Berlin Parks by Frank Klare

Frank Klare

Berlin Parks

6 tracks

Running time: 1:11:10
Released: 12/2003

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  01   Grosser Tiergarten - 15:06
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  02   Viktoriapark - 8:08
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  03   Treptower Park - 10:59
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  04   Schlosspark Charlottenburg - 5:56
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  05   Britzer Garten - 11:31
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  06   Mauerpark - 19:30
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Ah, a tone poem greets us as Frank Klares latest offering "Berlin Parks" hits the CD player. The track 'Grosser Tiergarten' is riddled with Schulzian elements from the off and will keep you entertained for the next quarter of an hour without putting a foot wrong. The tracks real beauty becomes apparent at the six minute mark when kick drum and chord changes lead into a steadily evolving melody.
'Victoriapark' centres around a catchy little sequencer motif. Again we are definitely in classic Schulze territory. The constant electronic percussion underpinning some unfortunately over muted but adventurous soloing and filtered leads. I'm just not getting a feeling of commitment with this piece. At 11 minutes 'Treptower Park' makes up for shortcomings of the previous track by firing up with a very nice electronic synth mallet sound played against more of those heavily treated leads only this time the recipe really works creating a sense of suspense and urgency, excellent, (though curiously Frank appears to have brought across the catchy sequence line l pointed out in the previous track as a foundation for developments in this piece). The drums sitting perfectly in the background throughout.
'Schlosspark Charlottenburg' – now who remembers the piano section in the middle of Edgar Froeses piece 'Tropic of Capricorn' from Ages? This track immediately reminded me of it. I think it's the phrasing of the piano playing which is very much the same hence the immediate connection. Admittedly the theme is different but the feeling and sentiment are still there.
'Britzer Garten', another piece that will hold your attention through its eleven and a half minute span. Why? Well it kicks off in a well intentioned manner with 110% Schulzy pads then all of a sudden we are joined by step sequencing straight from out of the TD/Stratosphere big book of how to step sequence! At the halfway mark typical Schulze chord changes ensue. What's going on with this track it does seem to be somewhat of a hybrid? Once again light drum patterns tick along in the background whilst light choral treatments bring the track to its close.
'Mauerpark' at 19.30mins is the longest piece on the album. It starts like a continuation of track one, very dense with heavily sequenced polyrhythms . There's an excellent baseline to be had here but it is almost squeezed out of the mix to a subliminal level. More electronic drums enter the fray propelling the music forward. As the track progresses l get the feeling that much of this is a piece is built up from elements of many of the other tracks on the album. In the latter stages you hear some of the previously used sequences distinctly. The track hypnotically winds to its conclusion which again is heavily sequenced all the way.
So there you have it - 'Berlin Parks'. If you're a big Schulze fan you won't go far wrong with this one. Frank Klare has been at this electronic music game for absolutely years now and in his hands this work with ever changing, shifting sequencer patterns is handled with the greatest of ease and proficiency. Everything happens, but nothing happens, you just don't automatically register those changes as they occur (and that's the real joy of this brand of sequencer lead music). (B22)