Obscure Movements in Twilight Shades
The music was composed, played and recorded by Gert Emmens from February till June 2003. All tracks were written exclusively for the concert of Gert Emmens at the E-Live festival, September 27th. 2003. Mastered by Ron Boots With his albums 'Asteroids' and 'Wanderer Of Time' (Also on Groove Unlimited), Dutchman Gert Emmens has established himself as one of the leading musicians in the retro/melodically style. On 'Obscure Movements In Twilight Shades' he manages to further master this. The album contains music he has written exclusively for his concerts at the 'E-Live festival' on September 27 2003 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. On 'Obscure Movements In Twilight Shades' Gert uses some very impressive classic synthesizers like the Minimoog, Multimoog, Moog Sonic Six, Polymoog and Korg 800 DV (remember this from Kitaro?). His music can best be described as great sequences and fine solos combined with beautiful melodies and a pleasing overall atmosphere. A very impressive track on the album is 'Entering The Dark Depth'. The title is a good one because it starts with dark Mellotron choirs and nice effects after a brilliant sequence enters. Another well-found title is the last track 'Voice From The Past'. It leads the listener back to the golden seventies when electronic music was a big thing. Again, this piece bears his own melodically style. Things have developed really fast for Gert during the last years. Where will he lead us to next? Press information What a beautiful album. This is certainly a must-have for TD lovers; track 'Voice from the Past' is so 'Rubicon' with the sound of 2003. What I've heard from Gert so far it is his best album. Martin Hoegee / The Netherlands Lately, a whole bunch of new synth composers are seeing the light in the Netherlands. Emmens is one of them who debuted with Elektra around the end of the 90s. It's obvious he likes long tracks, which have several sequencers running, up front melodies and occasionally a fine solo on top. But Emmens doesn't do it the Schulzian way with long stretched carpets, although the first track betrays his love for Picture Music. No, he treats the listener to some fresh changes. Out of this cluster of effects a new sequence pattern takes form (some really hit the nail on the head). They don't run on their own, after some minutes they're accompanied by drum-machine rhythm. Further you have precisely timed effects, resonant synth drones (though never oppressive), some fine Mellotron and of course beautiful choir. But generally Emmens goes for the more catchy tunes, with a Vangelisian romantic flare. Emmens is at his strongest when imaginative sequencers take hold with iron strong melodies in their wake, like on the best and last track 'Voice from the Past'. All in all, an enjoyable album. Roel Steverink / Exposé magazine no 28.