Ron Boots is the most well-known and successful electronic musician from The Netherlands. Musically brought up by the grandmasters of electronic music and packed with many influences by pop- and rockmusic, Ron has developed a style and a place of his own. With his last studio-album "Tainted Bare Skin" from 1998 Ron definitely entered the major league of electronic musicians. It took him almost two years to create the follow-up "Close, But Not Touching" but it was certainly worth the wait.
Hearing the first notes of the title track it is not hard to hear Ron’ recognizable signature: innovative rhythms, great sequences nice solos and a lot of room for the finest sounds around. "Save It For A Rainy Day" shows the melodically side of Ron, almost like symphonic rock. In the epic "Well! So What?" (with 18:25 minutes one of the longest tracks he has ever recorded) Harold van der Heijden plays drums in the middle part. "Well! So What?" gives us some of the best Boots-sequences ever. "Giants Of Once Before" is a live recording from the Gruga Park in Essen, Germany of Ron together with his friends Harold van der Heijden and Kees Aerts. It is a rather melancholically piece with a driven solo.
And then, to conclude this great album, there is "Au Revoir". This is French for "goodbye". Lets hope this great sequencer-track with a soft vocal in the background is really a goodbye to a hopefully quick new rendezvous (again, French!) with the wonderful music of Ron Boots.
"Close, But Not Touching" really sets new standards in melodically electronic music.