Berlin based duo Klartraum unleash their debut album “Evolution” on their own Lucidflow label as an engrossing recollection of their musical and personal journey so far. Each track adds cryptic clues with each beat that unfolds to reveal a tapestry of individual emotions and experiences along their road of musical discovery.
With each track created at break neck speed, it is snapshot of the pair’s souls at each point in time. The raw emotion laid out in each piece beckons to the listener’s subconscious, awakening a deeper understanding that oscillates between the world of the listener and artist.
Unique Shadow is the tentative first step, warm pads meet with a wistful melody, coupled with the longing keys that activate the fringes of your conscious. Plugging the sands of time the track’s open hearted melodies seep into the soul to soften the senses for what is ahead. From opening haze emerges the stark and angular Push Yourself as the album’s path begins to twist itself into shape. Still with narcotic disjointment, Its rhythms convulse with an aquatic ebb, while the low end flirts with the floor.
Past Lives tames the regimented march of it’s predecessor, painting a nostalgic picture that joins the dots between Balearic beaches and Berlin basements. Dark and claustrophobic, Lenny Stay Out Of Trouble plucks at the walls of self illusion, while Substance is a more forthright exploration of the sensual natures of dance floor stimulus.
Neti Neti returns to the void, with its suggestive mechanical melodies cleansing the musical palette. Taking things widescreen, the alien sound scape of Pain Relief opens out into a pulsing super nova, rhythmically pushing and pulling chinks of light through its brooding exterior. Snapping the mind back from the edge of space, Growth ambushes the journey with rolling percussion and deep chords, once again realigning the journey.
With the energy raised, Passion builds again, with inquisitive melodies and beautifully organic instrumentation. Its warm and earthy textures soon give way to the metronomic, industrial All Dimensions. Designed to pulse deep underground in forgotten bunkers, it recalls the timeless thump of clubs like Tresor.
Rising from its stomping predecessor comes Angelo, which has a cinematic quality and a swing that chaperons the journey into the blissfully jacking afterglow of Beyond Illusion. Working the hips again is Casual Waves, which creates a restrained euphoria as the album begins to reach its conclusions. Assured drums and gently ebbing melodies bathe in and edifying light, gently winding things down into Inner Sky and Unique Self. The album’s most self assured moments, the melodies and bass inform each other of an infinite freedom.
The themes explored as Klartraum jam through their debut take on the long player are entirely universal. Their approach to the format is entirely unique.
KLARTRAUM ALBUM CD “Evolution” dj feedbacks:
Konrad Black: “So many good tracks to go through, with top notch production…thanks!”
Mark Bell (Shaboom Records): “I love every cut!” (will chart)
Patrick Lindsey: “dickes ding :)!”
Martin (Noir Music): “Solid Album. Nice Work Fellas. Thanks”
Russell Deeks (n/a): “High quality, forward-thinking techno with a house edge, look forward to listening to it properly!”
Le Vinyl (i Records/Loco Records/Reisei records): “nice pack :)”
Jan Mir (Claqueur Records): “Großartiges Album !!! Es klappert und klackert an allen Enden und groovt trotzdem in voller Wräme ab. TOP !!! Ein Sound, den man wiedererkennt.” (will chart)
Farrin Collins (Kaato): “MASSIVE! your development, or better we call it evolution ;) is enormous and inspires me a lot! perfect productions with extreme power and sound(s) – flowing through my mind, body and soul!!”
Chris Lamb (Soma): “love the glitch of Klartraum :) will listen fully very soon :)”
DZeta N’ Basile (1Trax/Tsuba/Real Tone): “Really guys….SICKKKKKKK…..Great work…I am fucking speechless!!! I think at the next afterhours Party we will try 8 on 15:) Thanks for sending this. Davide&Claudio” (will chart)
Florian Schirmacher (FormResonance): “All Dimensions, Neti Neti, Groth are my favorites. a melodic journey! thank you!!!! GROSSE KLASSE… ! ” (will chart)
Franco Bianco: “WWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOWWW !!!! THIS IS HUGEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!! Klartraum in my VEINSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! ” (will chart)
Matt Gatt (Pinksilver, AU): “Evolution highlights an indisputable fact that Klartraum have managed to find the perfect balance between musicality and momentum. This ep showcases the thoughtfulness of two amazing producers who have managed to bring back the soul to a genre which has been weighed down with an abundance of lazy and bland productions coupled with extreme egos. So many great tunes on here, especially All Dimensions, Pain Relief and Unique Self. Klartraum have certainly been the stand out producers to me over the last 12 months and evolution shows why. An essential ep for all discerning purists of the underground scene who are seeking a consistent source of quality music to play out the masses. Will play, chart and play over and over again till the cows come home mooooooooooo 10/10 ” (will chart)
Orde Slam (Soma/Paragraph): “amazing – thanx again” (will chart)
Herve Dias (Brotha Herve ;-) ): “What is there to say?!Transcending!! love everything about Klartraum and the way they translate their deep emotional shadows into music.Evolution big thanks”
Matthias Springer (Diametral Records / electrosound.tv): “Awesome Album, great story, great moods! thx for this trip”
Da Funk: “what an album! cant deicde which track i dig the most but there’s a lot of them! full suppot coming from me!” (will chart)
City Soul Project (i! Records, Pack Up & Dance, Blockhead): “Wow! Where do we begin, like all of these – great, solid release and what a debut. Support”
Carlos Sanchez (Supernature / 8bit) (DJ Carlos Sanchez): “full support guys! ”
John P. – Westradio.gr: “Great collecton by Klartraum…i will have this pack always in my bag…many thnx..keep it up !!!” (will chart)
riccicomoto (acryl music, IRMA records, PDR, fairlads digital, 5000 records, holophon, final house): “…very very nice release…marvelous groovin beatz with a lot of soulriding ambience…”dis is music”…!!!” (will chart)
Paul Loraine (Lucidflow, Four:Twenty, Akbal): “I love everything about Klartraum, and I love this album! ” (will chart)
Will Kinsella (Ceoltronic Radio) (Sleaze Records): “Hey Guys. Loving the album. Nice vibes overall. Will feature on the show. Thanks a mill. Keep the positivity coming :)”
awesome Dom (Soma): “Where shall i start? “Push yourself, Neti Neti, Angelo…” and I can continue to throw you names of great tunes… Love the collection. :)”