Cinematic Blue



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Cinematic Blue

A superb collection of contemporary chilled, rhythmic electronica from Frank Pels, aka ‘The Pels Syndicate’ that will get your foot tapping as you’re carried along on a series of superbly constructed and well recorded soundscapes. Frank has a very direct approach to his music, presenting a creative style that is melodic, original and to the point.

It’s music without fuss, connecting immediately with a hypnotic simplicity that is in fact, anything but simple, because the music is complex, expertly crafted and hugely satisfying, with each track a superb vignette.

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4 reviews for Cinematic Blue

  1. Warren Barker – Progression Magazine

    This is the 2010 debut offering by Holland’s The Pels Syndicate aka Frank Pels (a new release dropped 2012). His composing for documentaries and film is evident in these cinematic electronic chill out tracks. The sound is expansive and pristine in a cross between The Future Sound of London and a down tempo Crystal Method. Compositions are relatively short (three to five minute range) for this genre but are mind melting melodic bathing the senses in rich sensuous soundscapes that can serve as main focal points as well as trancy backdrops. Each track is of its own and varies from the next as all forms of electronica are explored from groove laden tracks “Metro Movie” and “Tribal Civilization” to the percolating “Searchlight” and “Eclectic Electric” to free form ethereal floats “Invisible Cinema” and the title track.

    There’s even an awesome organic guitar layered track, “City Skywalker”. There’s a lot to like in Cinematic Blue with its lush pulsating presentation replete with synthetic violins, throbbing bass lines and all manner of soaring majestic keyboards including the 1972 model D mini moog.
    WARREN BARKER (Rating: 14 out of 16 stars)

  2. Stephan Schelle

    The Pels Syndicate ist für mich ein neuer Name in der Elektronikszene. Hinter diesem Pseudonym verbirgt sich der britische Musiker Frank Pels. Sein Album Cinematic Blue“ ist bereits im Jahr 2010 erschienen, ich hab es aber erst jetzt, beim diesjährigen E-Live in die Hände bekommen. 14 Stücke mit Laufzeiten zwischen 2:53 und 5:05 Minuten Spielzeit sind auf dem Silberling enthalten, der bei A.D. Music, dem Label von David Wright, herausgekommen ist.

    Gleich im Opener „Searchlight“ weht dem Hörer ein frischer Wind um die Ohren, denn der Sound ist irgendwie neuartig. Nicht das es jetzt bahnbrechend Neues zu hören gibt, aber die Art, wie Frank hier seine Klänge aufbaut, das hat etwas Frisches. „Searchlight“ bohrt sich mit einer unglaublichen Leichtigkeit in die Gehörgänge.
    Und mit diesem Glasklaren Sound geht es dann auch flugs im nächsten Stück „Tesla Baby“, das sehr rhythmisch daher kommt, weiter. Diesem dominanten Rhythmus werden Basssounds im Hintergrund spendiert und herrliche Flächen schweben darüber, ergänzt um einige Pianotupfer. Das klingt alles so locker und leicht, ohne in seichte Gewässer abzudriften.
    Wie ein klassisches Stück, das bei einer Klavierstunde gespielt wird, klingt der Einstieg von „Eclectic Electric“. Sobald dann aber die Flächen auftauchen und der Rhythmus angezogen wird, ist es mit der Klavierstunde vorbei. Shuffle-mäßig, wie in einem Zug, der von einer Dampflok angetrieben wird, fährt das Stück dahin.
    „Tribal Civilisation“ bietet tribalartige Perkussion, die recht ethnisch klingen. Das ist ein richtig perkussiver Track, dem aber eine Melodielinie gegönnt wurde. Ein sehr schönes Stück. Flirrende Synthies und einen fast funkigen Rhythmus gibt es dann bei „Yellow In 64“.
    „Hardcore Vision“ hat einige schöne Stereoeffekte zu bieten. Und auch der fette Sounds kommt richtig gut, am besten hört man das über eine voll aufgedrehte Anlage (die Nachbarn werden sich freuen). Alle weiteren Stücke halten diesen Standard, ohne dass ein Stück abfällt. „End Games“ kommt mit unglaublich fetten Sounds und hat etwas von Soundtrack, wie viele andere Stücke auch. Mit dem Wort Cinematic im Titel liegt Frank da gar nicht so falsch, denn man hat das Gefühl des Breitwandkinos bei dieser Musik.
    Ob „Cinematic Blue“ das Debüt von Frank Pels aka The Pels Syndicate ist, kann ich nicht sagen, zumindest aber haben wir es hier mit einer sehr rhythmischen und frischen Scheibe aus dem Bereich der Elektronikmusik zu tun. Die Sounds kommen Glasklar und dynamisch aus den Boxen und die Harmonien können sich wirklich hören lassen. Ein gelungenes Debüt, auf dessen Nachfolge man gespannt sein kann.

