mercredi 29 juin 2011

MEMORY GEIST: Benthos (2011)

Here’s the 2nd opus of the so heterogeneous as dark duet; Memory Geist. An album produces over a period of 4 years, where Steve Law and Bakis Sirros sculptured their musical structures on sound textures, Benthos distances from its predecessor, Funeral Cavern, by exploring various facets of music to infinite possibilities. From heavy and syncretic ambient to a music just as much sombre but cheerful and livened up, Benthos is a superb journey in the heart of the modular and analog synths, there where noises are transformed into music. And there where the music can become source of harmonies.Metaphore opens this 2nd musical journey of this duet filled of many heterogeneous tendencies with an ambivalent rhythmic structure which lulls between uncertain rhythms, drive by astounding percussions and gaily-coloured pulsations which beat in Memory Geist’s strange and sinister atmospheres. Delicate felted pulsations resound on a fine linear wave which spreads its sonority up to a nest of pulses to varied circles of influence and metallic sonorities. Some deaf beatings which resound as bangings on a door, mixing fragmented pulsations to in search of momentums and keyboard chords which are hanging around as guitar notes. The rhythm in waiting, it’s lulling on its chords and deploying with a strong uncertainty on a glaucous structure which is pressed by arrhythmic percussions and iridescent pulsations, forging an ambivalent rhythmic the beat crosses sound effects, ambiances and atmospheres interrupted by soft melodious fragments. Mysticeti is by far the most accessible and track offered by the Law / Sirros duet. It’s a superb melody which takes its source from a beautiful synth line which undulates beneath spectral breaths, nervous percussions with an unexpected flow and nice pads of an orchestral synth. Hatched pads which violined among fine glasses’ twinklings and a suave and sinuous synth solo. Oniric and romantic, Mysticeti is a surprising melody forged in a musical universe still unknown of Memory Geist, but the sound imprints which lie there is unmistakably indelible, in particular with its deaf and twisted reverberations which wrap the innocence of a bed song played near hells. Ocean Memory transports us in the soft tranquilities of an oceanographic universe where arpeggios sparkle and dance like jellyfishes in a seabed papered with sombre musical waves to slow oniric oscillations and twisted reverberations. It’s a long ambient and atonal track where the surrounding noises captivate us so much the depth and the sculptural precision depicts the location of its track.
Dark undulatory pulsations coming of a curious industrial music universe animate Photophore’s intro. Percussions to short tumbling down flow are joining this curt and fragmented rhythm, awaiting the arrival of drum strikes which hammer a tempo dishevelled of down-tempo style. Photophore bends on this cadence filled of subdivided, but steady, elements which evolve on an electronic structure where the down-tempo merges with a slow hip-hop fed by a beautiful bass line, lamentations of wandering souls and a fanciful drummers’ duel which hammer furious strikes in a musical universe imprinted by pulsations and always papered of surrealist sound elements. Carcharhinus cuts the rhythm and puts Benthos in an ambient and atmospheric phase with noises of intergalactic transmissions of which cracklings float around dark reverberations and deaf pulsations. The track offers a slow intro filled from tones of an amphibian world which sticks to a structure of which the atonality is growing in an increasing rhythmic approach fed by fine percussions and great glaucous pulsations which beat in a psychedelico-ambient universe where sinuosities and rangy synthesized strands darken a musical universe feed of white noises. Bathosphere concludes Benthos with a long and wonderful ambient track of which the reminiscences with Michael Stearns' Chronos filled our ears, but with a darker approach where synth cosmic layers marinade with sombre choirs which try to avoid the entrails of their caves. It’s a very good ambient track with great atmospheres which allies darkness and brightness in a bordering world of angels of darkness.
That would be a lie to say that the music of Memory Geist is easy of approach. Steve Law and Bakis Sirros have been masters in the art of building an abstract music where fine harmonious fragments are hiding in heavy black and caustic atmospheres. On the other hand Benthos demonstrates a new facet of Memory Geist by offering more places to rhythms and melodies without leaving aside the sculptural and abstract approach. There are superb passages on Benthos which are worth discovering this very eclectic duet who always privileges an analog electronic musical approach, giving so a heat and a depth to a complex and dark music. A music that will charm fans of Redshift, Ramp and Ian Boddy for sure and gives me a taste to re discover their first album.


Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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