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Enno Velthuys

Ontmoeting / Landscapes in Thin Air (2 LP + 7" in bundle)

Label: Dead Mind Records

Format: 2 LP + 7" in bundle

Genre: Electronic

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This bundle includes the following two LPs and a 7" recently re-issued by Dead Mind Records:

Enno Velthuys "Ontmoeting" (LP, 1982)
Enno Velthuys "Landscapes in Thin Air" (LP + 7", 1985)

Enno Velthuys "Ontmoeting" (LP, 1982)

* 400 copies on black vinyl. Comes with a download card * Ontmoeting (Encounter) from 1982 marks the beginning of the published audio works of Enno Velthuys. When Rob Smit of Kubus Kassettes first visited Enno to discuss the possibilities of releasing a cassette, he was open to the idea and gave Smit access to his tape archive of recorded tracks to cherry pick his favorite pieces. Initially Enno felt the selection didn’t do justice to his broader musical spectrum, that also included more rhythm orientated guitar pieces, but in hindsight it probably gave him a new sense of direction.

On this album, a mixture of spacious ambient and synth-leaden music, we hear Enno in transition. Experimenting, searching for his own voice. Some pieces are reminiscent of a classic dungeon explorer game while others have a more surreal, cinematic feel. Although 40 years old, Ontmoeting still sounds incredibly fresh today and stands as a pivotal ambient release from the early 80’s.

Enno Velthuys "Landscapes in Thin Air" (LP + 7", 1985)

* 500 copies on black vinyl. The 7"s comes with a wraparound sleeve. Includes download card * Landscapes In Thin Air is Enno Velthuys’s third album and was initially released by Kubus Kassettes in 1985. When Rob Smit decided to stop his label activities shortly after publishing this cassette, Hessel Veldman published a second edition on his label Exart. Compared to his second album, Glimpse of Light, it has a stronger presence of rhythm and a more melodic use of synths. These 10 cinematic sketches have a clean, caressed calmness about them and seem to depict a specific time and location. A light atmosphere, the sky warming up during sunrise, a sense of discomfort and finally, the city cooling down when night falls.

It’s hard to imagine Enno producing this majestic album by himself in his bedroom. All his trademark arrangements in place, framed by a tight, controlled aesthetics and a strong metaphorical presence. Meticulously recreated from the original cassette masters, we are proud to reissue this ambient masterpiece.

Cat. number: DMR54 / DMR53
Year: 2023