  3. Synth and Sequences

    I discovered The Pels Syndicate’s musical universe by the means of its 2nd album Chemical Inconveniences. I had of course heard Cinematic Blue of a little convinced ear. And it’s after having tamed the Frank Pels’ 2nd opus and its melodies stand firm on ambivalent rhythms that I decided to invest the universe of Cinematic Blue and its 14 titles where melodies are more fragmented, divided on much more diversified percussions, both in genres and in tones, where the influence of Jean Michel Jarre is very present. In fact, The Pels Syndicate’s musical world, at least on Cinematic Blue, is concentrated on its percussions and its throbbing pulsatory bass lines, leaving just a few space to keyboards and their chords of melancholy, to synths which weave more often than otherwise wings of violins to which rhythms of lead, down-tempo and even of soft disco with a zest of synth-pop are binding to. In brief; a much diversified musical pattern for a first album which sometimes has the defect of its qualities.Unfinished melodious structures on boiling rhythms must be the best way to describe Cinematic Blue. For his very first solo album, the Dutch synthesist puts the pressure on diversified rhythms and percussions to the detriment of ambiences and melodies making of Cinematic Blue an album which goes into the ears with strength, forgetting to tone down its passion. It’s a rough and heavy album which misses a little of this subtlety that we find on Chemical Inconveniences but which is ideal, I guess, to knock down pretty hard the eardrums and the walls. And those who like the eclectic percussions will be charmed by several titles on this album which also contains some very inspiring tracks. I think it’s the best of thee worlds!

