002) is such an album.
Borrowing from the best of the Berlin School, Mark has put together lively sequences, flowing keyboard solos, and wonderful Mellotron into long and quite listenable pieces. And it's all done with "old" synth technology.
The most unusual track on the album is "Blueshift," which, like the first track "Redshift," is long and sequenced in parts, but "Blueshift" moves into a slowly fading layered keyboard solo until it finally diminishes into a heartbeat sound for about 8 or 10 minutes! About 3 minutes before the end of the song, however, the quiet heartbeat is broken by what might be termed as a musical heart attack---instruments straining to bang out a loud, cacaphonous chord---but then settling back in to something a bit more "normal" to let you recover.
"Redshift" consists of four tracks:
Although not listed in the liner notes, there are additional performers on the album:
Mark was also very kind in providing me a partial list of instruments used in the recording:
I know that Mark probably doesn't want to be compared to Tangerine Dream's best years (mid 70's), but here he should take it as a compliment! If you might like to hear what "Rubycon" would sound like added to "Ricochet", then "Redshift" would be a wise purchase!
Thanks to Kees Aerts (CUE Records) and Mark Shreeve.