lundi 8 novembre 2010

AIR SCULPTURE: Before The Moon (2010)

Slightly different from the Ricochet Dream double CD-R edition (RD020-P2), Before The Moon makes a new sonority after being Remasterised and Edited, with a new Digipack format, in only 300 CD, by Vic Reck’s label. Though it is the same concert, the final result is slightly different with this new mastering realized by Air Sculpture’s Pete Ruczynski. Enough, that per moments I have the impression to hear the same concert but played in two different events. Shortened of nearly 45 minutes of its CD-R version, Before The Moon offers a warmer sound. Sounds and subtleties between rhythms that intermingle in various synth fragrances give a completely new depth to this recording. Like a jewel well polished of its rough state.
The intro of La Gomera I remains always so lugubrious. A slow intro where the richness of heteroclite sonorities surprises compared to the original work. One clearly hears there all small nuances and the fret work of those reverberating waves brings a new dimension to the listening because they scintillate in a universe bordering a remote oceanic world as strange as those spectral light winds on irregular loops. Hidden in this rich abstract structure, sequenced percussions emerge of these caustic reverberations hoops and out of oceanic limbos to hop in alternation on an enchanting mellotron freeing a misty pad.The hits become irregular whereas the mellotron sways with charm and those synth pads which become denser and intense on sequences with African bongos drumming style to shape a slightly frantic cadence, in contrast with the softness of these wavy pads. I tell you; a kind of mix between Ashra and Tangerine Dream, especially when fine solos escape from a synth to whistle in this enchantress fog. A superb opening that reaches its hypnotic paroxysm with a powerful movement of crescendo at around the 19th minute. An avalanche of sequences with African xylophones strikes opens La Gomera II. An electronic drum rams this rhythmic, structuring a cadence with a techno tendency on a beautiful bass line which undulates under layers of a synth with soft orchestrations and fine solos. Minimalist rhythmic structure that will be use as framework for a splendid and daring sound carnival with keyboard keys which hesitate between jazz and pure melody. The rhythm dances and trances with a light frenzy and the keyboard crosses a heavy bass line which winds while howling, whereas aggressive synths howl daring sonorities in a completely delirious sound hubbub. A kermis of happiness on a wild cadence with breathes of spectral synths which hoot at the moon, under a dreamy mellotron fog. An imposing music piece that one would likes perpetual and which still astonishes with his mellotron flutes following an unbridled rhythm under tortuous solos. One of the extremely powerful tracks from Air Sculpture!
La Gomera III begins with a heavy bass line which gallops in misty plains. Keys of keyboard dandle there in loops, whereas the structure takes a slightly syncopated form. The intro of La Gomera III is a powerful sound swirl without direction. A heavy atonal movement where solos are indistinct and from where emerges a sequence with crystalline hammerings. Hypnotic and psychedelic, Air Sculpture is mislaid in the RMI ways with a synth which blows like a guitar on a heavy structure where sound effusion is so dense that one loses oneself there. A little after the 9th minute, the movement is quieting down softy, offering a nice structure which oscillates as a hypnotic carrousel where keyboards notes are mingle with sequences chords and solos from a tortuous synth. Frantic African bongo opens La Gomera IV which explodes of violent synth solos with fragrances of resounding guitars. A superb sequential movement on frantic percussions which are offering a freedom of infinite trance, as La Gomera II. Here, the synth solos are more virulent and are transported by a dense mellotron fog, surrounded by a fine syncopated movement. Gently La Gomera IV swerves on melodious rhythms, less trances, with beautiful orchestrations and final imprints of a quietude which is surrounded by a mystic aura with superb arrangements. Violins which brush against this mystical fog that stays after evenings of carnivals and which conclude this very good remastering of a superb concert which shows all its creative madness of the double CD-R version, Before the (Full) Moon.


Sylvain Lupari
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