jeudi 14 avril 2011

KLAUS SCHULZE: Body Love (1977)

Body Love, is the 7th opus in the chronology of the Klaus Schulze’s works. And the big question was; how an artist can survive a work such as Moondawn? Schulze didn’t really find the question quite difficult. His answer? Body Love! And it’s quite an epic musical journey that Klaus Schulze concocted us at this period. It’s an unexpected work that takes off trousers, without any play on words or senses here, some 30 years later and a brilliant work where Schulze shows his control of physical movements and sensual fluids which gets free of it.Stardancer begins with a soft synth line which is unwinding among weak choirs experimenting orgasms in a galactic universe. Analog sound effects, disorderly drum which strikes fall with fierceness, sonorous gases which perfume a drifting atmosphere.
Stardancer’s intro is gargantuan. From everywhere fuse hallucinating sound effects of a cosmic psychedelic era. And the rhythm topples over in the dementia that surrounded Moondawn. Because, it’s necessary to be honest in description, Body Love sounds like a suite to Moondawn. Lasse Braun, director of the porn movie Body Love had used the music of Timewind and Moondawn as his first soundtrack of his movie. Braun tried songs a bit more pop but that didn’t stick to the spirit of his movie, even less to the sinuous and languishing movements of the actors. So Lasse Braun contacted Klaus Schulze so that he would write a soundtrack with Moondawn influences and essences. What Schulze did, admirably well indeed. Stardancer is completely in compliance with the unbridled sequences of Floating that we found on Moondawn with its huge twisted and spectral synth solos and the drum which strikes overhang all over with grace and pragmatism. That’s a great track which follows the path of Floating.
Blanche was written for Klaus Schulze’s girlfriend at that time. It’s a superb electronic ballad where piano notes are muting into chords of a shrilling synth on a nice line of bass. Solos, of a sensual slowness, are dawdling with nonchalance, giving to Blanche a unique nostalgic depth. P.T.O. ah … P.T.O! What a lovely musical piece! From a single breeze, Schulze elaborates a line in suspension which progresses on pulsations that look like silky hypnotic percussions. It’s a long ceremonial that evolves on a minimalist tempo and where Schulze still goes with superb solos and orchestral arrangements with choirs cross diverse strata in evolution. Harald Grosskopf rolls his drum on rhythms in permutations which progresses as much with intensely as Stardancer. This new SPV re edition offers a bonus track written in the same area with the same spirit and is a tribute to Lasse Braun. Notes fall with echo in a smooth atmosphere. Quietly this sonorous litany forms a sequence which moves with flexibility on Schulze trademark and suave solos. It’s very familiar sounds cape from Picture Music and Timewind era.
Body Love is an inescapable work for any collection of electronic or progressive music. It’s an intense deep work and without weakness where synths are exhilarating, as I rarely heard from that time. It’s a very suggestive synth orgy with great taste in sounds and solos. As far as I’m concern it must be one of his warmest masterpieces. Nothing is lost and all lines have its senses, depth and story. It’s at ounce a cosmic and sensual album, a truly and pure masterwork in analog and contemporary EM. I think that there was just one man to do such a work and Schulze is the man and still today he continues to astonish and amaze. And there is a suite...
Except from the bonus track and the nice booklet this re edition of Body Love from SPV doesn’t bring anything really new about the mixing and mastering. I still prefer my Thunderbolt cd. But for those who still don’t have Body Love, this is a must because it’s another masterpiece from the king of contemporary and analog EM, Berlin School or not.


Sylvain Lupari (2006)
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