Moments That Sometimes Blur
Tim Engelhardt is a producer from Cologne who has delivered a highly relaxing and upbeat project with Moments of Truth. Engelhardt’s songs strike a balance between serene and lively. His spacey, laid-back melodies mix well with his rhythmic beats and strong chords. His style definitely grows on listeners and comes into its own as they go through this album’s track list. While he takes on a few slightly different styles throughout the album, his music can mostly be classified as deep or tech house. However, even though Engelhardt’s style comes into its own on this album, that doesn’t prevent his sounds from blurring together and becoming dull at times.
Moments of Truth starts off a bit slow, but picks up by the third track, “The Myths Of You.” Engelhardt’s use of mesmerizing synths and a relaxing deep house vibe start to give his album a cohesive sound that ties it together. This song’s beat strikes the perfect balance between being well-suited for festival and being effective background music to listen to while spending one’s time on something else. That upbeat tone also sounds great on “Kissing Your Eyes,” which switches up the instruments in the mix a bit to be more organic. “I Am Here” is another of Engelhardt’s best tracks featured on the album. It takes on a much more pronounced ambient sound to make for a slow and soothing track among the more upbeat cuts.
One of the problems on Moments Of Truth is that some songs just stretch on for too long. “When the Distance Disappears” goes on for eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds and is one of the less compelling tracks on the album. Engelhardt’s talents are much better exhibited on his slightly shorter tracks. However, he keeps most of them long, as many tracks reach seven minutes. A slightly subtler problem with the album is that Engelhardt doesn’t get enough chances to diversify his sound. Outside of some of the more rhythmic percussive songs towards the beginning of the album and the more ambient songs like “I Am Here,” many of Engelhardt’s tracks sounds quite similar. This isn’t too significant of a problem because Engelhardt does quite well with that sound, but, with his next full-length album, trying out new things could definitely pay off for him. That being said, Engelhardt is a very promising artist and this album is taking him in the right direction.