Lars Dietrich – Stand Alone

What if Sherlock Holmes was a time traveller and journeyed to the fictional era of Blade Runner? That would be a cool movie, and here’s the soundtrack already, Lars Dietrich’s Stand Alone.

Many years ago I remember being impressed with Joe Satriani’s Surfing With the Alien.  It was one of the first all instrumental rock albums I’d ever heard and all the instruments had been played by Satriani himself.  Similarly, Dietrich plays everything on Stand Alone.  Drum machine loops, keyboards, strange cyber-violoins, mangled bag-pipes – that’s what I heard, lots of experimental electronica.

Everytime I listen to it, all I can see is people in very tight leather suits outlined with electric blue lights riding light cycles.  Since I do like Tron, I didn’t mind the music.  It’s all very imaginative, epic and humorous, concrete and abstract.

A sci-fi flair seemed to stand out even when reading the titles of the songs.  For example, the opening track is “Lost.”   Ever since a certain television show it is now inextricably linked with time travel, quantum physics, death and polar bears.  An odd combination, to be sure, and that fits Dietrich’s music.  There’s also “Exit Ship”, “Netalace”, and “Clustarrr”.

The cover art was cool, too; post-impressionism with a touch of apocalyptic bleakness.  There was some kind of strange hovership and a lone shadow.  It fit with the feel of the music, that of an otherworldy or futuristic lone visitor come to enlighten us with electronics.

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