Günter Schlienz: Contemplation

  • Günter Schlienz: Contemplation
  • Günter Schlienz: Contemplation

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Design by Mark Gowing

The Preservation label presents Contemplation, the first full-length work from German artist Günter Schlienz. For a decade, Schlienz has created meditative works of epic reach with intimate, reflective resonance. His individual style comes from an ever-searching sense of experimentalism that stems not only from his sense of composition but his creation of his own modular synthesisers and other instruments. Contemplation is Schlienz’s most personal yet, acting as a compendium that ties the various strands of his musical pursuits together in a new and fresh vision. In a way, Contemplation is a record of how he has developed as an artist and as himself. While the cosmic touch is ever present across Contemplation, earthy and pastoral scenes are never far from Schlienz’s gaze. Norm Chambers – aka Panabrite and a kindred spirit – contributes to the swelling, soaring Humble, Numb is bubbling and bucolic in feel and Shimmer is a soft, sweet paen to the evening. Reaching further, Lament is a majestic drone, raga-like in its deep focus, and Janitor is a final hazy delight of floating tones and starry dub-like echoes. Ultimately, Contemplation is in equal thrall to joy, melancholy, nature and space. It’s a radiant poise Schlienz holds throughout, finding a peaceful plane.

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