Samstag, 28. April 2012

28.04.2012 - Rezension zu "REED ADVENTURES" von Tomatrax:

Thomas Lukassek is a Piper from Germany. On this solo album is a collection of songs in which he explores the sounds of his bagpipes along with a large range of other instruments ranging from the oriental oud to the didgeridoo. The result is some amazing songs full of original ideas and very clever arrangements.

The album opens with some didgeridoo sounds in Bareless Fivestar.As the song progresses some more Celtic sounds start to flow in creating an unusual mix of sounds and styles which work beautifully, creating a new, unusual but amazing soundscape.

Sunday afternoon is a laid back and relaxed offering led by some chilling pan pipes. The various elements create a dreamy atmosphere making you feel as if you are by a flowing river somewhere far away.

Bagblues, as the name might suggest, is Mr Lukassek’s interpretation of the blues. Backed with some cool guitars he manages to get the bagpipes to fit in well within the vibe creating a unique but effecting tune.

Molehills is a beautiful, Pan pipe led tune. There is a slight River dance feel to the song with some really catchy tunes. As it progresses some guitars creep into the sound giving the song an energetic rocking feel.

The title track sees everything come together with elements of blues rock, spacey prog rock and traditional Celtic sounds all mixed in. The result is something truly amazing and nothing like anything else out there!

This is quite an impressive album with a sound unlike anything else around. You might want to avoid it if you don’t like the sound of bagpipes. However those that are open to new sounds and unusual ideas will find something quite amazing in this record.

Samstag, 21. April 2012

21.04.2012 - Rezension zu "REED ADVENTURES" von Stuart Cassells - founder of the highly successful bagpipe group ‘The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’

Review by Stuart Cassells

REED ADVENTURES – Thomas Lukassek (self released)

Genre: Bagpipes, Celtic, Ambience, Instrumental

‘Reed Adventures’ is exactly as the title suggests. It’s an experiment with the fusion of various types of bagpipes playing together along with backing instrumentation cleverly provided by loops and samples.
The CD features the electronic sound of The Highland, Lowland and Uillean bagpipes in different styles, genres and moods. Thanks to modern technology and programming software, this kind of experimentation of instrumentation and timbres, which would have cost previously tens of thousands of pounds, can now be replicated in all studios.

It is refreshing to hear an album that uses the various sounds from different bagpipes together in the one song and I believe there is a future for more cross-pollination of bagpipes. The Uilleann pipe over the Smallpipe sound on the track ‘Grade Two River’ is particularly nice and combined with the strong hypnotic melody makes this is my favourite track on the album. The counter melody played on the Uilleann pipes over the main tune is fantastic.  Another highlight is ‘Sunday Afternoon’. The sleeve notes mention this was originally to be called ‘Migraine’ but a migraine wouldn’t sound as melodic as this. A gentle song where the sound of waves and soft Low Whistle accompanied by tasteful acoustic guitar and strings will make you relax and daydream. It wouldn’t be out of place as background music in an expensive health spa.

There are tracks I feel didn’t quite pull off the experiment of sounds. ‘Bagblues’ in particular didn’t work for me. I didn’t think the melody was catchy enough and the backing didn’t enhance the tune but I did enjoy the Jews Harp solo in the middle. The title track ‘Reed Adventures’ sounded too much like samples and didn’t have the strong melody that bagpipe tunes require or the evolution of a song going somewhere.
‘For Ireland I’ll Not Tell Her Name’ has a great groove behind it and is a classic melody with good blending of Smallpipe and Highland pipe sounds. The accompaniment chords, especially in the second part, aren’t always the most sympathetic for the tune but I’m sure this track will be enjoyed by most.

There are a few tracks that have the great popular ‘Enya’ Celtic anthem feel, which with bagpipes is always a powerful sound. ‘Benderloch Fox’ is a lovely example of this and the string sounds really enhance the pipe sounds. The first track of the album entitled ‘Barless Fivestar’ is a good choice of opener for the CD as it gives a good intro with the didgeridoo sounds over low whistle and is a great flavour for what the rest of the album sounds like.
‘Reed Adventures’ is indeed an adventure of sounds and Thomas Lukassek shows he is a clever musician with a good ear for blending complimentary instruments and many sounds.  has produced a nice CD with lots of good ideas that deserve further exploring.

Stuart Cassells is the founder of the highly successful bagpipe group ‘The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’. He became the first bagpiper to graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a degree in bagpipes and in 2005 he was awarded the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Donnerstag, 19. April 2012

19.04.2012 - Rezension zu "REED ADVENTURES" von Maxi P.   

Schon der Titel ist sehr interessant gewählt: „Reed Adventures“ und das Cover zeigt eine Great Highland Bagpipe vor einer romantischen schottischen Landschaft. Der erste Eindruck des Albums ist, dass es genau diese beiden Aspekte vereint: Ruhige Stücke stehen fetzigen Ohrwürmern mit E-Gitarrenbegleitung entgegen. Dieser Stil von Thomas Lukassek zieht sich über die gesamte Platte.

Das erste Stück beginnt sehr mysteriös und verträumt mit einer Whistle und einen Didgeridoo, der einen sofort in seinen Bann zieht. Auch nachdem der Dudelsack und eine Geige einsetzen wird diese Stimmung beibehalten, doch nach 3 Minuten kommt mir dieses Stück eintönig vor, da der Dudelsack scheinbar immer das Selbe spielt. Hier kommt jedoch der Bruch, Pipes und Whistle wechseln sich ab und das Stück gewinnt an Pepp. Dennoch, irgendetwas fehlt hier…
Doch der erste Eindruck täuscht. Thomas Lukassek, ausgebildet unter Anderen von Callum Beaumont und Derek Midgley, hat noch um einiges mehr zu bieten. Die CD ist, wie sie schon im ersten Stück zeigt, keine klassische Solopiping-CD, sondern verfolgt einen Stil, den man schon von seinem Projekt „Kilt-Rock-Band“ kennt.

Das Stück „Bagblues“ ist meiner Meinung nach ein Höhepunkt der CD und zeigt wie ruhig und entspannt dieses ursprüngliche Kriegsinstrument klingen kann und auch das Stück „Reed Adventures“ hat es mit seinen fetzigen Riffs in sich, welche die Bagpipe wirklich gut unterlegen.

„Sunday Afternoon“ ist hingegen ein ganz anderes Stück. Als Soloinstrument fungiert die Whistle und Thomas Lukassek spielt hier sehr traurig und schön, untermalt von Trommel und Gitarre, sowie Streichern und Triangel. Dieses Stück lädt wirklich zum Träumen ein und unterscheidet sich von dem Rest der CD, da es den typischen Irish-Folk-Flair durchgängig beibehält.

Alles in Allem kann ich diese CD jedem empfehlen, der gerne Irische und Schottische Musik hört und die Bagpipe mal ganz anders als gewohnt hören möchte. Auch Liebhaber anderer Instrumente kommen bei der CD nicht zu kurz, da er allerlei  Instrumente auf der CD vereinigt, die man ansonsten noch nie zusammen gehört hat.
Ich persönlich mag diese CD sehr und finde vor Allem die Vielfalt genial, mit der er seine Stücke gestaltet. Dabei finde ich allerdings die Whistle-Teile fast besser als den Teil wo der Dudelsack vorkommt.

Maxi P.