mercredi 22 septembre 2010

DANIEL BLOOM: Event Horizon (2010)

For fans of Berlin School EM, ambient or sequenced, Ricochet Dream became one of the top in EM. Over the years Vic Rek's label produced very good opuses of EM, while organizing mega thematic concerts in 4 corners of the planet to celebrate or underline an event connected to Tangerine Dream; the cultural heart of Ricochet Dream. Since its existence, this New Jersey label made back to life the music of TD’s ex-members and made us discover splendid artists whom were either forgotten or in embryonic state, I think in particular of Spyra, Picture Palace Music, Polaris and the last one; Daniel Bloom.
Native of Poland, Daniel Bloom stood out as the leader of the Poland School movement with the use of analog equipment and musical structures which get closer to Tangerine Dream roots. Event Horizon is his last album and his first one for more than 5 years. A first album on Ricochet Dream, which includes music released and recorded in his "Two Minutes Elsie Studio ", between 2003 and 2005. An album where the cosmic rock moulds cheerfully to Tangerine Dream and Krautrock influences. Horus plunges us head on into the intriguing musical world of Bloom. Heavy ethereal spark with a synth of which dark and spectral words are disappearing in a subdivision of layers and synthesized mists which get lost on a flickering sequential movement, Horus borrows the paths of a cosmic rock with the entire full array of the psychedelic sound effects of the 70’s. Heavy rhythm on nervous sequences waves like pulsations in cascade while guitar bites a tempo on a synth to spectral waves and juicy analog effects. A short title which fills up the ears and shows all of Daniel Bloom's capacity to integrate his music on parallel universes. Other short track, Megalit offers a dramatic intro with its powerful drum hammerings which pestle an intense rhythm stuffed with cybernetic strata which coo in loops in the shade of a brief melodious tune that felted percussions feed of a beautiful musical poetry. Short and superbly efficient quite as Glacial Lake and its fascinating atmospheric approach, worthy of a nothingness which takes life difficulty on a very beautiful Wavelength sequenced movement.
Longer track on Event Horizon, the title track starts on a synth to intriguing astral waves which move through as specters in an empty spaceship. A sequential movement, marinated of flickered cymbals, pierces this nebulosity which ripples nervously and cruelly in an envelope of analog sound effects that a synth with breaths always so spectral and a Mellotron to vaporous layers surrounds of a mystic aura. Out of nowhere appears a soft synthesized refrain. A melodious refrain which dances lasciviously around this combination of rhythms suspended between its delicate harmonies and wadding wanderings, before sinking into the abysses of a heavy cosmic rock with a roaring guitar that spits its twisted melodies below lookouts of a sequential movement always so hard-hitting and a synth of which minimalist loops emerge out of a sordid corrosive universe. If Event Horizon immersed us of a complex musical universe, Mount Meru does not take us out of it with its sequences which hem in cascades under resonant strata of a hybrid synth. A synth where short melodious inserts revolve around twisted rhythmic permutations of which syncopated movements are constantly seized by resounding waves. A title difficult to tame and where all its complexity evaporates next to superb Into the Galactic Nucleus and its Flashpoint and The Thief sequences which roll at very fast pace under strata of a synth to analog fragrances. A very good title which increases its potential with an extra terrestrial approach à la X-Files on sequences to subdivided doubloons which stamp one’s feet beneath a synth as so spectral as spatial. Duat encloses this Daniel Bloom's first album on Ricochet Dream with a very lively structure where sequences and percussions modulate a tempo supported by a synth to multiple melodious pads. From suave to dramatic, Duat is a mixture of the powerful rhythms of Horus and Megalit on a melodious structure at once complex and harmonious, as we find on the title track.
Complex, hazardous, progressive and spatial; Event Horizon is a subtle mixture of the dualism between the harmonies and the extreme structural modulations where melodies get lost in the borders of a musical universe both complex and charming. This Daniel Bloom's last album does not tame that easily as an album from Spyra or Picture Palace Music will do, although both universes live easily. On the other hand, once anchored well in the hollow of our ears, there are magical moments that go on. Magic moments that will push the listener to a bigger introspection, and this is where we discover the pure jewels which are hiding behind the complex, and sometimes melodious, musical universe of Event Horizon.


Sylvain Lupari
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