Silhouettes is the first new studio album in five years from seminal electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze. Schulze, who was born in Berlin in 1947, started his musical career as a drummer, initially with amateur band Psy Free, then with Berlin sound avant-gardists Tangerine Dream before going on to join Ash Ra Tempel. Following the recording of Ash Ra Tempel's debut album, Schulze left the fold to embark on his solo career.
In the summer of 1971 he built his first small sound studio in the bedroom of his flat, where he recorded his debut Irrlicht which arrived in 1972 and has been followed by countless successors; experts estimate the number of releases featuring Schulze to be at least 200, but more probably 500. The press were enthusiastic from the beginning, referring to Schulze as the "King Of Cosmic Music" and the "Magician on the Big Moog," calling his work a "monument of forward-looking music."
The four compositions on Silhouettes were created between the summer and autumn of 2017, following an extended period which was - due to health problems - very quiet and for this reason very meditative. Schulze: "The result automatically was a phase of reflection, of retrospection, of pure contemplation. In the wake of your 70th birthday you naturally find yourself looking back at the past so the result is a reorientation, a renewed awareness of what is really important."
Schulze describes the music on Silhouettes as a "reduction to the essential things" and has consciously worked only very sparingly with solos and vocal elements. "No great distractions, nothing to force your attention in a certain direction, no major effects or gimmicks, no frills or dominant rhythms. It was important to me to paint the pictures in the depth of the space, the sonic fields of tension and atmosphere." Sonic images that inspire with their meditative ambience, their compositional elegance, their gentle advance into expanses and depths.