vendredi 14 janvier 2011

FRANK D PROJECT: Heavensgate (2008)

I quite like FD Project. His music always flows with a harmony of which premices is a skillful dosage of guitars, as electric than acoustic, and synths which oscillate between the Berlin School territories, the new kind as the retro one, with a sweet ‘’Oldfieldian’’ influence. On Heavensgate FD Project charms as ever, with a long magnificent epic track which worth by itself the purchase of the CD. A true good old Berlin School, well sequenced, that FD Project throws between our ears and who thrones among a magnificent collection of tracks all so harmoniously attractive.
A slow reverberating line opens Mandarinentraum (The Tangerine Dream). The intro is spatial with its analog sound effects which breeze from a fluty mellotron à la Mergener-Weisser (Software). Quietly Frank Dorittke, the man behind FD Project, immerses us in a sulfurous post 70’s Berlin School with a limpid and a sequence with crystalline keys which turn delicately among a sea of synths filled by spectral, undulating and edgy breezes. A hypnotic fantasia which is lulling in a cosmos with a starry canvas filled by shooting streaks in order to espouse a delicate rhythmic with a sequencer freeing hopping keys. A bloody very well structured track Mandarinentraum is perfuming by Tangerine Dream’s multiple musical influences with puzzling rhythmic approaches, quite as we hear on Blue Planet. Approaches that destabilize the listener with unexpected rhythms, as near the 15th minute where the tempo is sparkling with good tom-tom percussions and a synth with sharp whistles. Continually Mandarinentraum evolves on rhythms in constant permutation but which are overlapping with subtlety, as rarely a track that length can offer without falling into some atonal sources. A superb musical piece where synths and guitars are of a pleasant complicity, especially towards the finale with sequences to stunning inversions. This is some very good Berlin School, Mandarinentraum is certainly among the beautiful tracks written in 2008.
Galaxy 2008 flows languishingly on a wavy mellotron vocal and a beautiful line of bass. The tempo is suave and espouses a sensual movement beneath a flock of loopy guitar solos. A track of a delicious sweetness, quite as November Day and its melancholic melody. Spaceball is for guitar fan. A heavy guitar which is griping to a cosmic serpentine intro on good percussion strikes from where are winding good electric six-string solos. A heavy and incisive guitar on a cadence which pulses hypnotically and wrapped with a zest of interstellar sound effects. Shy Heavensgate (the title track) moves nervously, as a clock searching for its tick-tock, before taking the shape of a hooking sequenced nursery rhyme. A beautiful intro which engenders a more sustained rhythmic with a guitar phase that hangs on ears to be in hiding there, as worm ear. Spectral does not betray its naming with its sinister mood on a hopping bass line. Fine keys hang on to this line, unwinding a melodious spectre which furrows a more robust movement, embracing a funky touch. Heaven Must Be Proud encloses this FD Project 6th opus with a beautiful melody starring the fine voice of Gilbert Steffan which sensualism and virginality are tying marvelously to laments of an electric guitar.
Heavensgate got lost in the mazes of EM albums which abound in profusion in 2008. Nevertheless, it is one of the pearls of that year. A magnificent album which should parade among 2008 top ten.

Sylvain Lupari
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