Cosmic Ground - III

(CD 2016, 71:02, Studio Fleisch SFCD06)

The tracks:
  1- Ground Control(16:05)
  2- Crumbling Darkness(16:41)
  3- Keep Us In Space(18:46)
  4- Monochrome Ritual(19:26)

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In 2014 Electric Orange member Dirk-Jan Müller surprised the world with his solo project Cosmic Ground. With this project he pays tribute to Tangerine Dream's output from around 1975, albums like Rubycon and Ricochet. Most Tangerine Dream fans prefer the line up with Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann. Cosmic Ground is very good in capturing the mystical atmosphere of the early Tangerine Dream in large part because Cosmic Ground uses authentic instruments, like the ARP 2600 and a real Mellotron. Also, the artwork reminds me of the mystical Tangerine Dream covers. For the vinyl lovers, the album is available as a double LP with one track on each side.

With this third album the surprise is gone. It doesn't bring any new elements. Of course this music is hugely driven by a sense of nostalgia. Still, it is well worth listening to. Dim the lights, put on some candles, light some cinnamon and let the gentle sounds carry you away. A bit of nostalgia is not bad. As long as you don't get stuck in it.

**** Erik Gibbels (edited by Robert James Pashman)

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