In 2000, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Markus Reuter recorded Blast, their first album as a duo. Comprising of four monumental, otherworldly compositions spread out across as many sides of vinyl, the music was an overt tribute: “I had discovered Tangerine Dream’s Zeit sometime in the late 1980s and it had blown me away,” Wöstheinrich says, “I remember thinking to myself: This is the album I’ve been waiting for my entire life!” More than three decades later, he now presents Elsewhere – a record that once again feels deeply inspired by the Krautrock classics.
Recorded entirely live and again produced by Reuter, Elsewhere’s four epic sequencer journeys ignite a black dance of hypnotic pulses, surreal electronic silhouettes and mood music for sentimental cyborgs. The record was created with a minimal, but carefully honed set-up to create these floating and flowing studies in rhythm and time.
Despite its modern leanings, Elsewhere is decidedly part of a continuum that stretches from Zeit to the present day. It is unlikely that this album will have the same impact that Tangerine Dream’s ‘Zeit’ once did – in a sense, this may be impossible for any release. But it is the album Wöstheinrich was meant to record his entire life.