Colours Of Time
02. Colours of Time part 2 18:05
Organ [Electric Organ], Synthesizer - Peter Michael Hamel
Organ [Electric Organ], Synthesizer, Engineer - Ulrich Kraus
A truly visionary sort of chap, Hamel emerged from the progressive end of the Krautrock scene at the very start of the 1970s. A wildly talented composer, his group Between (named after his dream of “the blue flower growing between the milestones on the road to a future world-music”, obvs) recorded a handful of wonderful albums before Hamel went solo. A theorist obsessed with Indian classical music, free jazz and the meditative experience of self-exploration, Hamel’s 1980 LP Colours Of Time is an absolute masterpiece of skull-bursting, synth-led ambient-minimalism. It’s pointless me telling you about what each track sounds like as both 20-minute (or so) pieces go, “widdly-diddly-ohhhhmmmm-oooohhhhhh” in the most wonderful and enlightening way. The following year’s Bardo is more classical, more ecclesiastical even, suffused with high church drama and stained-glass gloriousness. All instrumental, no choruses, nothing to whistle, just a lot of brain-stroking beauty. Pull the curtains, lie flat on your back, whack the headphones on and drift away to somewhere between east and west, up and down, day and night.