Update March 6, 2023: We have added the press information and some pictures from the booklet. Also we have corrected a slight error.
We received a copy of the eagerly awaited new Node album ‘Singularity‘ and Uwe Sasse took care to give it a listen:
Anyone who likes the music of Dave Bessell will certainly associate the music of “Node” in the same breath. Together with musicians Ed Buller, Flood and Gary Stout, the members of “Node” have again brought out a treat for the “vintage and modular fans” that reflects the full range of these devices. I would like to quote a sequence of text from the booklet that best describes the -Singularity-
“Raw and almost uncontrolled at times, delicate and ethereal at times, this quartet of fabulous musicians can create atmospheres and soundscapes like no other. The sizzling energy of the sounds they coax from these steam-powered behemoths literally pulsates with life and organic energy and is a real treat for lovers of the Berlin school style of electronic music.”
My first impression was a little scared, because right at the beginning of this album the experimental phase came out very clearly, which one could describe as “raw and uncontrolled” from the quote.
The further course of this album is easier to consume…..but as I said: easier, not easy 🙂
Even though it took me a little more time to really like or understand these sounds, this album still convinces me. It’s a journey into the past, the oversized device castles – music with “rough edges” and interesting sequencer runs.
Good that this style of electronic music is being continued! A highly recommended album from Ian Boddy’s label “DIN-Records”!
For more info see Node/DiN’s bandcamp page.
Notes from the press release
When synth supergroup Node first surfaced with their eponymous album in 1995 they, more than anyone else, nailed “that sound and vibe”, which had become the obsession of so many others. They seemed to encapsulate the very essence of the early German electronic music pioneers such as Tangerine Dream but with production values to die for courtesy of Node founder members Ed Buller & Flood, who were of course internationally renowned producers in their own right. But it was another 19 years before their follow up
album appeared on DiN as “Node 2”, to be closely followed (by Node standards), with their live concert album performed at the Royal College of Music, London. Up to that point that was the total canon of their work except for the EP “Terminus” recorded at their infamous Paddington Station gig. Surely they must have more material hidden away in their vaults and indeed this is exactly what the album “Singularity” is, the legendary “lost” Node album. Recorded at the same time as their original sessions in 1994 this has DiN stalwart Dave Bessell join Buller & Flood alongside original member Gary Stout who was later replaced by Mel Wesson for the two DiN releases. Presented here for the first time, mastered to modern standards but otherwise untouched and in its original form and recorded to two track with no overdubs. As a bonus the track “Terminus”,
mentioned above, is included in the release. The music is a snapshot in time 29 years ago when Node were first powering up their huge banks of vintage modulars and sequencers to create a tapestry of electronic sound. At times raw and almost out of control and at others delicate and ethereal this quartet of fabled musicians can create atmospheres and soundscapes like no other. The crackling energy of the sounds they coax out of these steam driven behemoths positively pulsates with life and organic energy and will be a real treat for aficionados of the Berlin school style of electronic music. Another great release from the DiN imprint released in a beautiful Digipak CD edition with a special 8 track booklet with photos taken at the time of the original recording sessions.