1 Bahnhof Zoo (Rene Splinter) 4:29
2 Shadows of Ignorance (Remy) 16:34
3 Ataraxia 1 (Erik Wollo) 7:33
4 Ataraxia 2 (Erik Wollo) 7:38
5 Tunnel Vision (Rene Splinter) 9:13
6 E-Day live 1 (Harald Grosskopf &Sunya Beat) 9:13
7 E-Day live 2 (Harald Grosskopf &Sunya Beat) 9:14
8 E-Day live 3 (Harald Grosskopf &Sunya Beat) 6:36
9 Lemniscate Live (Rene Splinter) |8:12
A spring event very appreciated by EM fans of the grand region of Eindhoven in the Netherlands the E-Day festival, quite as the E-Live festival, also attracts hundreds of spectators from all around the world. E-Day 2011 was on its 6th edition and presented performances by René Splinter, Remy, Erik Wollo and Harald Grosskopf. Once again the organizers, Kees Aerts and Ron Boots, succeeded in presenting a festival high in tones where Berlin School goes alongside more progressive and more atmospheric music, while reminiscences of Tangerine Dream of the 80’s were also very present. And, as every year, Groove label produces a CD which wants to be a souvenir and an excellent window while being a complement to this festival where each artist offers unreleased music. It’s a nice collector's item for these fans of the artists performing on this festival and for those who want to discover them.
If you are a Tangerine Dream fan, mostly the Schmoelling years, René Splinter will know how to get your interest. "Bahnhof Zoo" is a superb track pulled out of the Exit and Thief years with a strong rhythmic influence of Kiev Mission. All that you will hear from this track will return you unmistakably in the core of this period. With its metallic chords, felted pulsations à Le Parc and its sequences which undulate such as a metallic snake skeleton, "Tunnel Vision" bathes in the ambiances of Le Parc and White Eagle, before criss-crossing a pulsating hypnotic rhythm, propelling by furious electronic percussions and surrounding of a magnetic sequential movement. Very fine and chiselled as whistles, solos hum on this structure to musical elements which are so near TD that we would believe to listen to unedited material of the Dream. The intro of "Lemniscate Live" always soaks into these TD atmospheres, except that the track elaborates a nicer melodious approach with synths to pleasant winds and metallic pads which stay in suspension on a structure filled of nervous flickering. A pulsation emerges out of it and beats stealthily an uncertain pace while a good sequential movement hiccups a circular rhythm to plunge "Lemniscate Live" into a rhythmic incoherence where the tempo will permute constantly into ambiances and solos always very near the roots of TD of the 80’s. Chords with dark pulsatory tones zigzag among percussions which shape weak thunders under a fine mellotron mist. Following the shape of Schulze’s work, Remy’s "Shadows of Ignorance" evolves with a delicate rhythm beneath fine synth solos to spectral night-wanderings. Solos which chisel nervously an evolutionary rhythm, even a bit groovy, which becomes incisive when the percussions fall for the first time at around 6th minutes. Then the tempo of "Shadows of Ignorance" will permute constantly, going from ambient phases to infernal rhythmic hammered by furious percussions, harpooned by mordant bass notes and fly over by superb solos of synths both spectral and piercing which let filter fine mellotron mists. It’s true that I’m a diehard fan of Remy whom I consider as being a Klaus Schulze’s equivalence, but I adored this great track which shows off all of his musical complexity on rhythms in constants permutations surrounded by striking synth solos. Those who still don’t know this brilliant synthesist and writer; it’s high time to put you to him.
Nervous riffs to jerky swaying hips dancing on tribal style percussions open "Ataraxia 1" which fine guitar layers wrap with a morphic membrane. A little as in his collaborations with Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo weaves strange and nice melodies, a bit tribal, on staccato rhythms where guitar riffs support solos which are melting to floating envelopes of synth layers. Very nice guitar solos fly over spasmodic riffs of "Ataraxia 1", creating a strange fusion between a hatched rhythmic structure and an ethereal ambiance. More melodious, "Ataraxia 2" proposes a more delicate rhythmic approach where solos of a spectral guitar hang over a rhythm livened up by riffs which unfold in loops, embracing even a bit a rock approach. One of E-Day 2011 highlights is the presence of Harald Grosskopf and his group Sunya Beat who presents a rather particular music style where cosmic rock embraces Krautrock. "E-Day Live 1" begins with heterogeneous tones encircled by oblong layers of a guitar which undulate with listlessness, whereas a bass shapes a slow and sensual tempo, accompanied by docile cymbals. Guitar laments turn into shouts where riffs and brief solos make strange syncretic chants on a languishing tempo which increases with the arrival of hammering percussions. And "E-Day Live 1" continues its progression on a rhythm always heavier where the guitar sculptures stunning tones and good solos which roll in loops on a pace pounded by more aggressive percussions. "E-Day live 2" starts with a dazzling guitar solo which seizes the audience while Harald Grosskopf grabs his cymbals and Tablas percussions to create a bewitching rhythm of a weird cosmic tribe. After a short atmospheric passage, the tempo returns with more strength to draw an approach a bit technoïd, (à la Ashra on Sauce Hollandaise) with wild percussions which strike in an eclectic atmosphere where the electronic style, with his shrill synth solos, embraces a cosmic rock fed by very nice and floating guitar solos. Notes of e-piano resound in the silence to awake the disjointed rhythm coming from the unbridled percussions of "E-Day Live 3". A bass with free jazz notes seconds this structure filled of composite tones which is very near the progressive roots of Ashra, especially because of these enchanting guitar solos. Solos floating constantly around a jerky rhythm where ethereal choirs daydream on a structure became more and more chaotic but which protects all the same its melodious approach with its piano notes which come and go in a strong musical tumult. Percussions, as acoustic as electronic, become unchained and Harald Grosskopf is offering to himself a furious solo, feeding the spasmodic and hatched rhythm of "E-Day Live 3" which quietly joins its point of origin.
For a compilation of unreleased tracks, E-Day 2011 is simply delightful. Once again Groove NL is not afraid of exploiting various musical styles in one festival, transposing its recipe on a CD which really has no weaknesses. There is for all tastes on this compilation which, in my opinion, is the best of E-Day and E-Live to date.
GROOVE NL :GR-178
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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