In facts, Destination: Berlin - Part III is a remarkable track which espouses as much the contemporary approach of Remy as its roots and influences of Klaus Schulze and his unique Berlin School style. This is a track that fans of Schulze are going to highly appreciate, whereas Destination: Berlin - Part II is going to please Tangerine Dream fans. I-Dentity, the title track, was conceived with the Internet technology and the collaboration of Francis Rimbert, Gert Emmens and Synth.nl on synth and sequences and Erik Wollo on guitars. That gives a lot of rhythm and synths solos which start rather slowly with a minimalism line of which bass chords evolve stealthily on a fine choir wave. Another line appears and its more limpid chords cavort around the lead one while the multiplicity of synth lines to variable sonorities continues. Mysterious, I-Dentity undulates on its arpeggios of glasses surrounded by slow enveloping waves when the drum falls and hooks a more frank and chiselled rhythm that a line of bass bites of its warm notes. At mid-term the rhythm breaks. Crystalline arpeggios, which ring as xylophones’ chords, are isolated and only the drum completes this dance of glass while a suave synth gives a second breath to I-Dentity which becomes subtly more languishing. The track forks of onto an arcade amusement tangent with an array of electronic heterogeneous tones which invade a rhythm become more mordant and agile beneath a fusion of hard-hitting synths solos. Solos substituted by Erik Wollo's guitar which makes a superb duo with a synth to crystal clear chords while I-Dentity pours towards a little technoïd tangent à la Tangerine Dream, completing thus the identical elements of the Berlin School evolution. Available in a downloadable format on MusicZeit site, Vulnerable is the equal of bonus CD that use to come with most of Remy’s releases. Written for his show on the E-Day 2011 festival, Vulnerable is a long and beautiful track which begins by an oniric and melancholic piano. Delicate, notes are as much sober as shrill and are wrapped with a fine synthesized mist while the constant progress of Vulnerable brings it towards heavy and tortuous roads. A style so familiar to Remy, especially with those splendid stratums with dark organ tones that recall so much a dream told some years ago.
We don’t get used easily to Remy’s work. Mysterious and mesmerizing, the music of Remy sometimes dives into complexity, otherwise perplexity and I-Dentity doesn’t escape this rule. As much melodious that he is, Remy remains a complex being whose personality transposes on his compositions, making the charm of music that we discover listening after listening. I-Dentity is as height as Remy best work. It’s a work that embraces various retro Berlin School phases while keeping this key of influence for Schulze’s digital era works and this touch of madness so characteristic to Exhibition of Dreams. With such a cocktail it is evident that I-Dentity is an album to get because it depicts marvellously the evolutionary identity of the Berlin School EM style.
DESERTED ISLAND MUSIC: DIM 001 / 11041-2
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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