Nautilus

Martin Ludwig and Ralf Obel form the synthsduo Nautilus. They produce music since 1997.
Nautilus
Nautilus - Along the Winding Road

Artist: Nautilus
P: 2008
This album certainly uses electronics in abundance as we have two dedicated keyboard players but we also have two guitarists. Guitar is certainly the main feature on the opener 'Winding Road' where the most lovely acoustic guitar melody is played with feeling over tranquil pads. This is excellent stuff, with real style, getting the album off to a first rate start. Then we get onto the second track 'Free Flying Spirits' where electronics are much more to the fore with its driving rhythms, sequence and synth washes. As with the opener, guitar provides the lead as the plucked melody gently floats from the speakers. Simply gorgeous. I hope the band are just playing with us here as it would be a shame if this was their last album as they just get better all the time (this album being the highlight of their output thus far). Musically the track, for most of its duration, is rather sad but there is a slight uplifting of the mood within the last couple of minutes, so you never know. It is obvious that the album is telling a story, has some sort of concept behind it, but I suppose the interpretation is down to the listener. Above all though this is a wonderful melodic instrumental album, the genre in which it is placed really isn't important. It should have wide appeal.

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Nautilus - In Search of Castaways

Artist: Nautilus
P: 2004
German electronic music group Nautilus comes back for their third album on Prudence with a changed line-up and a slightly modified sound. While their debut album "Solar Moon" and its successor "North Pole Pilgrim" presented a very special blend of electronics, spacy rock and world music, the new album puts more emphasis on the spheric rock in the tradition of Tangerine Dream or Pink Floyd, and less on the ethnic elements. The guitar style of Werner Strätz, strongly influenced by Dave Gilmour and Peter Green, now plays a more dominant role, balancing Martin Ludwig's complex keyboard and synthie work. New member Ralf Weiden congenially adapts to the homogenous sound of the group.
As it has already been the case on "North Pole Pilgrim", two epic compositions ("Time To Turn" and the title track) build the cornerstones of the new album "In Search Of Castaways", nine other tracks are grouped around them. All of these compositions convince with beautiful melodies and well-crafted harmony. Once more Nautilus impressively combine great space rock traditions with the exploration of new sonic territory, making "In Search Of Castaways" a timelessly atttractive record.


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Nautilus - North Pole Pilgrim

Artist: Nautilus
P: 2002
Like it's predecessor, 2001s "Solar Moon", the new album by German electronic specialists Nautilus, titled "North Pole Pilgrim", is inspired by a work of the great French novelist and futurist Jules Verne. The adventures of his enigmatic character "Kapitän Hatteras" are the blueprint for an imaginary trip to the most northern place on earth, which gives the fourth Nautilus CD its internal structure.
"North Pole Pilgrim" is centered around two lengthy, epic pieces ("Iceland" and "Morning Dawn"). But also on the other nine tracks Martin Ludwig (keys, synths, sequencer), Ralf Obel (sampling, synths, sequencer) and Werner Strätz (guitar) manage to gap the bridge from their great influences (Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Peter Green) to the present and into a fictitious future. Based on mostly very lively grooves they blend modern electronics and deftly integrated elements of worldmusic into a very unique, melodious and highly atmospheric instrumental music. Once again a pioneer of their genre lend them a helping hand: the stunning sound of this production carries the trademark of the magic touch of former Grobschnitt mastermind EROC.

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Nautilus - Rising Balloon

Artist: Nautilus
P: 1998
After the compulsory but finely crafted atmospheric opening minute it is straight into a slow sequence that wouldn’t have been out of place on a Rolf Trostel album. In the background are samples of radio broadcasts (appropriately for a track called ‘AirWaves’) that seem to be about nuclear tests. The title track is littered with melancholy melodies over a chugging sequence low in the mix. The guitar line during the last three minutes is particularly effective. ‘Playballs’ begins with a sequence that brings up images of light being broken up into rainbow colours as it illuminates a small woodland waterfall. The image slowly evolves and builds until the original delicate sequence is joined by one of the more robust variety. ‘The Mystery Jungle’ makes more use of samples but is mainly a very melodic number both in the sequences themselves and the lead lines. It is all change at the half way mark as insect sounds and strange noises dominate, we have now entered the jungle and things continue this way until a minute from the end when it is back to melody and sequence.
More Jungle type noises start ‘Prayers of the Wind’, the rhythm then takes over with the sounds of the said wind blowing over the top and vocal samples occupying the middle ground. The rhythm builds still further and a flute mimics the previous vocal line. The samples return with new vigour as do the drums and continue to the end. ‘Hypnotic Balloons’ makes use of a tubular bell sounding sequence but this changes through a multitude of mutations to something that sounds altogether more synthetic. The track basically consists of this “hypnotic” sequence gradually changing right until the end. ‘The River’ is a delightful melodic piece, simple but beautiful. The melodies are just gorgeous. Easily the best track on the album.
Mesmerizing tabla rhythms and suitably Eastern samples provide the backbone to another hypnotic number ‘Flying Home in Trance’.


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Nautilus - Solar Moon

Artist: Nautilus
P: 2001
The album is split into three "phases" with each subdivided into separate tracks. The first section starts with windy type ambient effects through which a melodic loop just manages to hold in there. A rhythm starts up and we begin to get into a very pleasant groove. At five minutes we have a rather good staccato melody followed by another which is a lot deeper and rumbling. Both melodies then meld together to form an easy on the ear but also driving track. Its a good opener which will have great appeal to everyone except those that like their music of the ambient persuasion. Its with relief that we enter the next sub section, the longest track on the album at almost fourteen minutes. Its very much a return to form. It begins with a melodic loop over soft pads. A beautifully stroked electric guitar lead floats over the top. Its a very tranquil number, ideal for lazing to on a Sunday afternoon. At around the half way mark it does become somewhat more urgent as the guitar playing steps up a gear but it could hardly be called a thrash, just triumphant happy playing. Its a lovely track and will appeal to almost anyone. The final piece gets into a relaxed groove with half heard vocal samples in the background. The piano lead is almost jazzy but combines well with yet more enjoyable guitar playing. We are again bordering on "Stilton" but just manage to avoid it. Relax and be happy.

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Nautilus - Solar Moon

Artist: Nautilus
P: 2000
The album is split into three "phases" with each subdivided into separate tracks. The first section starts with windy type ambient effects through which a melodic loop just manages to hold in there. A rhythm starts up and we begin to get into a very pleasant groove. At five minutes we have a rather good staccato melody followed by another which is a lot deeper and rumbling. Both melodies then meld together to form an easy on the ear but also driving track. Its a good opener which will have great appeal to everyone except those that like their music of the ambient persuasion. Its with relief that we enter the next sub section, the longest track on the album at almost fourteen minutes. Its very much a return to form. It begins with a melodic loop over soft pads. A beautifully stroked electric guitar lead floats over the top. Its a very tranquil number, ideal for lazing to on a Sunday afternoon. At around the half way mark it does become somewhat more urgent as the guitar playing steps up a gear but it could hardly be called a thrash, just triumphant happy playing. Its a lovely track and will appeal to almost anyone. The final piece gets into a relaxed groove with half heard vocal samples in the background. The piano lead is almost jazzy but combines well with yet more enjoyable guitar playing. We are again bordering on "Stilton" but just manage to avoid it. Relax and be happy. 

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V/A - Electronic @ge Vol. 1

Artist: Roedelius, Peter Mergener,
Kistenmacher, Gruberski u.a.

P: 2001
Nice collection of the Prudence Label.

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