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Buhlmann, Ronald: Emnaloc

Hailing from Switzerland, Multi-instrumentalist and composer Roland Buhlmann is an unknown to me. Emnaloc is apparently a word that Buhlmann created and is meant to convey a musical journey, as he uses music to express things that he feels words cannot for him. "Umiion" crosses a number of genre's, there are moments of electronic, new age, and then heavier guitar driven sections that are right at home under the Progressive genre. The tracks are mostly in the 7-10 minute range, and contain atmospheric keyboards with guitars leading the way. The arrangements are unique, they often change at the drop of a hat, and you'll find little things in the background going on that you may not always pick up on without repeated listens. Buhlmann displays some decent chops on guitar ("Assailen"), but at times it does not seem to fit the music. I started to feel a disconnection the further I got into the CD; I can't put my finger on why. Parts don’t seem to fit together, and there are times where stylistically it may try to cover too much ground. Violinist David Cross appears on "Rithnal", and delivers a fine performance, but again, the track has a disjointed feel. I can't say that the CD regained its footing for me, there are certainly some interesting musical moments, and I quite enjoyed the atmospheres that were created when the trumpet was added courtesy of Luca Calabrese.

I would encourage anyone interested in instrumental music that crosses the lines of new age, electronic, and progressive to give this a listen.

Track List:

  1. Umiion
  2. Assailen
  3. Sevamcao
  4. Rithnal
  5. Yndrun
  6. Letarladoth
  7. Berithlan
  8. Emnaloc

Added: December 8th 2022
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Artists @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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