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Tauon: Far Away EP (2021) – Sine Music
Genre: Ambient, Electronic
When the single “Hopeful” by Tauon was already released on September 17, I was already mightily knocked off my feet. Tauon Electronic Sounds are from the very best and Hopeful made me want more. And today, on 08 October 2021, the long-awaited follow-up came out with the “Far Away” 5-track EP. And this one is a real treat.
The EP and the Tracks:
Just the cover of this EP is extremely well-chosen, the scenery is unique and reminds of areas such as the Highlands in Scotland, Iceland or even on the Faroe Islands. The cover also evokes associations with the EP “Roads Vol. 2” by the French electronic wonder Thylacine. On the one hand there are similarities in the cover and if you ask me how Tauon sounds like, the reference to Thylacine is certainly not that far-fetched.
The EP is indeed about traveling, but also about relaxing, dreaming and recharging energy – well, all this is somehow related to each other in our lives. With the opener “Roadtrip” you start your journey snapping your fingers with happy feelings, only to realize with the next track “Faraway” that you are now far away from the familiar paths you normally walk on. On the one hand it is wonderful, you feel a slight touch of freedom, but there is also a certain melancholy, because there is something new waiting for you, something unknown – how will this tun out?
With the third track, “Hopeful”, our journey becomes a bit melancholic, but also graceful and beautiful, with all these new experiences. But maybe a little bit of doubt resonates as well – after all, doesn’t hope always include a little bit of doubt? With the fourth track “Travel” Tauon once again conjures up his typical fascinating multidimensional soundscapes right into the middle of the empty space, and you can decide with your imagination how the journey should continue.
“Outside”, the last track on the EP, is in a class of its own. Involuntarily, you find yourself out there in the endless expanse of your very own imaginary worlds. “Outside” is an incredibly good track, a hammer track so to say, which has nothing to do with the shallow realms of various ambient sound creations, rather this track is a highlight of electronic music of recent years in very best Tangerine Dream / Klaus Schulze tradion. “Outside” sounds like a soundtrack for a yet to be written sci-fi movie from the pen of Denis Villeneuve, the track could also be the musical opener to Blade Runner III or could musically accompany the Voyager’s journey through the Delta Quadrant.
The Bottom Line:
For me, the 5-track EP “Far Away” by Tauon with a total running time of 19:33 min is one of the star moments of electronic music in recent years. Tauon’s sound is enormously imaginative with its complexity and elegance, immediately taking us on a journey and exposes the imagination with its cinemascope widescreen sound, which allows the listener to assemble the destination of the imaginary trip in front of the inner eye by himself.
The EP is available in 24 bits / 44.1 kHz and sounds excellent over the entire frequency range.
Facts about the EP:
Title: Far Away
Format: 5-Track EP
Label: SINE MUSIC
Release Date: October 8, 2021
Genre: Electronic Ambient
5 Tracks • 19m 33s
Available at Qobuz in Hi-res
24-Bit / 44.1 kHz – Stereo
Studio 1 (High End):
- 2 x System Audio SA Mantra 50 (front)
- 1x System Audio SA Mantra 10 AV (center)
- 2x System Audio SA Legend 5 (rear)
- 1 x System Audio Saxo 10 (subwoofer)
- 4 x Onkyo SKH-410 (B) (Dolby Atmos)
- Auralic Altair (audio streaming client with max. 32 bit / 384 kHz)
- NVIDIA Shield Pro with Plex, Kodi (max 192 kHz for Audio, Tidal (MQA Streaming Client)
- AppleTV 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
- Amazon Cube 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos (restricted), HDR, Dolby Vision
- Panasonic DP-UB9004 (4K UHD Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
- Oppo UDP-203 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
- Yamaha CX-A5100 (Preamp) 4K, Dolby Atmos, Hi-res
- Yamaha MX-A5000 (Power Amp)
- Sony KD-55A1 (TV) 4K OLED, HDR, Dolby Vision
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