Friday, 21 October 2016

Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Jardin Au Fou (1979)

Like Conrad Schnitzler's Con, Roedelius' sophomore solo effort was produced by Peter Baumann in his Paragon Studio, but that's where the similarities end.  If Schnitzler took us on a gritty, urban train ride through industrial Germany, here Roedelius takes us on a gentle autumnal stroll through Paris or Vienna.  Almost all in waltz-time, Jardin Au Fou is possibly Roedelius' most unabashedly romantic record, full of simple, sun-dappled melodies and perfect arrangements - loads of piano, becoming more fully electronic when necessary, and adding in well-placed cello shadings at key points in its second half.

The bouncy, multi-layered Fou Fou is about as uptempo as Roedelius gets here, other than the odd little trip to the fairground that is Rue Fortune.  Otherwise, this album is a wonderfully mellow Sunday afternoon in the park watching (and smelling) the falling leaves, none more perfectly expressed than the birdsong-like ambience in Le Jardin - although Cafe Central is my absolute favourite here.

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