Peter Baumann after a long sojourn from the music scene returned with a new album, Machines of Desire, that encapsulates the past, the present and future. Purely electronic instrumental with a few mystical chants in some tracks. This is a timely release after the passing of former band mate Edgar Froese. The album transports you back in time during his stint with Tangerine Dream particularly Baumann’s trademark themes and sequencers. You can hear the old instruments merging with the latest technology. The sound is digitally clear and pristine. This is how Tangerine Dream would have sounded if Baumann and the late Froese reunited. The album is considerably darker than his previous solo work, especially the more light-hearted synth-pop albums he recorded during the early '80s. Machines of Desire is ominous and cinematic, combining slow, suspenseful melodies with faint rhythmic pulsations. When vocals appear, they're disguised by vocoders, so they blend into the dark fog rather than stand out.