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New Releases and Reviews - P'Faun "The Golden Peacock" - 5th Review

BruecknerAmbient - Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:09 pm
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I'm happy to announce that P'Faun's first full album

THE GOLDEN PEACOCK

will be available soon (most likely "in sync" with the E-Live festival in two weeks) as (real!) CD on Ron Boot's label Groove Unlimited.

The album has been in the works (off and on) for more than five years and includes studio versions of most of the songs played in two concerts in 2013 by "Betzler & Brückner" (the earlier version of the band) - plus some more...

The style is (obviously) close to P'Faun's debut EP "Sp'Roque" (and earlier Betzler & Brückner albums) - which means an electronic variety of space rock (or a rocking variety of electronic space... Wink ).

A teaser with some excerpts will be shared soon via YouTube and / or Soundcloud (we're working on that...).

Of course, You can also come and see the band at E-Live, where we're going to play quite a few tracks from the album...


P'Faun is:

Tommy Betzler: electronic & acoustic drums, percussion & gongs

Sammy David: electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar

Michael Brückner: synthesizer, keyboards, electronics, processed voice

...together with five wonderful musical guests - mentioned in the track list below:

1. So Ham (A Suite) (14;49 min)
...featuring Cilia di Ponte (voice) and Doris Hach (cello)

2. Flying Fish (7:00 min)

3. King Gong (9:15)
...featuring Gerd Weyhing (guitar, looped guitar, bass)

4. House In The Storm - Part 2 (by P'Cock) (10:5Cool

5. Number Five (Is Still Alive) (7:18 min)
...featuring Harald Nies (guitar)

6. P'Quences (14:38 min)
...featuring Rene van der Wouden (synths, keyboards)

7. Blue Pearls - Part 1 (7:23 min)
8. Blue Pearls - Part 2 (7:04 min)


The album was mixed and produced by Michael Brückner & Sammy David and mastered by Hans-Dieter Schmidt.


I'd also like to mention that the wonderful cover painting is by the Brazilian painter and illustrator Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, who's other (fascinating) work you can admire here:

https://www.lupevision.com/

Here's a low-res version of it (sorry, there's no better one available on the net at the moment I could link to...)

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Thanks for Your interest! Smile

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REWO Records - Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 am
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Thank you Michael. Happy to be that our cooperation is on the album. A truely wonderful cover. Talk to you on E-Live somewhere during the afternoon.
BruecknerAmbient - Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:57 pm
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« REWO Records » wrote:
Thank you Michael. Happy to be that our cooperation is on the album. A truely wonderful cover. Talk to you on E-Live somewhere during the afternoon.


Thank You very much, Rene! Smile Looking forward to see You next week there.
Hopefully, Ron will have the album at hand by then, so we can present You Your artist copy right away!

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By the way (everybody) - here's the trailer video:

https://youtu.be/ySh-Ca1a1lo

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BruecknerAmbient - Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:02 pm
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THE GOLDEN PEACOCK is now also available as download from Groove Unlimited (mp3 or FLAC)

https://shop.groove.nl/gr-254-flac
https://shop.groove.nl/gr-254-mp3

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REWO Records - Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:32 pm
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Wonderful album. Highly recommended. (I got my copy)
BruecknerAmbient - Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:04 pm
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Sylvain Lupari wrote a quite positive review of "The Golden Peacock" for his magazine "Synth&Sequences"!!! <3

"The Golden Peacock is another must-have album from (this) trio..."

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"For this first album on the Groove label, the descendant of P'Cock offers a brilliant album where the colors of EM get mix to a solid symphonic rock with a surprising musicality. Heavy, incisive and so much catchy, “the golden peacock” follows this curve of creativity that the duo Betzler & Brückner has initiated in 2015 with the album Two."



Read the complete review - in English AND French - here:

http://synthsequences.blogspot.com/2018/11/pfaun-golden-peacock-2018.html

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VCO1 - Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:02 am
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« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
Read the complete review - in English AND French - here:

I'd rather not.
If there's one reviewer of EM on the net I can't take seriously it's Sylvain Lupari. His reviews are inconsistent and unreadable.
Not saying your album is bad, b.t.w. From what I heard I quite liked it.
BruecknerAmbient - Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:01 pm
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BruecknerAmbient - Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:26 pm
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Starwalker - Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:53 pm
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Michael i got the cd, its great.
BruecknerAmbient - Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:47 pm
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BruecknerAmbient - Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:04 pm
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BruecknerAmbient - Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:55 pm
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Prog reviewer Jochen Rindfrey wrote a positive review of P’Faun’s „The Golden Peacock“ for the Babyblaue Seiten prog rock review page. Laughing

Read his original review (in German) here (or my rough English translation below):
http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_17776.html#oben

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P’Faun is kind of a follow-up formation to the band P´Cock, which released two LPs on Klaus Schulze's label Innovative Communication in the early 80s. Drummer Tommy Betzler was a founding member of P’Cock, and some 30 years after the end of this band, he now launched P’Faun together with electronic musician Michael Brückner and Sammy David on guitar and bass.
Betzler and Brückner had already worked as a duo before, with Sammy David supporting them from time to time. A well-rehearsed team. After a debut EP released in spring 2018, „The Golden Peacock“, their first full time album, followed about half a year later. And while the EP with the beautiful title „sp'roque“ had already been filled with almost an hour of music, „The Golden Peacock“ now nearly exhausts the maximum CD playing time with 78 minutes.

Back on „Triplet“ by the duo Betzler & Brückner I found the guitar playing of Sammy David particularly fascinating, as they added a strong portion of Spacerock to the predominantly electronic music of the core duo. And it's exactly this direction in which the three of them - occasionally with one or the other guest musician - now continue on Golden Peacock, expanding their repertoire with decidedly retro-progressive passages.

Michael Brückner switches between ambient soundscapes, pulsating sequences and symphonic synth fanfares, to which Tommy Betzler adds the right drive. And when Sammy David contributes his glistening solos, the electronic space rock orgy is perfect.
But already the introductory „So Ham (A Suite)“ turns out to be a piece of symphonic progressive rock over long stretches, only with a clearly electronic emphasis.
„Flying Fish“, on the other hand, sounds like a typical piece of electronic music from the Berlin school - at least until drums and guitar kick in and the music mutates into driving electronic space rock. Unfortunately, the piece breaks off somewhat unmotivatedly...

The album continues in this field of tension between electronics, spacerock and symphonic prog, with sometimes one, sometimes the other component standing more in the foreground - which can also change within the same piece. Occasionally the trio also shifts down a gear like in the relaxed „King Gong“ with very nice soundscape-like sawing guitars.

„The Golden Peacock“ offers a varied and colourfully arranged combination of electronic music and spacerock, enriched by a few excursions into the field of symphonic prog. Especially lovers of electronic sounds should enjoy the album.

(11 of 15 points)

Jochen Rindfrey

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