vendredi 10 décembre 2010

RAINBOW SERPENT: Live @ Liphook 2007 (2008)

When we hear Live @ Liphook 2007, we have difficulty to conceived that this album was recorded in concert, so much everything is held and linked with a surprising complicity. Because Rainbow Serpent music is not so easily tamable. It is of a kind of progressive and experimental Berlin School which is constantly evolving. Compositions structured around heterogeneous sound elements in which are grafted beautiful harmonious passages. Recorded live during the 2007 Hampshire Jam Festival, Live@ Liphook 2007 presents us a Rainbow Serpent in very great shape. The colorful Serpent accompanied by Thomas Kagermann on violin and Eva-Maria Kagermann on ethereal vocalizes. And faithful to their trademark, the Berlin group offers us his complex music with electronic melodies divided by sound effects and noisy inserts, like those thunderous percussion strikes, creating a stunning musical paradox where powerful melodies abound in unsuspected contexts.
Gerd Wienekamp and Frank Specht don’t waste time. Straight from Le Vent dans la Plaine opening, Rainbow Serpent plunges us into meanders of a musical world full of sound imagination. Le Vent dans la Plaine starts on badly calibrated motorcycle. A bike with a bad cold that a huge sound wave covers from a synth of a metallic coldness and which exhausts its din in atmosphericosmic strata, before that brutal percussion strikes ring a rhythmic awakening with a slow and sensual beat, coated by a synth whose spectral waves undulate lazily. Le Vent dans la Plaine displays then its wonderful melody with piercing synths cooing of hypnotic circles and sinuous lines which charm and sing on heavy percussions. Synths which split their lines creating melodies on melodies, coated by intense mellotron strata, and moulding a very emotional dramatic approach on a structure hammered of a suave and heavy tempo. A little more and I would believe to hear the splendid Sebastian Im Traum from Frank Specht. Le Vent dans la Plaine slides towards Twelve Celli and its ambient structure which recalls Bernard Xolotl's musical universe on Procession. A slow and very atmospheric movement where Thomas Kagermann’s violin and the spiritual incantations of Eva-Maria Kagermann glance through an arid structure which wakes up on heavy Indian percussions. A slow procession which gains in rhythm with beautiful sequences that flicker on a yet indecisive structure, nibbled by a hesitating violin. Tangram starts with shimmering notes which flutter in a sphere with colorful reverberations. A great sequenced movement comes from it, undulating with limpidity reminding the universes of Tangerine Dream on Tangram, while the fluty mellotron recalls the poetic-cosmic universe of Software. Another great track which navigates on Rainbow Serpent quirky currents, while respecting this so melodious touch which is his. Calais offers, within 5 minutes, the multiple facets of Rainbow Serpent. An ambient intro adorned by the soft dreamlike voice of Eva-Maria Kagermann which coos in a dark cosmos, while percussions and line of bass shape a fine languishing rhythm which ends its course with a drum roll, plunging Calais into the caustic twilights of its introduction.
En Passant is Live@ Liphook 2007 highlight. A synth with symphonic layers which flow such as soul sighs, a little as the solitary saxophone that we hear on Vangelis’ Blade Runner, is opening its intro. A poignant intro on a mellotron with angelic vocalizes, but also with strange percussions which caw and drum randomly with cymbals that flicker in an eclectic mist. In brief, a universe worthy of Rainbow Serpent that wakes up with an uncertain sequential movement and zigzags in a heterogeneous sound universe. Beautiful pads of a symphonic synth recover this rhythmic finely hammered by great sequences which espouse marvelously all percussions variety revolving around En Passant which dives into heavy atmospheric, but never atonal passages, with brief awakenings sequenced and hammered by a grand-sounding bass-line. A long track as beautiful as strange, which suffers undeniably of a melodious bipolarity syndrome. After a soft melancholic ballad in Memories, Rückblenden emerges from a smoothing cosmos saturated by atmospheric strata à la Schulze. Composed with Mario Schonwalder, Rückblenden seems out of-key with its sober structure which livens up on a nice hypnotic sequential movement, wrapped by fine ethereal strata. A pulsation bites the rhythm which grows slowly, as in Schulze’s Moondawn, before crossing a passage where percussions modify the rhythmic structure as if we listened some good old Klaus Schulze.
Rainbow Serpent’s Live@ Liphook 2007 is a monumental work that passed by my ears and which I finally rediscovered with Stranger. A superb album filled by creative music and diversified rhythms but which leave room to surprising melodies. This is great progressive Berlin School which makes its winks of eye to Tangerine Dream, Software and Vangelis with whole range of musical memories that furnish a pleasant moment of contemporary EM.

MANIKIN: MRCD7084

Sylvain Lupari
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