mercredi 28 septembre 2011

JEROME FROESE: Preventive Medecine (2010)

“Preventive Medicine is the work which makes the least of compromised in the unbridled rhythms of the Guitartronica”

1 Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor (Stimulant) 6:01
2 Safe and Sound (Tranquilizer) 5:01
3 Delusions of Lunacy (Tonic) 4:09
4 Stiff Dose (Cialis) 6:21

Moonpop | CD-002 (CD 21:32) ***½
Here is an EP which created a lot of controversies. Released in only 500 copies and without artwork, “Preventive Medicine” was sold at a very high price (15 Euro plus shipping). The rumbling discontent was such that Moonpop reduced the price to 13 Euro, which is rather expensive all the same for 1 EP of 20 minutes. “Preventive Medicine” is an EP which mixes quite well humour; every track is preceded by a rather funny vocal sketch, to Guitartronica and where Jerome deepens a little more his heavy structures with good riffs and solo, with good percussions and feverish chords which jump up on wild rhythms. From Funk to heavy electronic rock by passing by TD and static structures, “Preventive Medicine” will glue you on your chair, earphones smoking by the strength of rhythms.
Heavy and resonant guitar riffs kick down our eardrums before that "Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor" forks towards a supple rhythm. A little bit funky / groovy tempo, decorated by sparkling chords which glitter on a heavy bass and a good beat box. The rhythm becomes heavier, devoured by a monstrous bass line and heavy riffs of a guitar which also spits beautiful melodious notes. Unbridled, percussions hammer a heavy rhythmic without defences in front of its attacks, while "Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor" escapes in the end with a delicate melody. "Safe and Sound" is a beautiful intersidereal ballad which begins by a hypnotic phase with arpeggios falling with a symmetric hesitation. Each of them creates a pulsation which forges a long linear movement interrupted by the falling arpeggio. An intro wrapped in a beautiful veil of synth mist, while fine notes of an acoustic guitar dive into an ambient universe which wiggles little by little with nervous chords. Chords which skip and intersect, such as scissors movements, among circular percussions and an ascending line pounded by percussions to resonant tom-toms and flitting sequences. It's an enchanting static structure with a muffled and furtive rhythm where sound effects float among choirs and where keys and sequences skip with cautiousness frenzy among guitar notes rolling in loops under streaks and layers of a blend of synth and guitar. "Delusions of Lunacy" is a great track which reminds TD's years and which begins with keys turning around with fury before falling in the skins of an infernal beat box. A hatched structure which undulates such as a hyper nervous stroboscope, "Delusions of Lunacy" is bitten by wild guitar and synth solos on a rhythm became ambivalent, and which dives back into its furious rhythmic of its introduction. It’s a very good track, quite as the boiling "Stiff Dose" which dives even farther with a hyper jerky rhythm which pounds furiously on spasmodic keys and drum rolls. To rest our eardrums, "Stiff Dose" takes refuge in a more pondered passage. But it is a brief lull because the steamroller that is Guitartronica and the massive percussions tear the rhythm which finds finally asylum in the ethereal breaths of an angelic choir.
“Preventive Medicine” is the work which makes least of compromised in the unbridled rhythms of the Guitartronica. Jerome's get wild and offers us 3 powerful tracks and a strange intersidereal ballad, where wild rhythms get loose from passages more or less ambient. A very good EP, expensive I agree on it, which demonstrates the great self-confidence and the evolution of Jerome Froese.

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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