mardi 30 novembre 2010
WoW! This got to be my best TD album ever….Well, if we make abstraction of Phaedra:). Ah Poland! How many times did I listen to Poland? Seriously, if I didn't listen Poland not more than 1 000 times, than I never heard it! I laughed, cried and dreamed through Poland. So much that the story became mythical to me. The ambiences are variables; from ambient to frantic sequential driven rhythms covered by metallic synth pads and layers. Unique moments that have influenced lot of young artists and sound engineers and a story that magnify again the legend of Tangerine Dream. A rendezvous with time. A historic cultural rendezvous, because Poland did change the course of EM.
Tangent begins on a melodious synth amalgam. Slowly a vaporous cloud throws its exhalations and a good sequenced percussion play draws the line of a tempo suavely sensual from which mellotrons embalm of very suggestive voices. This long ambient passage ends in a more joyful rhythm and livened up of Logos colors. Barbakane frees a light flute on a synth cloud. This soft lament is livening up more and more on a sequencer, sound effects and percussions which are unifying to form a static rhythm which is surrounded by unidentified sound objects which are leak away in a short atmospheric silence. We have to seize that moment, just to fix the oblivion and being carried away by the waves of Barbakane finale. Because it’s here that is hiding one of the most beautiful harmonious moments in TD’s career; Warsaw in the Sun. Available also in maxi single, Warsaw in the Sun is a hymn to freedom, brotherhood and love. An extremely strong melody which blows our spine and doused our body of 1 001 shivers. Shivers of incredibility, in front of such a melody, that chases us non-stop and which, 30 years later provokes the same effect, on and on. Horizon ends this concert with a very ambient intro. Synth breaths cross discordant notes which seek to form a harmony. A cold harmony which is tracing on a warmer line, guided by sequential percussions and synth pads. Synth groans glance through an intersidereal oblivion. Fans of TD, we know. We know how TD ends their concerts. We know that TD will flood our ears, but never were we expecting such a finale! The sequencer is running wild on percussions which roll and are jostling. A total discord which gains in rhythm with Edgar six-string assaults and Franke sequential charges. Stoic, Schmoelling hangs tough with a synth as dominant and harmonious. Today the finale of Poland still remains a highlight in TD stunning career.
With Poland, Tangerine Dream has insufflated a revival in EM. Today it is not rare to hear here and there, sequential lines that go out quite straight ahead of the unbridled imagination that we find almost everywhere on Poland each track of this unique concert. In my opinion, Poland is a classic of the modern EM. A major work that every EM, even techno, fan should possesses, just to understand and appreciate the evolution of synth and sequential harmonies. It’s among my Top 5 to life. A place and opinion shared by many fans of electronic, progressive and experimental music.
Sylvain Lupari (2006)Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream: http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=8272