mardi 12 octobre 2010

INDRA: Live in the Salt Mine 2007 (2010)

For Indra fans, see him live is not at everyone’s range. Concerts of the Rumanian synthesist are parsimoniously scattered in his country, restricting chances of his fans outside of Romania to see him in concert. Live in the Saltmine corrects the situation by transporting us in a concert that vast mining caves made very intimate. A good CD/DVD box where we see the concert, the ‘‘Making Of’’ and a long interview of almost 1 hour in Indra’s studio. An interview that demystifies a bit the man behind keyboards. But over all, the DVD shows us one of the great artistic Indra strength; his extreme ability of dressed, and this all in smoothness and subtlety, his minimalism rhythms and structures. Recorded in Turda salt mine, in 2007, Live at the Saltmine is a pure exercise of style where Indra captivates his audience with long titles built on minimalism structures that quietly take the magical Indra shape.
A sequence with chords which pulsate frantically opens Magneto. Right from the start Indra charms with the adding of another sequence with chords which cackle nervously on a twisted structure undulating in loop. Already, our ears are taken by storm by these 2 sequences which intersect in a strange minimalism trance that belongs only to Indra musical universe. Metallic and streak layers fly over this hypnotic movement where a panoply of heteroclite sonorities, worthy of old shut down factories, are adding to this hatched rhythmic, whereas a salvo of synth solos whirls on top of a tempo which, per moments, increases its intensity, such a train crisscrossing uneven small valleys. Long and sinuous twisted solos on warped curls fly over this sequential course which, at around the 8th minute, borrows a technoïd musical path with a beautiful bass line which hems under metalized layers. Magneto gets dressed of a heavy rhythm, notched by agreements which hop with amazement on a syncopated sequence which undulates around frantic rhythmic keys, bringing Magneto on the rails of an underground train submerged by waves of a synth to hybrid musical envelopes where rhythm continues its minimalist rush. Pulsations become more intense and felted, propelling the rhythmic train between rock and techno, under superb enveloping layers. A wonderful hypnotic trance à la Indra which ravels such a train charged on steroids sequences. Borrowed from Klaus Schulze world minimalism, this structural musical concept became unique to Indra who knew how to modify the sense by adding a superabundance of sequences and electronic elements on rhythms in constant growing. Just take The Moog Prophecy and its heavy resounding pads that make its introduction. Drummed percussions dance in alternations under the aegis of fine twisted solos, whereas the movement develops gradually with another hatched sequential line which moulds a fine syncopated tempo. A tempo which interchanges its cadenced structure in an electronic realm filled of syncretic sonorities coming from the panoply of synths that Indra handles.
Mythical Forest is a long ambient title which evolves on a slow rhythmic structure fragmented of atmospheric passages. This longer title of Live at the Saltmine opens all carefully, offering a gray universe besieged by a fine drizzle and delicate laments of a synth with sonorities of a saxophone mislaid under the rain, pointing out vaguely the universe of Blade Runner. Little by little the tempo takes shape, borrowing a soft sensual movement which vanishes and reappears beneath solitary layers which overhang soundscapes that flirt with the world of Spyra and Vangelis, whereas the rhythm takes more strength and embrace an aboriginal tangent to conclude on a beautiful finale tinted of a sensual spirituality. A very good title which must be a little difficult to hear live, because of its massive immersion of tranquility, but which in revenge lulls superbly our night dreams. Encore is one of these explosives tracks that Indra like to propose us from times to times with pulsations which oscillate in a syncretic and wonderful Hindu universe, before exploding with a technoïd approach where a synth talks to its audience with an incredible effect of surprise and astonishment. A track of which the rhythm jumps in a sound universe in constant change, worthy of Indra’s best of musical world.
Live at the Saltmine is a must for all fans of Indra and to those who want to discover the man and his music. The CD offers 3 catchy tracks and a long dreamy music piece whereas the DVD presents a visual approach which respects the visibility that one can have in a mine, explaining the grainy image that surrounds the live performance. A concert that was difficult to capture because of the imponderables link to an underground filming, from where a shorter version of the concert on DVD than the CD which gains 25 minutes missing on the DVD performance. Anyway, it remains o good audio-visual document and a very good CD where the music of the Rumanian magician cannot let anybody indifferent.
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Sylvain Lupari
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