vendredi 12 novembre 2010

REMY:Exhibition of Dreams (2009)

The musical universe of Remy is between Schulzian boldness’s and Indra romanticism. An exhilarating music, tinted of a strange melancholy which recalls the old French movies, as well as the somber post-war art. Initially released in 1999, as a double cd, Exhibition of Dreams is the very first Remy musical essay. Out of print since a long time, AKH Records decided to celebrate this 10th anniversary with 3 projects; first a unique CD where Remy carefully chose to rework 5 tracks, a complete remasterised version and with a special edition of 3 CD with 1 CD of 6 tracks from the vaults of the 1999 studio sessions. These last 2 items will see the day early in January 2010. So, in the waiting of those releases, I’ll talk about this reworking version of EoD which contains 5 tracks judiciously selected by the Dutch synthesist.
A soft mellotron with fluty breaths waltz in suspension straight from Entering the Dream’s opening, a new version of Into the Dream. Already we seize the strangely romantic atmosphere which will ensue from this selection that is Exhibition of Dreams (EoD). A melodious opening, imprint of nostalgia, which flows on a harmonious sequential approach from which loops are spreading out under delicate pulsations from a discreet bass. Between calm and tearing, the synth goes with suave ethereal approaches, as a lonely guitar which cries out its night-solitude. In halfway, the sequence gets loose and borrows a more limpid sonority under a thunder of percussions which roll on howling synth solos, bringing a determinedly more rock touch to Entering the Dream which continues to roam between hybrid rhythms and hard-hitting drum strikes. Velocity (Lost Forces) carries well its title with its fast and sharp sequential opening. A minimalism approach which bubbles under great violin strata which hatch an ultra pace structure. Throughout its11 minutes Velocity offers an oppressing rhythm, sometimes supported by percussions and sometimes by a wavy bass structure. A stationary rhythm that give a strange impression of being constantly breathless with its wild cadence and random palpitations, a little as we were trap in a nightmare. Lunascape (La Luna) is a small jewel of ethereal romanticism. Doors creak to be open under a bewitching sequential spiral which swirls lasciviously around fluty breathes, felted choirs and magnificent synth surges of an incredible tenderness. Impetuses which float in a sphere where dream is shaping all awake, beneath strikes of violin bows, soft hits of a sensual electronic drum and a synth with captivating solos. A superb track, where we can clearly feel Klaus Schulze influence, and which progresses as delicately as its hypnotic pace. With Silent Conversation we go through the mysterious zone of Exhibition of Dreams. Abandoned arpeggios float in a cosmic constancy before forming a sequential structure which vacillates on a soft rhythm. A sweet charming pace which soaks into a delicious cerebral mist, where crystal clear keys of a solitary keyboard are molding to old soundtracks so dark and so melancholic, that percussions and slinky bass line flood with a more punctuated rhythm. If the Schulzian influence perfumes EoD almost everywhere, it’s on Mirage that she is the most present.
Beyond a doubt la pièce de résistance of EoD, Mirage is a long complex track finely worked starting with a sequence which hems such a prismatic cascade of which the echo is getting threatening and the tempo bubbles behind the striking of an incisive sequencer. Notes of an acoustic guitar and a mellotron with veils as much fluty as violined amplify much more the Schulze influence (In Blue and Dreams), on a minimalism rhythm of which the approach progresses harmoniously well and permutes with subtlety to embraces several forms throughout this title filled of unexpected musical outcomes. The density of drum strikes, a synth at once sober and audacious with tortuous solos and a variety of rhythms which border as much the atonality as furious paces, make of Mirage a sound wonder which ends with a magnificent synth. A surge, harpooned by hard-hitting strikes and wrapped with stifling strata, plunging us into a sound universe where paranoia and schizophrenia are the meeting point of a surprising sound mirage.
Sadly, I never had the chance to hear the original release of Exhibition of Dreams back in 99. On the other hand I discovered Remy’s music with the very inspired and inspiring Different Shades of Dust, released in 2004. I discovered an audacious artist, with a very progressive artistic approach, which is exactly the case with this special edition of Exhibition of Dreams, which contains pure marvels of a Berlin School EM style. Titles as Entering the Dream, Lunascapes and the very audacious Mirage are inescapable and reveal one of the big EM album of 2009.

AKH Records 10091-2

Sylvain Lupari (2009)
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