lundi 1 novembre 2010

NATTEFROST:Tracks From the Archives (2009)

Leftovers?! Let’s be honest. When one sees an album with Archives on, one thinks immediately of a compilation filled of remainders. More or less interesting tracks which risk to pleased only die hard fans of the concerned artist. Well, it’s not the case with Tracks from the Archives from Danish synthesist Björn Jeppesen. Composed of unreleased music pieces, remixed ones and live performances, Tracks from the Archives is a good compilation which shows us a new visage of Nattefrost. Boiling tracks heavy and lively structures with languorous and sensual rhythms in a down tempo and electro-pop style that fit so well to the hybrid universe of Björn Jeppesen.
The Magic Of Forgotten Times starts this compilation with strength. A heavily liven up track which one finds on Vejen til Asgård EP, released in 2004, under another name; The Magic off the Burial Mound. This is the ideal introduction for a compilation of music pieces constantly tugged up between electro-pop and Berlin School. Heavy and resounding sequences stamp in this broth of echoes. They hop awkwardly on the tip of their notes, working their ways through a synth with creamy layers which cherish this boiling intro of their dreamy pads. The movement is mislaid under cosmic synthesized streaks to bump into percussions which hammer heavily an atonal ambient universe, whereas limpid sequences stagger under spectral strias. Composed in 2005 with Tony Andersen’s help, Einkaufen is light and soaks in down tempo ambiance with electronic percussions which are tied to a vocoder, giving an impression of nervous and anguish panting. A soft jazzy piano escapes from it. His notes accompany a suave bass line before deviating on a rhythmic weighed down by good strike of percussions and a synth as vaporous as ethereal, plunging Einkaufen towards a short ambient passage before it takes again its hammering rhythmic race. Written in 1999, Nightfall offers a mystical intro before melting on a syncretic rhythmic with synth layers that surround a hybrid structure. The tempo is constantly wrapped by stiffing layers and lugubrious sound effects which give the impression that Nightfall knocks at Neptune doors. A good track proper to Nattefrost musical universe, just as the other new unreleased track on Tracks from the Archives; Technological Revenge. A short track which begins as if we were at the doors of darkness. Synth is tenebrous and deploys a multitude of hybridized layers which veil twisted solos to roll in loop on a sequential movement edging a synth jungle.
Remixed by Carsten Ji, Vejen til Asgård preserves its mystical and very electronic seal on a down tempo structure. A very good track just like Norrøn, which is another Carsten Ji remixed who, this time, shows a more cosmic rock approach with heavy guitars. Valhal demo gives a glimpse of this great music piece evolution. Even if several sound elements are missing, the melody that springs out remains always attracting whereas the tempo permutation is at the image of this demo. Even with a less dark approach, the new version of Underneath Another Nightsky remains so crusty, though I’m faithful to the original. Hjertestop is a remixed of Nattefrost himself of a song made by an icon of the Danish music; Alouise. On light Pop, one feels the heavy sequences full with reserves, from Valhal style. Remixed by Dennis Dithmar, Transformation runs like real Kraftwerk with its frantic rhythm on resounding sequences and very robotic percussions. The Live section of this collection presents known tracks that Nattefrost played on 2 locations. If the sonority of Decadence and Searching for a Distant Planet seems feeble, Descending from the Stars is better.
Except for the Live section which is a little weak, Tracks from the Archives is an surprising compilation of Nattefrost musical universe. A universe remixed and corrected with boiling and clever remixes bringing a new dimension to the music of Björn Jeppesen, which quietly forsakes oniric softness of Berlin School to bite in wilder and juicy rhythms. Tracks from the Archives is a beautiful surprise and not only some leftovers.

SYNGATE CDR2120 (2009)

Sylvain Lupari
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