Kscope are extremely proud to announce the new album from Tangerine Dream, Recurring Dreams.
Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic and progressive music since their formation in West Berlin, 1967. Inspiring genres, musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group, led by Edgar Froese, have received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and developed instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience, that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s. Fast-forward to the present day, when popular culture is rediscovering synthesizers and sequencers, and Tangerine Dream are in the mix of an exciting time for an evolving electronic music scene.
Modern Tangerine Dream has seen the beginning of 'The Quantum Years', which began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum philosophy into music. The new direction led to the 2017 album Quantum Gate, which was described by The Guardian as their "most interesting release in years."
With Recurring Dreams, the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra", "Stratosfear", "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park". These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks. Recurring Dreams also includes the new version of "Claymore Mine Stalking" that was used in the popular 2018 black metal movie Lords of Chaos.
Tangerine Dream's album, Quantum Gate, was released to coincide with and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the band.
Quantum Gate features an updated, contemporary development of their trademark sound: sequencer-driven electronica covering a wide range of moods and atmospheres from ambient soundscapes to energetic, upbeat moments.
The album began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar’s visions and expectations of a conceptual album that attempts to translate quantum physics and philosophy into music. New member Ulrich Schnauss comments: “at the moment hardly any other area of science questions our concept of reality (linearity of time etc.) as profoundly as research in Quantum physics – it’s no surprise therefore that Edgar was drawn to these ideas since he had always aimed at reminding listeners of the existence of ‘unopened doors’.”
Quantum Gate was recorded at Eastgate Studios, Vienna & Townend Studio in Berlin from August 2014 to June 2017; mixing handled by Tangerine Dream’s own Thorsten Quaeschning & Ulrich Schnauss; mastering by Birgir Jón “Biggi” Birgisson, Sundlaugin Studio Reykjavík, Iceland (Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Spiritualized). The stunning album artwork was created by Froese’s widow Bianca Froese-Acquaye.
This new opus is seen as both a new beginning and a testament to Edgar Froese’s never-withering inspiration and ever-flowing creativity.