mardi 22 février 2011

KLAUS SCHULZE: Moondawn (1976)

The 70’s… ah those 70’s! For some, they are pivotal years of the musical evolution. Years that overturned the character and the face of culture. For Germany it’s the Krautrockmania, the era of cosmic rock and EM. Of this new musical form appear names like Tangerine Dream, Ashra Temple and Klaus Schulze. Klaus Schulze, whom some compare to a Mozart of our XX th century, is effectively the center of a musical evolution. He manipulates recordings, mix them, and make them play in reverse. In short he handles his sound textures according to his ambitions and imagination. It’s in this stride that several contemporaries EM classics will see the light of days and find our ways to our ears. Among them Moondawn, re edited by the German label SPV which is re editing several works from the Schulze catalog. These re editions include bonus tracks, for fans delight, along with nice booklets. Moondawn is from Schulze first artistic era, a period where the master mixes atmospheres and is establishing as the monarch of analogue and its sulphurous ambiances.
Tinkling sparkle among a Berber incantation and Tibetan bells. Fine pads of an ethereal synth are escaping from it and float in a soft and warm electronic cosmos. Quite slowly Schulze widens his heavy synth coat with synth layers which are enlacing within breaths of Farfisa, a magnetic union that waltzes beneath the atmospheric sparkling, tracing a splendid intergalactic landscape. A hypnotic sequence is breaking away from this morphic envelope, drawing the bases of a minimalism rhythm which winds on by loopy waves. The synth is straying away and the first drum stammering are making heard. Snidely Floating is developing on a rhythm in constant progression with a sequential movement which waddles in a universe filled of multiple keyboards and synths layers and before we are coming out of our torpor the rhythm breaks out on soft synth modulations which are doing a race to Harald Grosskopf's soft drum. Far from being floating, Floating transports us in the Klaus Schulze musical universe where ambiances are fluctuating and synths are dense with long solos which dance with accuracy on fluid sequences and the agile drum of Grosskopf. Throughout Floating the main sequential line actuated subtly among light notes of piano / keyboards and soporific synth layers which travel among Schulze solos. In harmony with its progression the rhythm of Floating becomes heavier, hammered by Grosskopf drum and cut up by incisive solos of Schulze which fly among intersidereal sounds effects and hissing bats. A hypnotic and bewitching rhythm which gradually is subduing to embrace the stillness filled of astral serenity. Absolutely magnificent!
Mindphaser is more serene, even totally atonic, a bit like the calm after the storm of Floating. Distant waves come to strike a shore wrapping of a sober synth mantle. The shadow of the synth crosses Mindphaser, which starts with a long sigh. It gets across a galaxy that spits its atmospheric fuel and, soporifically, waves of the abyss are surrounding us. We are hook on the sensorial softness of Schulze synths. Motionless we are nailed and hypnotized by these synth sirens which charm our solitude. The tension increases and bursts beneath an avalanche of percussions which unfurl under the somber waves of a big old ghostly organ. Slow and heavy the tempo is sensual and draws its shape on hatched and curt percussions. Tortuous synth solos, agitated drum, atmospheric sound effects and dense sound texture Mindphaser tortures the spirit duality to the willingness of Schulzian madness. An intense cosmic and psychedelic frenzy that represents quite well the Krautrock paradoxes and which is increasing with power and bursts with strength.
The bonus track; Floating Sequence is a weak analogy of Floating. A kind of mix, we can guess, that follows the same sequential curve of Floating, but with an atmospheric tone closer of our current technology as of former days. The atmosphere is more fluid, less inquiring than at the time of the original conception. The sound effects are drawing out giving a feeling of sound freshness that will never equal the original. Is this re edition worth the money spent? On the sonority level I found the atmosphere less dark, a little too clearer if I may add. I did like it but which one is the best? My ears can’t hear differences, as there are on Mirage. It’s well presented. The artwork is splendid and includes a booklet that describes Monndawn history as well as Schulze musical evolution of this era. The bonus track is interesting but there is a better one still dragging on a bootleg…Fans will be happy and for those who still doesn’t know Klaus Schulze, it’s the ideal opportunity because Moondawn is a classic of the 70’s and an essential to understand torments of an era fertile in developments.

Sylvain Lupari (2006)
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