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Following the announcement of their new studio album ‘Raum’ which is due for release on 25th February through Kscope/Eastgate Music, Tangerine Dream have premiered a new video for the track “You’re Always On Time”.

The music video to “You’re Always On Time” documents and gives fans an insight in to how the band capture field recordings and sample creation for the album and was shot on Kodak Super-8 film. The choice of shooting on film also pays homage to Edgar Froese’s Super-8 videos, filmed while being on tour and in the studio with Tangerine Dream.

The new album, Raum, sees Tangerine Dream develop the concept of its precursor EP (Probe 6—8) further. Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver late-night real time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemic warm synthesizers.   

Composed in a time of social distancing and cancelled shows, the tracks cannot exactly be recreated (or will at least need significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute ‘In 256 Zeichen’ they lay the fundament of this record. ‘Continuum’, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. ‘You’re Always On Time’ is built on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings. The title track ‘Raum’ makes a nod towards the early live studio performances like ‘Zeit’ and ‘Phaedra’ - the melody accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece. 

‘Raum’ will be released on 25th February and will be available as a CD, gatefold double LP and digitally. Pre-orders will be available from 16th December