Uwe Gronau | Time Rider

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Time Rider

by Uwe Gronau

Do you sometimes feel like I feel? Lost in time and space and only music and a very special art of lyrics can help out. TIME RIDER is a work which resembles the ups and downs of real life for me. It has waves of moods, like the cycle of seasons for instance in Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Talking Keys and Congas
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2. Sweet Memory
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3. Novel Scene
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4. Night Tune
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5. Searching for the Truth
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6. Jardin Exotique
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7. Far in the East
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8. Oriental Journey
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9. A Fairy's Advice
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10. Inner Face
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11. Flotsam & Jetsam
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12. Caged
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13. In Silence
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14. Time is a Sound
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15. Time Rider
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16. Calena
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17. Far in the East
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18. Remarks You Made
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19. Interlude
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20. I'm at Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
TIME RIDER is a musical journey which reveals the different aspects of the nature of „time“. 20 tracks and songs form a consistently and artfully crafted sphere of instrumental short-films centered around the grand piano, and vocal poem-stories with features from an intimate diary to a playful up-tempo duetts,
set in music by an artist who is a knowing lover of keyboards and an artist of compositions filled with richness of sound inventions and shaped with an emotive sense for elegant and surprising harmonies and for intense and heart touching tune-lines.


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Helena Dee

UWE GRONAU FOLLOWS UP TOP 3 MIDSUMMER ALBUM WITH NEW CD
UWE GRONAU
TIME RIDER
TIME RIDER MUSIC

When German keyboardist and composer Uwe Gronau released MIDSUMMER in America and the rest of the world last year, he was already known in Europe where he had put out several albums with rock bands plus ten solo CDs. MIDSUMMER was a radio favorite, became one of the most-played new age albums of 2011, and went to #3 on the monthly international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 airplay chart. Now Gronau is back with a new CD, TIME RIDER.

Where MIDSUMMER only had two vocal tracks on it, TIME RIDER has eight vocal tunes to go with a dozen instrumental ones. The music, which ranges from mellow-beats to meditative, has been embraced by new age music lovers, but his blend of acoustic and electronic sounds also contains elements of jazz, pop, prog-rock, avant-garde, techno, trance, chill, ambient and space music. Gronau sings in a very low-key way, almost as if he is chatting with a friend. Piano and synth are the main instruments, but lots of other instrumentation can be heard including drums, bass, congas, guitars, organ and more.

If you like eclectic music, this is well worth checking out. If you place it in the new age music category, it is some of the more adventurous in that field.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
German composer and musician Uwe Gronau’s latest album is a jazz/new age/art rock tour de force with a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that sound like a cross between Jan Hammer and Genesis.

Gronau uses his keyboards and synthesizers to create mesmerizing melodies and textures, stinging guitar lines, and dynamic bass rhythms, and he and his co-producer Clemens Paskert keep time with standard and syncopated backbeats through the use of propulsive and kinetic drum programs, in addition to percussion by Andy Kohlmann.

American musician Martin Brom adds crazy-awesome guitar to “Far in the East,” and “Interlude” is driven by German guitarist Wolfgang Demming’s powerful fusion crunch. By the way, these two six-string slingers need to release their own solo albums. They’re that good.

Gronau’s vocals sound somewhat like a combination of Men in Hats, Modern English, Pet Shop Boys, and Andy Summers (from his XYZ days) – not what typically passes for popular singing, but perfectly suited to the quirkiness of the songs. The vocal tracks are not really about singing, but about story, character, and atmosphere, and Gronau’s subliminal, psychedelic vocalization brings out those elements in the music and lyrics, the latter of which were penned by Michael Hoeing and Ursula Goldstein. Gronau does add zest to the songs by recruiting the soulful accompanying and backing vocals of Angelique Damschen.

As the title (and the artwork, which inexplicably features the Enterprise E from the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies) suggests, the album is quite the trip through time and space, and it’s a trip well worth taking.