German musician Uwe Gronau has a new CD out called THOUGHTS OF TOMORROW. His bio says he is versatile. That he is. He plays synthesizer, piano and organ (sounds like a B-3) equally well. He also uses the synth to create realistic sounds of guitars (both electric and acoustic, and bass) and occasionally other instruments (flute or whatever). He also composes, arranges and produces. He credits his engineer with drum programming (and there are quite a few drums). Although Gronau has done some singing in the past, there are only the tinest hints of background vocals on a few tracks. This is an instrumental album containing new age, gentle-rock, progressive-rock, space music, world-beat, solo piano, piano-and-weird-synth, and a tune about a journey on a train complete with train-whistle and the clackedy-clack of train-tracks. Sure there is much more on these 16 tunes, but that gives you some idea of what to expect.
Gronau has a great touch on the keyboards. He can play forcefully or so gentle you want to cry. He can give you a Brian Auger-style organ solo. Gronau might make his synthesizer sound like a xylophone, a guitar or some strange futuristic instrument from a sci-fi film.
He goes from slow numbers like “At The Beach” (it feels like lying in the sand at midnight staring up at the stars) and “Hiding Place” to uptempo rockers such as “Brazil” (with a cosmopolitan South American feel to it) and the back-to-back “Deep in my Heart” (with piano and acoustic guitar) and “Make It Happen” (featuring organ). There are some left-field entries such as the ambient (lack of melody, random notes and beats) “Special Movement.” One thing is for certain, Gronau will surprise you again and again. You absolutely will not be able to predict where is going from tune to tune, or even within a given number (some instruments do not even enter the picture until he is halfway through).
The bottom-line is that musically there is a lot going on and it is all good stuff. This is one you will want to check out, especially if you are one of us music junkies always looking for our fix of interesting, exciting, new music that says something some way that has never exactly been stated like that before. Go for it.
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