"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.
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)
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