mercredi 28 septembre 2011

JEROME FROESE: Nightshade Family (2011)

“Is Nightshade Family worth it if we already have Neptunes? I think so”
1 Intro 2:25
2 Radio Pluto 7:44
3 Decoding with Celine 8:22
4 Through the Moving Light 5:10
5 The Fade from Death to Afterlife 4:33
6 The Murder Mystery Dinner Train 7:14
7 Friendship 7 10:20
8 Microchannel Surfing (Excerpt) 1:48
9 A Room in the House
Closed to the Public 6:15
10 40 Sublunary Seconds :33
11 My Reality at 52 Degrees of Latitude 6:00
12 At Marianas Trench 5:36
13 Sky Girls

Moonpop | CD-754 (CD 73:00) ****
According to the press info, the pressures were strong so that Jerome digs his archives to put on the market a live album. Recorded between August 2005 and October 2006, during his performances at the Big Chill Festival of Eastnor, the Water Rats Theatre in London and in Berlin’s Radio Eins Show, “Nightshade Family” is witnessing Jerome Froese's performances linked to his 1st solo album Neptunes, released in October 2005. Alone on stage, Jerome is a real one-man band by manipulating synths and guitars on a bottom of programming. He unfolds Neptunes with a different track order and with a little more accentuated heaviness, in an ambiance which reminds me a bit of 220 Volts because of the tracks linking and highly charged passages but which also preserves all its melodious depth. The album is build over 13 tracks and 73 minutes. Only "C8H10N4O2 (Re-stirred on 2005)" is absent and replaced by a short extract of "Microchannel Surfing". For the rest, everything is almost identical to Neptunes. Maybe too even!
A bit neurotic voice calls us on the future of our universe. A voice of solitary preacher which fades out with the appearance of a synth wave stuffed with spectral winds. And "Radio Pluto" goes out of limbos in the same way as on Neptunes. All the introductory structure; spectral breaths and angelic voice on good sound effects, "Radio Pluto" scrolls with the same speed and enchantment. Whereas the rhythmic structure is absolutely identical; sound fauna, synth winds, percussions, cymbals tsitt-tsitt, everything is there. And it's what annoys a bit. The occasion was ideal to give more mordant to Neptunes, although there is some enough, by inserting more of riffs and solos. But no, there are really no significant changes between “Nightshade Family” and Neptunes, which restarts the debate to be known if it’s not a skilful studio editing rather than a real album in concert. Let’s be honest! Jerome is alone to perform the whole Neptunes and it’s stated in the press info that there are no overdubs or crowd noises. If we make the exercise to compare tracks between both albums one notices that everything arrives about in same time; rhythms, sound effects, riffs, percussions, etc... In fact, only the addition of bridges between tracks (“Nightshade Family” goes on 1 long track while Neptunes is a 12 tracks album) can create a certain diversions and let believe that Neptunes does soundlift, quite as the phrases that we hear here and there. And these bridges are very rich. They add some heaviness and a beautiful depth to the original work. Jerome also did some pruning by cutting in the time of certain tracks to shorten certain ambient structures and moved them into intros and outros on Nightshade Family’s other tracks. So we have the feeling that everything is more powerful and compact than on the original work. But it doesn’t matter! Whether it’s a live album, without crowd ambiances, or a studio editing “Nightshade Family” is as good as Neptunes. And, as it’s well stated in the guide of press, it’s the ideal companion as well as a complement to Neptunes. It has a more futuristic touch, with voices added here and there, while keeping intact this superb mixture ambiance, ballad and power that is Neptunes.
Is “Nightshade Family” worth it if we already have Neptunes? I think so. The linking of tracks, which are played in a different order, as well as the pruning of some tracks and the addition of bridges give quite another facet to this live version of Neptunes. And tracks such as"Radio Pluto", "Through the Moving Light", "The Murder Mystery Dinner Train", "My Reality at 52 Degrees Of Latitude" and "Sky Girls" seems to me different, presentrd in this order and with these light modifications, demonstrating all the impact of Neptunes.

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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