jeudi 7 octobre 2010

VARIOUS: Sacred Skies (Best of AD Music Vol 2) 2006 AD Music

After the success of Ocean of Light, AD Music comes back with another great compilation; Sacred Skies. A second compilation in two years for a label which chooses judiciously his artists can seem enormous. Especially in 2006 where AD Music realised only 3 albums, all excellent by the way, and this compilation doesn’t touch any of these releases. That shows the depth and the quality of this label. Sacred Skies is different from Ocean Light. The coherence of harmonies is always present and seems ideal to create another DVD, but the titles proposed are more rhythmic, more energetic. Admittedly there are always superb soft melodies, like this wonderful Bekki Williams’ The Plains, an unreleased track, where beautiful wrapping and dense layers progress on low pulsations and beautiful panpipes. Under the Same Sky is another superb romance, where a romantic piano is coiling in grips of a violin synth to melodious and comforting layers. A little like Fallen from Code Indigo. Angel Dust, with a superb suave and bewitching voice, is another beautiful melody from Witchcraft.
Nandana-Paradise of Indra from Catalin depicts the quality of the material we find in AD Music catalogue. Catalin offers an outstanding title to Olympia savours with orchestral arrangements which we can easily compare to Vangelis. Gregorian choirs open this tribal fresco to rhythms of paradisiacal islands from the Antique Greece with superb percussions and native string instruments. On a constant rhythm Nandana is majestic and circles on blazing synths with powerful orchestral mixes. A title very close to what does Mannheim Steamroller and Robert Fox, another star of this English label that we can hear with the powerful and harmonious Three Sister and the intriguing Over Turquoise Seas. Two titles from the beginning of the 90’s which show the talent of Robert Fox on writing and producing. David Wright is one of AD Music jewels. This compilation offers one of his best tracks, Taiga a superb space bolero, which should at least be listened once in a life. He also wrote the other unreleased track of Sacred Skies; the title track. A title whose tempo is accentuate on an ascending sequence, ties of harmonious layers. The rhythm is supported by hammering percussions and a superb guitar with plaintive solos. Flame Sky, its third title on this compilation is an intense linear movement with beautiful guitars chords which float on superb violin mellotron. Robert Fox and David Wright are also members of Code Indigo which presents 3 titles, the very Oldfieldian Call of the Earth and the sensual Code II which start on powerful and arrogant riffs which hide under superb guitar solos. And if the power and unbridled rhythms attract you, Jumping Air of Raviv shows you that all the kinds cross on AD Music, as much as that remains EM. Enterphase and Callisto are the only titles with Berlin School ambient influences. Two beautiful titles which show the fickleness of ADM.
Sacred Skies is a superb compilation which shows a more orchestral and tribal aspect of its catalogue, always privileging a melodious artistic approach with ample arrangements. Another beautiful collection which gathers 18 beautiful harmonious titles, to fluid melodies and genius arrangements, that make raise fibres of the soul.

Sylvain Lupari (2006)
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