Album:  	Green
Artist:  	Broekhuis, Keller & Sch÷nwΣlder
Year:  	        2015
Genre / Style:  Electronic / New Age / Berlin-School 

Following on from last year's teaser EP Direction Green, Broekhuis, Keller & Sch÷nwΣlder release their fourth colour-related album, and if you've heard Direction Green, some of the ideas that swirled about and were fed through the musical wave are focused and sharpened up on Green proper.

As probably the key proponents of contemporary Krautrock, Broekhuis, Keller & Sch÷nwΣlder are masters of their game, and having worked together for so long, their compositional abilities and intuitive knowledge as to how each other works creates some of the most intense, emotional and uplifting electronic music I have heard for some time.

Green One, whilst not as long as last year's Direction Green. is the longest piece on this album and revisits some of the electronic motifs from the EP before busting into life with some amazing analogue synth sounds and powerful percussion bringing to mind the work of Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre, but all neatly within the musical universe that BK&S have honed and created over their 21-year career.

Moving to a more organic sound on Green Two with an elegiac almost Tangerine Dream-esque opener, the piece builds and builds, slowly, sinuously, until the powerfully-precise percussion of Broekhuis starts to drive the piece, really pushing in at around the five-minute mark, as the synths start to sound like a choral cavalcade. The beat drives on, as wave after wave of synth power ebbs and flows through the hypnotic beat-driven track, Broekhuis as intelligent and powerful as any drummer, and the way that Keller and Sch÷nwΣlder weave their sound together is a fine thing to hear.

Joined by regular contributors Raughi Ebert (acoustic and electric guitar) and Thomas Kagerman (flute and violin) on Green Three, the addition of the two extra musicians and their more traditional instruments gives the track a different sound, and the way the guitars and violins weave in and out throughout the track, and the use of pianos within, give it an almost late-night laid-back jazz feel, all blended and weaved into the BK&S sound.

Green Four is another well-made and beautifully performed piece of haunting contemporary Krautrock, as the way the trio blend their skills and weave their sound into a organic whole is a joy to listen to. Each track seamlessly flows into the other, until what you have is different pieces of the same musical jigsaw, which when put together the right way are really enjoyable - a contemporary electronic symphony.

The final track, and by far the shortest on the album, Yellow is not Green, with its heartbeat percussion, its simmering synths with a mournful sax sound, sounds similar but different to what has come before, and is maybe dropping hints about what lies round the corner for BK&S.

Whatever way you look at it Green is a triumph of electronic music, the contemporary electronic symphony that redefines the sound of Krautrock, and exposes the human soul that sits at the heart of the very best electronic music. A masterpiece. Conclusion: James R Turner: 9 out of 10 ( ;

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01) Green One
02) Green Two
03) Green Three
04) Green Four
05) Yellow Is Not Green
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