vendredi 27 mai 2011

JAVI CANOVAS:Gravitational Waves E.P. (2011)

After 2 very ambient albums Javi Canovas offers us an EP full of sequenced and heavy rhythms. It’s a desirable return to the roots wished by those who had succumbed to the tempting rhythms of Nights of Brightness. Gravitational Waves is a 3 tracks EP filled with sequenced adrenalin. A heavy EP with rhythms and resonant sequences which are sometimes wrapped by soft mellotrons. In fact Javi Canovas makes a temporal journey, there where heavy and mysterious Berlin School was the prerogative of the analog years; the 70s!
And all of this compressed power begins with the hard-hitting Solar Dome whose opening passes by a line of twisted synth where fragile arpeggios roam there and dance too. They skip on oscillating curves of caustic reverberations while a heavy sequenced movement frees big juicy and frenzied chords. The rhythm heavy and nervous, Solar Dome unfolds then at great pace with a powerful undulating sequential movement of which zigzagging chords abound in a boosted resonance. It’s a heavy and infernal rhythm which sinks into lines of a synth to foggy and ghostly breezes that is not without recalling the murky depth of Tangerine Dream or Redshift. Feverish arpeggios twirl around and dance on this infernal structure where the rhythm is forged in a powerful sequential movement with chords that still splash with their reverberations, while very slowly this sequenced fury is quietly going slow. But it’s a much nuanced calm which brings with difficulty Solar Dome at doors of more limpid sequences but as much feverish on a stationary rhythm and encircled by a synth of mist. After an intro where metallic choirs sleep in the abysses of chthonian sub-soils, Elephant Trunks in Space livens up with a crossed lines sequential movement which flow rapidly. Chords open up at full speed, leaving on their passages trails of metallic mists which sigh under the heat of the speed. Another sequence joins the leading one. It flickers nervously with hybrid tones and nervous ascension beneath a superb fluty mellotron. As much hard-hitting than Solar Dome, Elephant Trunks in Space is more melodious and exalts of a splendid depth with its heavy crossed sequences which criss-cross a hyper rapid movement beneath fine parts of a fluty mellotron. That’s a wonderful track that allies sequential strength and melody and which ends its exhausting race beneath breaths of a solitary synth. After an intro to strange murky breezes, Dispersionl offers a beautiful melodious sequential movement with chords which skip finely. Another sequence is adding and draws an echo shape in the shade of a soft fluty mellotron filled of the analog year’s sonorities. Quietly the movement is growing in size and heaviness with chords which cavort and resound, wrapped of a fluid synthesized fog. In spite of its chords which skip nervously and with a heavy resonance, Dispersion evolves between heaviness and tenderness, a little as a blend between Solar Dome and Elephant Trunks in Space, but with a mellotron to more accentuated and fluid breezes.
We can say that it’s a luck that Gravitational Waves is only an EP of a 28 minutes length because I doubt that my ears and my loudspeakers, as well as yours, can take as much heaviness, resonances and tortuousity over a longer period. Gravitational Waves is a monument of weightiness where the melody invites itself in strangely powerful musical contexts. It’s an EP that wants to be a revival for the heavy sequenced music of analog years. In short, an EP all indicated to fans of TD (Franke era), Redshift and Ramp. It‘s very good and strongly livened up, as EM should be a little more often. Gravitational Waves is a solid EP that we can get at MusicZeit download site for the price of a song!

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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