jeudi 5 mai 2011

TANGERINE DREAM: The Island of the Fay (2011)


"Without a doubt, The Island of the Fay is a strong opus and one of the very good made by Tangerine Dream since ages"

1 Marmontel Riding on a Clef 7:46
2 Breath Kissing Matter's Mouth 8:59
3 Beauty of Magic Antagonism 5:58
4 Fay Bewitching the Moon 11:01
5 Cycle of Eternity 6:461
6 Death in the Shadow 9:08
7 Moment of Floating into the Light 9:27
8 Darkness Veiling the Night 8:44

EASTGATE: CD 049 (CD 67:52) ****½

Wow! I have to admit that I am impressed. Inspired by a work of Edgar Allan Poe, “The Island of the Fay” is the first of a dark series of musical poems. And yet another Edgar Froese ambitious musical project which shows that the old fox possesses several strings to his bow. Like many TD fans I was subjected by “The Island of the Fay”s musical wealth. And this is for this reason that I took the time to review it and after some listening I understood that this last album of the Dream sounded exactly as the honeyed works that Edgar offers us for since the TDI and Eastgate years. Except that it’s supported by 6 musicians who enrich a sound structure which would have exactly rung as Views From A Red Train, Chandra and some works of the series Nagasaki if Edgar would have been alone and that he surmounts his fear of sounding as in old TD from the Franke and Schmoëlling years (Beauty Of Magic Antagonism and Death In The Shadow) while giving a wink to Klaus Schulze (Fay Bewitching The Moon). Making it, “The Island of the Fay” enters a zone that Edgar Froese seemed to avoid and denied at all costs; that of Tangerine Dream.

A swaying synth line introduces a frenetic sequential movement among which pulsations and hybrid palpitations form a strange fusion with the sonorous waves and sinuous synth lines that introduce the very lively "Marmontel Riding on a Clef". Absolutely brilliant this heavy intro to multiple sequential lines, that a bass line bites of its hatched notes, is decorated with delicate pads of a discreet synth in tones always so divided between the symphonic approaches and vocalizes that become so dear to Edgar. This melodious approach is inserting by shy snippets on a colossal sequential structure which unfurls at high speed and is feeding of its wriggling structure with the adding of nervous doubloons, chords to jerky flow that are spinning in almighty rhythmic spirals, good curt percussions and varied jingles which strengthen a surprising and stunning circular rhythmic approach of which the synthesized melody remains still. "Marmontel Riding on a Clef" is a great track of which the dark depth is dissipating in furious sequential movements while "Breath Kissing Matter's Mouth" offers a more temperate, even static, rhythmic approach. The intro is dark and imprinted of mystery with its heavy pulsating chords and its notes which are circulating in loops among flickering sound effects and percussions. Slow, the rhythm meets a nervous sequential movement from which crystal clear chords flutter in an unbridled staccato to rotary spirals. With its 2 parallel rhythmic structures "Breath Kissing Matter's Mouth" bubbles beneath its sequences which dance of a circular fury on synth layers to astral choruses and sinister violin lamentations. "Beauty of Magic Antagonism" is a nice silvered melody with a nice Tangerine Dream zest from the years of Le Parc and Hyperborea. The rhythm is slow and metallic, bent on good percussion strikes and nervous sequences. The synth there is very melodious and let flows a beautiful approach in the harmonies of the Dream in the 80-90’s years, quite as "Cycle of Eternity" which is, on the other hand, more nervous and closer to contemporary tones of the Dream with Carmaa's lively percussions. "Fay Bewitching the Moon" is one of the strongest moments on “The Island of the Fay” with its swaying intro to magnificent orchestral arrangements where melancholic impulses of strings instruments slide on a shagreen. A movement which is not without recalling Klaus Schulze on X. Afterward we penetrate into the sombre universe of the Dream in the Cyclone era with a tempo skipping on synth pads to reminiscences that we cannot denied. The percussions of Iris Carmaa add an unreal depth to these metallic synth pads so unique to Froese. The violin of Hoshiko Yamane caresses "Fay Bewitching the Moon"s hopping and jerky rhythm which is really at the musical doors of the 2 pole apart from Tangerine Dream. This is simply a wonderful track that smells the genius to full ears.
The sequential movement and percussions "Death in the Shadow" intro remind me a lot of
Warsaw in the Sun catchy beat. Little by little the rhythm becomes more nervous and skims over by hybrid synth layers. A little as everywhere in “The Island of the Fay” the rhythm is still, even if bubbling, and is centred on a fusion sequences / percussions which drums a nervous pace, always on the edge to explode but which holds its implosion near a line of bass to slender cooing note. Synth layers adopt angelic vocalizes while scattered pads add a depth filled of musical fragrances of the Pinnacles and Stuntman years to a track which wins in ferocity as it progresses. "Moment of Floating into the Light" is a long ballad that glides on beautiful nervous but stable sequences that splendid guitar solos from the old silvered fox betray his nostalgia. It’s a very beautiful poignant ballad where the heavy rhythm never overflows and the fusion synth / guitar flows throughout a slightly hopping sequential movement. "Darkness Veiling the Night" is the other very strong moment of “The Island of the Fay”. A track that brings us in territories even darker and more mysterious than "Breath Kissing Matter's Mouth" with a languishing tempo which begins its growth with percussions of which felted resonances strike in a strange world to atmospheric and eclectic tones. Notes of a wandering guitar cover the stride of this odd diurnal march where notes of a solitary piano cross the striking of percussions that sound like a xylophone in an atmosphere where romance goes alongside apocalypse. That’s a delicious mix of Picture Palace Music and Tangerine Dream on sumptuous orchestral arrangements which add a romantic depth to this heavy and powerful track, as much as its languishing tempo than its suave arrangements to made melt a rock. Yet it’s another splendid track that the blackness of the character whom is Thorsten Quaeschning.
Without a doubt, “The Island of the Fay” is a strong opus and one of the very good made by Tangerine Dream since ages. In fact it is the so long awaited album by the fans of the Dream whom, year after year, hoped to hear an opus where the spirit of the old Dream would roam over Edgar Froese's new ideas. It is now done. Certainly “The Island of the Fay” doesn’t offer these long tracks where TD changed its rhythmic structures in an instant, but it offers 8 robust tracks where the sequential avalanches are grafting to very nice melodies that would suit quite well in the Franke, Froese and Schmoelling era. We have heavy and nervous rhythms surrounded by synths to hybrid layers and suave guitars which soak into good orchestral arrangements. In brief, it’s a strong EM which crosses the decades of the Dream to dive quite hard into a story that should continue with a volume 2. This is simply magic and delicious, a return to one’s roots strongly hoped since moons and that didn’t just expect anymore.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream
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1 commentaire:

  1. Excellent review, this one is in the mail to me now. You got me excited to hear it.

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