  4. Steve Sheppard (OWR)

    It comes as a great pleasure to be able to write this album review for Frank Pels, his concept and project is The Pels Syndicate and this album Cinematic Blue is one of the best of its style of EM your ever likely to hear, its full of rich textured sounds and synths, its grand, majestic and will sweep you away with its beauty.
    Take a listen to Searchlight, what a superb start, this is a piece with such gentle smoothness, it doesn’t just open the door for your musical journey, it literally and very sensually sweeps you off your feet and begins the ride with a calm and cool hand at the wheel.
    Tesla Baby has long been a firm favourite of mine, coming back to this album, that has not changed, it is simply an awesome experience to have. It has a vibrancy all of its own and bounces along superbly like a train on a track, its destination is already locked in and the music drives you to a place of musical bliss, simply put this track has everything, it has a wonderful tempo, a great pattern of percussion, deep resounding bass and a smoothness that will encapsulate your musical senses, it is impossible not to like Tesla Baby.
    Now there is both an element of deception and renaissance about this next piece, carefully entitled Eclectic Electric. At the very first instance you could easily imagine yourself on the deck of the Titanic as it has been brought up from the very sea bed that had held it so deeply in its arms for so many years. Then with a steady and slow progression, it moves from its presumptuous chill out beat, into a powerful and driven composition that will have you dancing well into the night, this has to be one of the cleverest compositions I have heard for some time.
    Tribal Civilisation is an elaborate and expansive world and global orientated track, with the essence of drums and didgeridoo we are treated to a percussive playground of grandeur. However one must listen carefully, as always in the back ground, is a steady rhythm and melody layered with some wonderful synth constructions. Never too ostentatious, this track retains its purpose and thus the global journey moves up a gear.
    What is unusual about this album is that the longest piece is only just over five minutes long and Pels always leaves his listener wanting more and more, so dear constant reader, we now move to the curiously named track called Yellow in 64. The unusual shifts up a notch and we are gifted a trance like percussive groove to enjoy. This vivacious composition is an undeniable piece and the smooth chilled dance beat will transport you musically as you wonder at the sheer dazzling production quality of this album.
    Now it’s time to get Hardcore, well with the track Hardcore Vision of course, a piece that changes course, direction, speed and tempo at will. At times this piece reminded me melody wise of that late
    80’s track Time of my Life by Bill Medley; there was indeed a real late 80’s early 90’s feel to this composition. It seems as if the talented Pels has no boundaries to either his skills or his musical ear.
    That previous statement is emphasised with this next piece called Metro Movie, a track I had to listen to twice in a row to fully hear all the nuances, now dear constant listener, I felt like I was missing something and that thing turned out to be bass line, it is outstanding, while it drives the piece all the way through, it also makes you feel like you have slipped back in time to the 1970’s. Metro Movie also has that Parisienne feel to it as well and this urbanized chill out arrangement will tick all the musical boxes of expectation with ease.
    So we are now over the half way point and dear constant reader this ride through the urbane E.M landscape continues with the piece called Inner Life. Probably the most unusual track off the album and probably one you’re going to have to listen to over and over to truly appreciate all of its inner complexities, some clever percussion and a growling synth sound, makes this genre crossing piece simply addictive, if you’re not convinced that Frank Pels is an absolute genius by this point, you never will be.
    Now this is a classic, I loved this, the album is cinematic and this track is the tipping point of that outstanding brilliance we now know as The Pels syndicate, this could easily be used as the theme music for a Terminator film or dear constant reader, a new and more vibrant cinematic composition for the movie Assault on Prescient 13 and I would just love to hear a Pels Syndicate version of that! One of the most enigmatic tracks off the album and one I may even use as an introduction to one of my shows, it’s called End Games and it is simply awesome.
    From the cinematic depths of the action packed End Games, we move to the almost childlike Invisible Cinema, one could almost say this is the alter ego to the previous piece, but don’t let that deceive you, because the tempo and purpose picks up and there is a dance of musical personalities that is played out within your very eager musical ear, the sweeping synth sounds on this track it has to be said are absolutely both symphonic and beautiful to the limit.
    Smooth Night Life simply does what it says on the can, or label! The strange thing about this piece dear constant reader is that I had not read the track listing before the piece started and as I listened I actually said this track says to me “Smooth Night Life” So you can imagine the look on my face when I glanced at the sleeve. If you ever wanted a piece of music to travel around a hot summer night through the neon lights of some major European city to, this without doubt is the one.
    I actually found City Sky Walker full of surprises, for me, it had a lot of emotional content, but with the genius that is Frank Pels, one could be certain this was not going to be just a simple ballad style track. In fact I would go as far to say he has touched the essence of greatness with this one, a simple melody turns into a classy soft rock track with some almost like Led Zepplin Tabla sounds (aka Hossam Ramzy style) within it. With the percussion and guitar sounds and a sumptuously powerful build up, this has to be one of the best pieces off the album.
    Well Tesla Baby is known to be a favourite of mine, but in Freedoms Call I think I have found one to come close to that mark, this is a song filled with a powerful and positive energy, it literally bounces along and contains some nice string sounds that just emphasise what a superb track has been
    composed here, there is also a quality of depth within this piece that deserves a second, third and fourth listen to.
    The mysterious title track is last and of course called Cinematic Blue, again using some wonderful electronic and percussive techniques Pels draws to a close what in truth is one of the best albums of its genre I have head for many a year. Brilliantly produced, outstandingly composed and majestically performed, The Pels Syndicate with Cinematic Blue is an absolute MUST buy purchase for any serious real music fan out there.

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