mercredi 15 décembre 2010

KELLER & SCHONWALDER: Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (2008)

After the successful Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2006, Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder is doing it again with a double cd this time, merging concerts gave at the same place, but in 2007 and 2008. The first CD contains the performance of January 20th, 2008, whereas the 2nd one includes bits of 2006 and 2007 concerts. Always accompanied by Raughi Ebert on guitars and Thomas Kagermann on violin, the Berliner trio offers a very minimalism electronic music which is enhanced by Kagermann violins predominance. Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder offers a diversified music where Berlin School is the premise of beautiful melodies which fork in improvisation risks.
Kangerman violin is the soul of Lanes of the Lord. The longest track of CD1 begins in a nebulous atmosphere stuffed of synths with eerie breaths which agonize among the stammering of electronic percussions. A suggestive bass line is twisting with percussions beneath unctuous breezes of synth pads. A minimalism melody pierces these misty pads on a more swaying bass, Tablas percussions and a solitary violin. Lanes of the Lord espouses then an Oriental structure with a hatched sequential approach, giving a hopping pace to a throbbing track where the violin trails its melody with a poetic heaviness. A fine sequence, à la Robert Schroeder opens Moers Part I, a small jewel of minimalism art which grows harmoniously beneath superb orchestral arrangements, floating synths with penetrating choirs which recall Klaus Schulze’s. The rhythm becomes pounding with a beautiful sequential movement, accompanied by a very lyrical and oniric violin which stretches its laments among mellotron choirs and flutes. A track that makes all the room to Kagermann! Rock This! supports pretty well its appellation with a hopping sequence girdled by a guitar with expressive solos. A curled sequence surrounds a tempo which turns more powerful whereas the beat becomes straightforwardly more rock with beautiful guitars solos from Raughi Ebert. Source of Life is a splendid ode to reverie. Heavy string instruments shape a temporal waltz to which are adding a virtual choral and an acoustic guitar, accentuating even more repressed emotions. A track model after a good Oldfield, but to avoid if the soul is gloomy cause tears could easily surf on this splendid melody. Moers Part II continues this softly quest with a strange virtual mermaid which moulds her voice to a slinky mellotron. Guitar notes embrace this quietude, like a minimalism cycle, whereas the tempo rides a light crusade before being melted on a heavy pounding percussion caressed by a violin which is melting to fine synth solos. Strongly tinted by Schulze influence, Shiauliai is hammered of overwhelming percussions which are pummeling by a plaintive violin and composite sonorities. A track that is near cacophony, but at the same time quite ingenious with a musical approach influenced by the Middle East with its Tablas percussions and dragging guitar. esreveR oloS seems to come out of nowhere with its musical structure near a Mexican fiesta thanks to its guitar play and synth trumpets which feast around a traditional folk violin.
A soft synth wave and a melancholic piano open Return to the Beginning. A maudlin violin adds a poignant touch whereas the tempo progresses in procession on beautiful orchestral arrangements where guitar, violin, sequences and percussions are melt in an indefinable, but coherent rhythmic context. The movement is dark and heavy, pummeled by some guitar notes lost on a tempo which is accentuating and pulsating soberly on an electronic march with echotic suction pads sounds. Again there the piano, violin, flute and guitar orchestrate beautiful melodies on a minimalism and heavy track which drags its rhythmic energy near good cyclic percussions. Deeper Silence is atonal. A dark track, with multiple synth layers that float in an intriguing nebulosity. It’s a world where the silence is black, with lugubrious choirs humming on fine arpeggios which shimmer softly in a universe without souls and life. Except towards the 10th minute when a heavy sequence whirls, without creating a rhythm, captive of heavy layers which smothers its desire of freedom. Klaus, Where Are You? Is another good moment on Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 with its galloping sequences animated by cold cymbals and girdled by good synths solos. This is good old Berlin School finely finicky with a hybrid rhythm, whereas the violin spreads smoldering solos on a structure which evolves through good orchestral arrangements. Bows on virtual cellos which hypnotize with a tempo sustained on a frantic tempo. This is some true Schulze … and good candy for BS fans. Initiated by good guitar, Another Magic Moment progresses on percussions which hammer a light rhythm. The violin follows this cadence which permute in a universe with electronic jolts to follow a more frenetic tangent with good percussions and nervous sequences. A track that sounds like Rock This! ,but guitar in less. Cut & Paste is purely electronic with a sequence which rolls up an improvised structure on a nervous rhythm and heavy riffs, whereas Raughis Song is peace and quiet with a beautiful acoustic guitar and a piano which are wrapped of a serene and melancholic synth layer.
There is lot of music on Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2, beautiful music that reflects the passion of Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder for the Berlin School style. If there is a thing that annoyed me is the predominance of Kangermann violins which smother subtleties the synths. On the other hand, the minimalist aspect is superbly melodious and quite detailed. There are jewels on this double opus which we cannot be unaware of. Tracks that enchant and hypnotize, as well by their melodious approaches than their progressive complexities. All in all, Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 is a very good album, full of surprises, like the first one.

MANIKIN RECORDS: MRCD7088

Sylvain Lupari (2009)
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