Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Tristesse

Very few electronic musicians possess the brilliance and consistency of the German duo, Kollektiv Turmstrasse. In January 2008, I wrote a review for the fantastic music blog Ultramagnetique.com about their single “Tristesse.” I noted that:

“Modest and magnificent at once, this release begins with gentle, lush synths and twitters of sound like those of a magical forest awakening at dawn. A full minute later percussion, snare, and bass join the landscape to add a direction and a groove. Once the plucked main synth joins the fray, you can almost glimpse woodland nymphs popping up between the trees in tempo with the mellow beat. Countless swirls, flourishes, percussive effects and sound droplets, all intricately interspersed, weave in and out throughout the remainder of the track to form a symphonic panorama of beauty and detail only reliably found in the great outdoors itself.

Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann have conjured a delightful daydream whose spell will last for years to come.”

Late last year, I was thrilled to discover the pairing of this magnificent track with a stunning sequence from Disney’s Fantasia 2000. It turns out my impression of the track was surprisingly close to the vision of the musicians…

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