Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Roedelius - Lustwandel (rec. 1979, rel. 1981)

 
Hans-Joachim Roedelius' third studio album was very much cut from the same cloth as his second, Jardin Au Fou, and in fact they were both recorded in 1979 at Peter Baumann's Paragon Studio.  With its heavy focus on piano-led minatures, Lustwandel is even more lushly romantic than Jardin, and electronics take a back seat to provide only occasional colouring.  There's fascinating use of odd bits of percussion too, in tracks like the slight mood-breaker Wilkommen - but even the marching rhythm of that piece sounds more like it's heralding a medieval banquet rather than a march to battle.

Other than that, and longest track Langer Atem, Lustwandel, perhaps even more so than Jardin, is the pick of Roedelius' early records when it comes to pure mellow gorgeousness.  I'm writing all this on a Sunday morning with a cool spring breeze coming in the window, and it fits perfectly.

mega / zippy

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