Zwolf by Peter Tedstone

Peter Tedstone


5 tracks

Running time: 0:53:06
Released: 02/2002

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  01   Moments - 12:34
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  02   Camsharla - 9:37
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  03   Simenciam - 8:20
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  04   Evolution - 8:01
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  05   Zwolf - 14:34
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Originally released on CD in 2002, Zwolf has now been re-released on Musiczeit with new artwork.

Review: By Andy G.

Now there's a name from the distant past that I never thought I would hear from again! Wrong - about 15 years after we first promoted his music, and had him play ‘live’ at one of the UK Electronica festivals, here he is, back again with what is his first CD! Way back, this was the proud musician/composer of an excellent cassette called ‘Prismatic’, and he followed that up with several other cassette releases that never quite seemed to fulfil the promise of that debut tape. Now, after all these years, you can just imagine my surprise when this CD arrived on my desk, and not only that, I also find that it is by far and away the best thing I've ever heard him do, and it’s actually a lot better than much of what many of his younger contemporaries are getting up to in Europe right now. This is an album that I've enjoyed immensely, so much so much that I've actually made time to give it several plays just for pleasure! It has 5 tracks of melodic, rhythmic multi-textured, multi-layered synth music that span fifty-three minutes, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable album with an undoubted 80’s influence, and yet it still sounds fresh and vital.

So, what's he done that works so well? For a start, the 5 tracks run for anything between nine to fifteen minutes, and each is a corking example of mixing melody, feel, era and structure into one sublime whole. Take the opening track: ‘Moments’ for example – It starts quietly and gradually adds all sorts of layers, including sequenced rhythms, gorgeous string-synths, strong melodies with a deep, warm feel to them, choral synth backdrops, a cascading synth rhythm, distant electronic percussive and a high-flying lead synth line, all combining to create a magical mix of emotion, accessibility, strength and full-sounding synths-laden enjoyment, but without sounding busy. With more of an 80’s influence rather than a 70’s, this is one remarkably good opener, that at twelve minutes, is not a note to long, and one you will want to play again and again. The second track: ‘Camshala’ is a more haunting nine and a half minute affair, with eastern sounding flute-like sounds blowing in the breeze as the rhythms rise - a gorgeous piano melody is added, the rhythm layers increase, then a solid drum rhythm emerges and the whole thing bounds along on a multi-layered journey that's just exquisite, again the production is so crisp that all the textures from the haunting synths to the cascading rhythms are easily perceptible. The 3rd track: ‘Simenciam’ mixes all these elements together for just over eight minutes, in an altogether different melting pot, but stays within a similar structure and soundscape. The 4th track: ‘Evolution’ meanwhile, again at eight minutes, is the main one that hearkens back to his earlier work, with a lead melody line way upfront as crunchy synths and percussive rhythms carry the piece, the whole thing sounding decidedly from an 80’s-era UK synth musician's creative mind, and a thoroughly rewarding track it is - the sort of thing you just don't hear done like this that much now. The final, and longest track: ‘Zwolf’ is simply divine. It starts with rich layers of string-synths and the now familiar sound of cascading sequencer-style rhythms, plus an assortment of late 70’s/early 80’s Tangerine Dream-style layers and textures. As the track adds more leads and melodies, the piece sounds for all the world like a UK synth musician's take on early 80’s Tangerine Dream, yet it’s far from a cloning job, as it pans out to become a beautiful, wide-open epic that gathers strength, beauty and delicacy as it travels - A heart-felt soundscapes that winds its merry way through the centre of the universe and back. (Andy G.)