• Sylvain Lupari

TANGERINE DREAM: Purple Diluvial (2008)

Updated: Apr 22

A great 40-minutes Cup-Disc showing the coming impact of TQ on TD's future

1 Armageddon In the Rose Garden Part II 7:11

2 Purple Diluvial 19:19

3 Babylon the Great has Fallen 13:24

Eastgate 025 CUPDISC 2

(CD/DDL 40:04) (V.F.) (Electronic Rock)

Much like its part I (the EP with Ron Boots on Groove GR-153), the introduction to Armageddon in the Rose Garden Part II flows with a vaporous synth whose mists and waves zigzag along with the tetanized alto blows of the choirs. The sequence is light and swirling for a turbulent rhythmic, a bit like a herd of jumping keys fleeing at full throttle on a musical plain flooded with this always insipid choir and a synth with symphonic impulses. The anarchic flow of the structure is reminiscent of the poly directional movements of the sequencers in albums such as Pinnacles and Stuntman. The synth is more screechy while the vocals get on my nerves as much as in Purgatorio. The percussions hit hard and add a rock vision to this track that fades out too suddenly. This is some good Tangerine Dream like we've been wishing for years thanks to the contribution of Thorsten Quaeschning who seems to have the same impact as Johannes Schmoelling on the musical direction of TD. If there are still some who have not heard his work with Picture Palace Music, it is time to remedy that.

Speaking of Schmoelling, Purple Diluvial opens with a soft romantic piano. It feels like the Schmoelling era with that sensitive piano and the resonance of its suspended notes floating in a mystical haze. This beautiful introductory melo