Boomkat Product Review:
One to tick off the library wants list, Drag City offer a lovely overview of Joel Vandroogenbroek’s fusioneering ’80s library music adorned with brilliant Robert Beatty artwork
A onetime member of psych / space rock outfit Brainticket, with a catalogue reaching back to the ‘50s, Joel Vandroogenbroek was a Belgian composer, engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist particularly beloved for his armful of albums with Switzerland’s Coloursound Library. Joel passed away in December, 2019 while this collection was in assembly, and ‘Far View’ now arrives as a bountiful posthumous testament to his rich musical imagination, omnivorously drawing from myriad disciplines of jazz, rock, and more far flung styles of sub-continental Indian and Far Eastern traditions, plus electronic spheres.
A few of Joel’s later, electronic leaning releases, have long been in our wants list, so this collection is totally up our street, offering a historic peer back down the kaleidoscope of his vision where one will discover a fascinating cross-section of his catalogue, taking in genteel, prog-tinged 4th world intimations on ‘Fairy Tale’ and thru to the fluttering sehtars of ‘Biblical Band’, while ‘Easy To Love’ exemplifies his eaze at turning a hand to sweet lounge jazz, ‘’Wono Sari’ looks out to chiming Far eastern modes, and the likes of ‘Chipland Liquids’ and ‘New Wave Rock’ sizzle with carefully crafted electronics.