Azure is Colder 2nd bridge. It’s also a wonderful melody forged in fine notes of piano and a delicious moment of a sombre romanticism that we would wish longer, especially with the coming of a great mellotron which charms of its enchanted flute. Colder, the title track, widens its silvered synth layers in a destroyed zone where the mist hasn’t yet time to evaporate that metallic pulsations beat delicately before joining a more hypnotic sequenced pulsation. And the rhythm explodes on a blow of anvil! A heavy sequenced oscillation à la Ricochet pierces the uncertainty rhythms of Colder which dither between the hard line and the one more atonal before the track deviates in a sharp whirlwind where Ian Boddy's electronic guitar grinds up the ambiance of his caustic and tearing solos. Solos which fly over and ride the divided and fragmented rhythms of Colder. Towards the 7th minute the rhythm calms down and Colder crosses a subliminal phase choirs that are dragging such as fog among notes of a lonely piano. But sequences are taking back their rights to rhythm with an incredible violence, making Colder spins in a bedazzled waltz where sequences swirl timelessly, accompanied by furious caustic solos of a guitar with merciless riffs which tear the heaviness of these furious rhythms. A heaviness amplified in the finale, leaving the motionless spectators of ice. Chain Gun concludes Colder with a long intro where the breathes of souls in perdition are leaking away on a sequence which raises a funeral march more accentuated than the one on Sister Moon. A march where synths expire breathes of ice before those heavy sequences which shear this stride tear the evolution of Chain Gun which is hiding beneath breathes of fire and a splendid fluty mellotron, dividing even more the rhythm which will be reborn under a charming melody sung by an oniric mellotron. A chant that persists in returning its melody in spite of the metallic darkness, caustic lacerations and demented shouts of synths which are vanishing in a march accompanied now with a fluty synth.
With all this complexity as well as in structures as in rhythms, Colder is monumental! It’s an outstanding album where Redshift’s strike force is ennobled by these sweet melodies that are dragging elsewhere. Rarely did I hear such heavy and powerful album and where haunting and spectral musical structures can loosen so much romanticism. The sound fauna that hides in Colder is absolutely delirious. Every corner of this dark and booming album hides its musical wealth behind a pleiad of tones as creative as unsuspected. By far it’s the most accomplished and complete Redshift album who finally tamed his style to spread it with all the nobility that it requires.
DISTANT SUN PRODUCTIONS: DS012
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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