samedi 18 septembre 2010

ERIK WOLLO: Gateway (2010)

“Gateway is a stunning work where the rhythm crosses and measures an ethereal and poignant depth on a wonderful mixture of guitar/synth and sequences/percussions”
1 Land Of Myths (4:50) 
2 First Arrival (7:08) 
3 The Crossing (8:25) 
4 A Sublime Place (3:16) 
5 Gateway (5:36) 
6 Blue Universe (3:57) 
7 The Traveler (6:12) 
8 There Will Be Snow (5:20) 
9 The Mental Trail (5:16) 
10 Full Circle (6:15) 
11 Wetlands (5:22) 
12 Thule (8:35)

PROJEKT| PRO00244  (CD 70:17) ***¾
The only Erik Wollo album I listened too was his 2007's Elevation. Since then I discovered a bit more the musical world of this artist with Bernhard Wöstheinrich (Arcadia Borealis) and Deborah Martin (Between Worlds). Two nice albums released in 2009 that show how this brilliant Norwegian guitarist is at ease with approaches and musical structures as audacious as slowly harmonious. I quite enjoyed Elevation. An album which, to me, opened the doors towards new musical horizons where the magnetism of Wollo  enchanted with his art to merge good melodies to musical landscapes. And “Gateway” is another nice collection of these kinds of tracks that charms and makes us travelling without leaving our body. It’s a musical journey where rhythms and structures differ one from another, according to Erik Wollo's imagination and passion for aboriginal tendencies which liven up his creativity.
Fuzzy rhythms where guitars stratums bite ancestral specters with an introspective and oniric approach such as on "Land of Myths" and "The Traveller" to rhythms with more nervous sequences as on the wonderful "First Arrival", "The Crossing", "Gateway" and the great "Thule", this 16th opus of the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist is drawn straight from whimsies and visions that Erik Wollo has of a hybrid world where the harmony reigns above disorder. Alternated the rhythm to ambient sequences has no secrets anymore to Wollo . Tracks like "A Sublime Place", "Blue Universe", and the superb and hallucinating "The Mental Trail" where strange mesmerizing pulsations draw a hypnotic rhythmic arc, "Full House Circle" and the dramatic "Wetlands" are pure jewels of cinematographic ambiances. Musical landscapes which parade according to our fantasies with spectacular guitars and synths strata that transport us at bird’s eyes to seize all of Wollo's imagination. If these ambient passages are of an incredible beauty ("The Mental Trail" and "Wetlands"), more lively tracks offer a structural variety which gives pure musical jewels. I think in particular of "Land of the Myths" with its guitars chords which drag in loops on a synth to slightly fluty waves. These loops become more mordant and intermingle to superb stratums of a gliding guitar, deviating "Land of Myths" towards a spectral side, while leaving room to the beauty of a morphic dream. "First Arrival" is simply superb with its aboriginal percussions which draw a soft rhythm of submission wrapped with a guitar from which solos transcend the depth of emotions. "Gateway" is a skillful journey where the rhythm is wiggling as an Amerindian trance on a background of an exotic guitar, like on "The Traveller" and its hypnotic rhythm and its stratums from an incisive and morphic guitar. And what can we say about "Thule" with its heavy aboriginal trance which hypnotize and bewitch on discreet layers from a ghostly guitar and a caustic synth from which sinuous waves draw a tragic world in perdition.
In brief, “Gateway” is a stunning musical box where the rhythm crosses and measures an ethereal and poignant depth on a wonderful mixture of guitar/synth and sequences/percussions. A wonderful album filled with jewels which melt in the ear ("First Arrival", "The Traveller" and "Thule") and of small diamonds that the listenings will polish, such as the wind sculpting superb rocks and crisscrossing strange plains that Wøllo shows us at ear’s flight. “Gateway” is a very nice album of a deep musicality which is much more than simply EM.

Sylvain Lupari  (2010)
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