Boomkat Product Review:
Legowelt turns a Swiss candy shop of rare synths into a definitive masterwork for the first release on a highly promising new series.
Like a kid in the proverbial, the Dutch boffin clearly had a great time at Fribourg, Switzerland’s SMEM (Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments) in early 2019, where he was invited to be the first artist in residence at the ‘Playroom’ project, and left was “flabbergasted” at their array of obscure synths, prophesying it may “turn into the world’s most magical place for synths”. The results are simply stone cold classic Legowelt, pulpy and warbly in all the right places, and totally evoking a classic nEuropean sort of synth romance in the style that’s served him for over 25 years.
Nerds may need to know that he used the following synthesizers: Moog Memorymoog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Evolution EVS-1, Pulser Dual Voice Synthesizer, Roland Promars Compuphonic, Farfisfa Syntorchestra, Simmons Digital Clap Trap, FBT Synther 2000: and everyone else should know it’s some of his best work bar none; from the gauzy Vangelisian brass flares of the titular opener, to the high grade nostalgia of ‘Swiss Fairytales’, the glittering electro of ‘Prophet Vector Synth Dazzling In The Sun’, and sublime space-chamber enigmas ‘These Phenomena Are Not Well Understood’ and ‘Roxannes Magic Watch’.