Jackie Listens to: Tangerine Dream’s Zeit (1972)


I usually listen to this album, or Tangerine Dream in general, when I am quite intoxicated.  It’s a certain magical, mellow sort of intoxication that I rarely achieve, but when I do I quite enjoy it.  Tangerine Dream is like those times: dreamy, atmospheric, natural, and cerebral.  The songs of this album flow naturally together into one cohesive piece of music, and boy, are they long songs.  Birth of Liquid Plejades clocks in at almost 20 minutes, and none of the only four songs are less than 16 minutes, but what you get despite the length is an ebbing, flowing, coherent piece of spaceship ambiance.  My favorite track so far is probably Origin of Supernatural Probabilities, though it’s hard to separate any one bit from the rest of the album.  In fact, even though I tend to be quite frenetic in my listening habits, it is rare for me to listen to any Tangerine Dream without listening to a whole album, that’s how cohesive they are.

Zeit is a classic of the ambient genre, and some even call it one of the first, if not the first, dark ambient record, which is great, when I’m in the right head space for it.  Right now I am alone in a quiet house, and this puts me in the mood to meditate, write or smoke, not altogether a bad reaction.  I mean, it makes me want to think, which is good, but I don’t always want to think.  This is a sometimes album, situational for me, for when I’m feeling that special sort of buzzed or deep in thought, which happens with some frequency, but when I do hit that mark emotionally? This album, and most of Tangerine Dream’s work, really scratches that itch, and hard!  I always have a good time with Tangerine Dream, and I am glad I chose this album for today.  I feel like I am calmer after hearing it.


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