vendredi 15 juillet 2011

MOONSATELLITE: Sequenzer I (2007)

Hum.... The soft sensation of travelling through time and to put for nth time (it had to be time tamed, first) Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygen on my Linn turntable. Sequenzer is MoonSatellite’s first opus and it’s also a pleasant temporal journey where the doors of cosmos and stars that is opening on nice sequences and synth lines that made the beauty of Jarre’s first works. A weak imitation? No! MoonSatellite continues the exploration of the cosmic waves, abandoned by Jean Michel Jarre after Magnetic Fields, to deepen an EM to moderate rhythms but with an approach even more spatial than what is being made today. Tones of shooting stars which sparkle while parading at high speed or soaking in a poetic statism, Sequenzer is ably built in a mould where the dream is going to the door of stars and is displaying on 5 tracks which are binding in delicious intergalactic nectar.
A spatial wind blows on cosmic plains of the solar system of Sequenzer. Sequenzer I opens this sequential quest with a suave and warm breeze which waves among a pleiad of sound effects and galactic white noises while a synth wave comes to caress of its chant heavenly bodies and stars. A fine sequence is waddling by alternating its delicate beatings. The synth is soft and whispers cosmic and celestial singings on a minimalist sequential movement which sets a hypnotic rhythm encircled by cosmic effects. Soft and poetic, Sequenzer I offers a superb oniric intro whereas that synth lines float and breathe of their astral songs, among serpentines which flow such as sidereal larva, in a cosmos livened up by a tender spellbinding sequence. At around the 9th minute, the first hits of cymbals and percussions isolate a sequence which strums the same chord, while synth solos fuse and are writhing in a cosmic whirlwind shaken by percussions beatings and syncopated sequences. A sumptuous concert of solos follows. Solos which float and fly over a rhythm slightly modified by a more circular approach with its stroboscopic sequences and pounding striking. Sequenzer II goes on the ashes of I with alternative sequences which strum of 3 successive chords a minimalist rhythm spinning in a hoop which seems timeless. The synth lays delicate nasal layers, throwing a stalk of solemnity to Sequenzer II. Nice layers which awaken reminiscences of Klaus Schulze and his stratified organs pads. A synthesized choir accompanies this solitary sequential dance, jamming organs movements and intruding the return of those white galactic noises and sound effects. Sequenzer III begins with fine hatched pads which form a slight tempo immediately covered by a soft mellotron synth. A synth from which strata waltz slowly, mixing its layers with oniric vocal lines. It’s a very nice intro sunken in ether and which makes us travel among stars and constellations on a supple rhythm fed by fine modulations and knotted by great solos. The more we move in Sequenzer III and the more the hold of cosmic noises are squeezing around solos whereas the rhythm permutes towards a more livened up tangent towards the second half. The resemblance with Magnetic Fields is striking, but imprinted by fine subtleties with a harder and curter rhythm, but synths and spatial white noises which wrap the arrhythmic union of percussions and sequences aren’t lying regarding the influences of MoonSatellite. After a more ambient and always so cosmic Sequenzer IV, which is not without recalling Oxygene V’s atmospheres, Sequenzer V engages with heavy circular sequences which hiccup of a jerky tempo. A heavily minimalist tempo, fed by powerful pulsations and synth pads, which spins towards a more supple rhythmic with the arrival of percussions and synth layers, just before that it’s calming down by cosmic sound effects and more suave and bewitching lines of synth.
If Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze have their emulators' legions, why not Jean Michel Jarre who knew how to build his own musical entity in a world where the imagination cuts itself short of audacious artificial arpeggios? But beyond this resemblance with Jean Michel Jarre, MoonSatellite is another interesting discovery of the French collective of EM, PWM Distrib which determinedly seems to become established, and it is very well so, in the musical firmament that is EM. A place that belongs to France with full rights cause if EM of Berlin School style takes root in Germany, it’s for sure in France that it got connected with fans and press flying thus recognition and a certain success.

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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