vendredi 1 octobre 2010

BRAINWORK: Dreamlands (2009)

This 11th album of the surprising Uwe Saher, the man behind Brainwork and Element 4, opens with crystalline arpeggios which skip restlessly on a lively and heavy sequence. New Horizon sets the tone to Dreamland. A heavy and melodious album, of constantly hooking harmonies, like this synth fills of melodious breathes which float in a break dance universe with a subtle cosmic approach. A whole contrast towards Ten which proposed 4 long tracks with very Berlin School fragrances. Dreamland is made of 9 music pieces, closer to Düsseldorf School roots with its loud rhythms; liven up by powerful sequences which would have constituted a magnificent album for Element 4. This said, Dreamland is far from being disappointing. On the contrary! It is an album packed of magnificent melodies on furious, heavy and sensual rhythms with a nebulous little touch of Berlin School. An unctuous return to basics, that brings us on the romantic soils of Sensual Reflections.
The title track is simply magnificent. A splendid melody that takes root on falling limpid notes and a distant synth filled of a nostalgic fragrance. A beautiful mellotron wraps this soft intro, with all the conceptual dexterity of Saher. A heavy and resonant, but very suggestive, rhythm takes shape on Tablas percussions and" tschitt tschitt " cymbals of a very sensual techno dance. Never in lack of sound imagination, Uwe Saher dresses his structure with beautiful chimes and a very poetic synth, making of Dreamland a title to a strange Berlin School approach that crossed the Düsseldorf School. A good, but very good track, that constantly takes the ear in hostage. A slow ochre synthesized veil and slightly metallic opens the first measures of High Skies. In the background a tender rhythmic settles, structuring a slightly skipping tempo on a Jarre alike synth which drops it shouts of surprises of a minimalism character. Another small jewel which takes an even more melodious form, supported on a keyboard of crystal clear notes which surround of an echo a track of a hypnotic tenderness. Magnetic Flow offers a hyper heavy rhythm worthy of dance floor with spatial mellotron insertions, giving a second breath to a heavy and furious rhythmic. The same pattern goes for Eden which swims between two styles, rhythm and cosmic, but on a more balanced pace giving a more romantic approach with beautiful synth solos.
Like Dreamland, Deep Water is another magnificently poetic title. Less heavy on tempo, the movement opens on a synth to contrasting chords which file past on a good line of bass and heavy percussions, without ever drops into an explosive cadence. A long music piece of a loud sweetness (if one can says), from where escapes delicious solos of a plaintive synth. Very good! Palm Garden is in the same vein as Magnetic Flow and Eden, without vaporous moments. Heavy and oscillating on a great line of bass, the rhythm is coated of a synth solos with very Mexican tendencies. Original and lively! Diamond Rock is the most suave and sensual track on Dreamland. A long structure animated of loud and suction pad percussions which draw a slow sensual movement, on a keyboard to minimalism harmonies, repealed by brief insert to crystal clear notes which take form in beautiful synth spirals. Mountains closes on a slight and hatched rhythm with notes of a robotized keyboard which are rapidly surrounded by sumptuous synth solos.
Dreamland is the kind of album that one listens over and over. I would even dare to affirm, and this doubtless, that it’s the album par excellence to introduce a neophyte to the world of EM. A beautiful opus stuffed with heavy and sensual rhythms where melodies prevail in a universe which preserves its cosmic innocence.

Sylvain Lupari (October 2009)
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