This studio album,released in 2008 was written, performed and recorded by Mark Shreeve. The cover design broke with the established style of previous covers, even the Redshift logo had gone.
Musically there are some differences, many of the "traditional" sounds used in electronic music are not present, save for the possible exception of the title track. Even the track titles have a newer and slightly more obscure feel.
During some sections a certain amount of crackling, wheezing and distortion may be heard, this was deliberately left in, being caused by some ancient tape based effects units that while not operating in perfect hi-fi do seem to have a rich charm all of their own.
"OK, I'm no expert, I'm not even a musician, but I can honestly say Turning towards us is the finest set of music have heard in the last 10–15 years of listening to EM.
I remember Klaus Schulze saying that EM was awaiting the next phase in it's development, and I believe this recording is maybe the start of what he meant. Nothing I've heard has effected me more, or excited me more than this - well not since as a Yes fan I first heard Ricochet by an obscure german band.
From it's sound design and atmospherics, to it's dynamic sequencing and structure –this is a BIG sound, almost mystical and primordial in its intensity – Rubycon's long lost cousin, but without the flared trousers. However, this is also a totally contemporary sound, epic in concept and with a defined sound palette–rather than use every colour out the tube (insert musical equivalent) redshift have created a constrained and dynamic palette to encompass exactly what they mean to say.
I don't normally do reviews (you can tell) but rarely has any record impacted me as this one has. it encompasses perfectly all I love about electronic music, so much so, I felt compelled to email Redshift and let them know. They responded that they were very proud of this one, and rightly so. It is a fantastic record and it deserves a wider audience. To that end several unsuspecting friends will be receiving a copy for Christmas. "
2008. Kevin Raddy / UK
"I picked up a copy (the very first one sold !) of this new Redshift studio album on Saturday at Hampshire Jam 7. Visually, it is a departure from the Redshift 'canon' of albums, dropping the classic Redshift logo and adopting a more stark presentation. The serial number is DS010 however, so I'm not reading too much into this change of style.
There are five tracks which form a sort of 'W' structure: Tracks 1, 3 and 5 are long-form and sequencer-driven, whereas tracks 2 and 4 are short, gentle bridges.
1. The Love of Nature
This track is dominated by a bass ga-dunk rhythm in 6/8 time. This explodes into Goldfrapp-esque drums and rock later on ! Plenty detailed abstract sounds flit around the sequential heart of the track.
2. The Last Thing We See
Think of the end of Rubycon pt 2 and you won't be a million miles away.
Quite an aggressive track, this. Lots of rhythmical sections combined with Moog bass sequences and what might even be real guitar (or a very good synth imitation).
4. Happy Hour
Relaxed waves of floatiness with slight hints of discord at the outer edges.
5. Turning Towards Us
Classic Redshift from the word go. It has a glorious building sequence like Halo's title track. All of a sudden, it changes to become full-on unrestrained menacing Moog with explicit melodic lines (on 'tron oboe, I think). The final wind-down is classic Redshift ambience; Dust particles caught in the final rays of evening sunlight."
"I once said, foolishly of course, that Redshifts' "Oblivion" album couldn't be topped. Typically, comments like that quickly come back to bite you. T.T.U is better. It really is.
Volcanic, dynamic, incendiary, violent and downright scary. Delicate, beautiful,mournful, intricate and melodic. All these and much more, and all with feral intensity.
I think this album is a masterpiece, simple as that. I'm not getting into detailed descriptions any more because the emotional content of this music simply soars above all the technical wizardry.
It is, as usual, beautifully produced. Judged perfectly so that the sounds can still live and breathe without being squeezed out of existence.
And on the opening track there is even the first "angry" shuffle rhythm I've personally ever heard. A hard thing to do.
Curious titles though.
Redshift came into existence in 1994, initially as a solo project by Mark Shreeve. Shreeve had already established himself
with his own more "structured" style of electronic music, along with pop songwriting, film score, TV and Library music output. The idea behind Redshift was to create a darker, organic style of electronic music using mainly, though not exclusively, old analogue synthesisers....more
supported by 26 fans who also own “Turning Towards Us”
For me, this is arguably ARC's best album, all of them being live, this is the only one that has edited out the applause between songs, something better suited for capturing the feel of a rock concert, but for ambient music can be quite jarring. Favorite track: Cherry Bomb. Paul Seaman