lundi 26 septembre 2011

JEROME FROESE: Neptunes (2005)

1 Radio Pluto (7:30)
2 Friendship 7 (10:35)
3 The Fade from Death to Afterlife (4:32)
4 My Reality At 52 Degrees of Latitude (5:47)
5 Sky Girls (6:29)
6 Decoding With Celine (10:12)
7 Through the Moving Light (5:21)
8 A Room In The House Closed To The Public (6:33)
9 C8 H10 N4 O2 (Re-stirred 2005) (7:34)
10 The Murder Mystery Dinner Train (6:56)
11 At Marianas Trench (5:17)
12 40 Sublunary Seconds (0:40)

WoW! There is some juice and power on Neptunes. An opus that I found rough and very rock but in the end and after several attempts, that I adored. It turns in loops in my car! It needs to understand that I am not really a fan anymore of heavy rhythms which undo floors, but if we compare this work of Jerome to 220 volts (remember how that shook fans of the Dream?); we discover all the charm of Neptunes. Except that this first solo album of JF is full of nuances. The heavy rhythms are in the heart of good ambiances with a good dosage of sequences, keyboard keys and synth layers or pads, but also good percussions and especially a guitar by moments ambient, harmonious and very heavy. The sleeve notes state that Neptunes was mainly builds around guitars. It’s heavy electronic rock that Jerome calls Guitartronica. Yes there are a lot of guitars and big ones, filled of incisive solos and powerful riffs. In fact, Neptunes gathers all the ingredients to please as much the fans of EM as electronic rock.
The first 2 tracks on Neptunes ("Radio Pluto" et "Friendship 7") are also on Radio Pluto. Two tracks to ambivalent structures where rhythms are next to more ethereal approaches (see Radio Pluto review). "The Fade from Death to Afterlife" moderates the ambiances and shows that Jerome also feels at ease with ambient tracks. It’s a very beautiful piece of music where a sparkling synth shimmers its twinkling chords which are surrounded by nice sound effects and a suave angelic voice. A very beautiful floating track as At Marianas Trench" and its guitar chords replace the angels’ voice and "40 Sublunary Seconds" which concludes of a brilliant way the 1rst opus solo of Jerome. After a rather floating intro, where a variety of chords and tones skip on a linear structure embraced by brief guitar solos "My Reality at 52 Degrees of Latitude" wakes up to rhythm with heavy resonant pulsations. Following a fiery guitar solo, which floats on this hesitating intro, the rhythm plunges into an abyssal heaviness with solid percussions and almighty twisted solos coming from a furious guitar. A heavy and powerful rhythm sculptured in a stunning bass and superb orchestral arrangements skimmed through a highly charged guitar which throws superb heart-rending and shrill solos. Definitively one of the good tracks on Neptunes, quite as "To Public Room in the House Closed to the Public" which presents a little more balanced passages, fed by big riffs. A somber wave of a foggy synth and chords of a dreamy guitar open "Sky Girls". Keyboard keys zigzag and accompany the guitar, whereas the synth mist is decorated with angelic choirs and crushed by riffs of a floating guitar. Slowly, "Sky Girls" goes towards a soft techno rock, a little as Radio Pluto, with a rhythmic which waves on nervous percussions and good guitar solos. A brief rhythmical passage which calms down with chords waving on an ascending curve, skimmed through by melancholic solos.
"Decoding With Celine" is another track which plunges us into TD era, like a sort of 220 Volts, with a good sequential movement which skips on a slender and rippling on a clouded line synth. The percussions start an awakening of the rhythm which is fastly joined by melodious chords of a sober guitar and a synth to plaintive solos. Always nervous, the rhythm reaches a breaking point where more floating ambiances and synth layers skimmed through percussions always so lively. And the rhythm starts again with chords which cavort and are harpooned by furious guitar solos, feeding the ambivalence of "Decoding with Celine" rhythms. Chords of an acoustic guitar a bit metallic open the very beautiful "Through the Moving Light". Percussions tumble to hammer a frank and curt rhythm, while a piano and a guitar throw beautiful chords and melodious solos on a slow and heavy rhythm. It’s a nice rhythm and a great melody, a kind of electronic Beatles song, where the melodious approach is subdivided by several instruments but it’s the guitar which prevails with beautiful chords, ethereal and dreamy coats layers as well as beautiful solos which unhook soul sighs. "C8H10N4O2
(Re-stirred 2005)" is slightly modified on Neptunes where it takes a nice techno rock tangent, which interrupt a rather ambient structure. "The Murder Mystery Dinner Train" plunges us back into ambivalent structures where the powerful rhythm is interrupted by more quiet passages. Furious and heavy rhythms, hammered by good percussions and bass/ guitars riffs as well as heavy incisive solos which tear the rhythmic canvas.
As much Neptunes is heavy, as much it’s melodious, divided and torn between ethereal passages, cosmic ambiances, nice melodies and heavy, brutal guitar riffs which bang on great solos. I was astonished by the power of Neptunes and its harmonious and ambient inserts. But I was especially amazed to observe his importance in the rhythmic approaches of the Dream. Alone freed from the yoke of Tangerine Dream who, at that time, tried to conquer 2 publics, Jerome feels at ease as much with guitars as synths and ambiances than rhythms. In fact, I wonder why the Dream didn’t borrow this way where the ethereal crosses marvellously heavy and unpredictable rhythms which abound on this sonny Froese's first solo opus. Neptunes is a solid opus which will know how to conquer you … It’s what arrived to me, after some years to make me pull the ear.


Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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