lundi 20 septembre 2010

BERND KISTENMACHER: Celestial Movements (2009)

Sadly, we age. And with these years which pass by, are losing beautiful souvenirs of an audacious and tousled music which cradled our dreams and emotions. Head-Visions was the first opus of Bernd Kistenmacher to fill my ears. A wild album where rhythms and sequences seemed indomitable to me. Then was Viaggio Attraverso L' Italia, beautiful journey towards one Berlin School where the musical poetry of Kistenmacher was finely chiseled on soft and hypnotic rhythms. Nothing to compare with the wild Totally Versmold! Since, and with BK pleasant collaboration, I was able to hear the majority of its works being so capable of following his musical evolution. What a career forgotten and snob by the journalistic world! A waste which, I hope should be repaired with Celestial Movements.
Almost 8 years passed since A Viaggio Attraverso L' Italia. And there is the German synthesist who’s making a comeback in the EM spheres. As us, Bernd Kistenmacher aged and Celestial Movements is the irrefutable proof. The German musician is more serene, but always so poetic, nostalgic and ingenious. He presents 6 celestial movements which wear marvelously the naming of its 16th opus. Movements which transcend the limits of EM’s Berlin School style, to fit a surprising musicality axed on melancholy, with an infinite tenderness and a sound ingenuity which distance him in this fauna of artistic profusion where his Vangelis influences stand out pretty much of Klaus Schulze’s ones, with a harmoniousity of which only the greats are capable of.
The Beginning opens with somber increasing synthesized strata, from which escape tones of a solitary trumpet which shouts in a murky night, surrounded by a synth to resonant waves. The arrangements are magnificent. We could believe hearing dramatic and dense Vangelis the orchestrations on a symphonic synth which lands on sea, straight to our ears. More complex, the opening of In Face of Saturn soaks in a heterogeneous ocean where discreet pulsations are gobbled up by intense synthesized waves. A metallic world which unblocks on twinkling prism suite, where sequence percussions roll to a surprising musical opening with flutes filled of light tremolos that blow on a debonairly hypnotic sequence. Follows, a tremendous synth play of which the breaths of various symphonic tints spin on a sober pace where notes of piano add a harmonious depth to a title which astride as much an oniric tribal approach as a free-jazz orchestration. Colliding Stars is a long ambient musical piece which floats on a furtive bass and big drum rolls in a cosmos full with a synth to latent modulations, of which escape sinuous and loud solos as well as weak bewitching vocalizes. A slow cosmic waltz which becomes more musical, courtesy of a beautiful synth accompanied with a more active bass and melodious chords enchanted by morphic choruses which cradle us until the dream limits.
Eternal Lights is a musical sweetness to make a rock cry. The kind of music that sticks to the soul starts with weak chimes which tint beneath the shade of a misty mellotron. A soft mellotron which draws a romantic axis with a tender synth stuffed with slow shivers which sound like the laments of a solitary soul. It is soft, superbly beautiful and it’s embellishing even more with its blowing choruses which befuddled the solicitude of a piano with melancholic chords. Chords lost in the breaths of a synth with musical tears. A very beautiful title that makes his imprints, happy as unhappy! The first keys of Living Between Asteroids take us out of our melancholic torpor with an intro shapes of a big organ, kind of Phantom of Opera style. Afterward? Pure magic! A sequential movement orchestrates a resemblance with an acoustic guitar which scratches its ropes with a beautiful pep, while a symphonic synth pushes beautiful angelic strata. The more Living Between Asteroids evolves, the more its musicality modifies. From guitar, we fall on a magnificent piano play where Kistenmacher dexterity is not to be proved anymore. The whole thing is standing on a robust rhythmic which, once again, exceeds the limits of what EM is used to offering. This is a solid Kistenmacher performance who fills full our ears and who closes this magnificent album with a superb sonata (Celestial Move) which is an acoustic version, played divinely on a piano, of Eternal Lights.
Celestial Movements is a splendid comeback album. Certainly, we are very far from the undisciplined movements of a Berlin School to organized improvisations, as well as the arrhythmic and unbridled sequences which filled the works of his former days. But the German synthesist offers an album without smudges, where everything is musically structured, while perpetuating his love of ambient cosmic (The Beginning and Colliding Stars) in an incredibly rich sound universe. Bernd Kistenmacher displayed treasures of ingenuity to offer an album of a musicality which, to this day, was never exploited by anyone in this surprising universe of EM. A key album and a classic to become which is at the height of the incredible genius whom is Kistenmacher. One of the Top 5 of 2009!

Mellowjet Records CDBK-0901

Sylvain Lupari
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