mardi 15 novembre 2011


''Interloper is a masterpiece which makes the bridge between Electronica and EM...''
1 Interloper 6:00
2 Right Where It Ends 6:49
3 Central Plain 7:12
4 Supersede 8:00
5 Init 7:27
6 Euphotic 7:18
7 Frog 7:20
8 M :28
9 20 Minutes 7:26
10 Polyrytmi 8:44


There are albums which mark time and revive delicious souvenirs of a misty youth, Interloper is one of those. It had been a long time since I heard about this Swedish duet. One praised me a rich ambient music where the mesmerizing and lascivious rhythms were sprinkled with a somber spectral atmosphere and with a rich sound fauna stuffed with inviting paradoxes. And it's true! Carbon Based Lifeforms’ Interloper had a bomb effect, in the same way as Free System Project’s Impluse. It’s a truly masterpiece which passed unnoticed in the spheres of EM, but not in the shady world of Electronica. And nevertheless the music of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad navigates with ease between both styles, dropping out in the passage some superb melodies and ambiances as angelic as devilish which are wrapped with a strange radioactive aura.
Stood firm in an enchanting rotating structure, "Interloper" plunges us into the anthetic atmospheres of the Swedish duet 3rd opus. Fine arpeggios dance there. Such as Elfic dragonflies they flutter and flit about, their wings colliding on a syncopated sequential draws and iridescent spectral streaks to form a dark psychotic musical carousel zigzag around hesitating riffs. Percussions fall and their curt strikes allied to muffled pulsations of a bass line, feeding a suave down-tempo which folds the spine beneath superb glaucous and attractive musical effects. Between a sedentary rhythm and a nomad atmosphere, "Interloper" is flooded by a fine mixture of unreal vocals and metallic streaks. These are sound elements which are at the doors of a paranormal delirium and which are legions on Interloper. Here on the title track they crisscross this lascivious temporal dance where iridescent laments and evanescent harmonies float between the cerebral and the sensual. "Right Where It Ends" moves on immediately and skips on the quite fresh rhythmic imprints of "Interloper", but with a heavier tempo. The beat is hammered by more massive and compact percussions while the bass throws notes which gallop in rotary circles, forming a heavy down-tempo of which wide oscillatory loops step over radioactive clouds of syncretic tones. The parallel universe of "Right Where It Ends" floods our ears of an impressive sound cocktail where metallic hoops, streaked and prismatic reverberations collide and merge around veiled whispers reciting forbidden psalms. "Central Plain" throws a musical canvas stuffed with a sequential bed from which chords free of any synchronism wave with a furious apocalyptic fervour. The rhythm evasive, arpeggios follow each other in a strange frenzied pattern. They team up with rattler effects and solid percussions to lead towards a lively wave-like rhythm, divided up by a jerky approach where lie a fluid voice and its ethereal laments. If its intro is rather ambient with sinuous and mysterious reverberations, "Supersede" offers a wonderful melody which is outlined insidiously in its astral waves. A melody forged in a wonderful synthesized refrain which is takes root shyly and which releases itself from the weight of its percussions to burst freely into the 2nd portion. It’s a catchy track of which the monotonous chant haunts constantly and even much later after having savoured all of its hidden recesses. "Init" plunges us into Carbon Based Lifeforms' ambient spheres. The intro stuffs oneself with white noises and uranium cracklings, whereas an innocent reedy voice is piercing the waves. This is a slow title filled with hesitating arpeggios of glasses which modulate fragments of a melody refusing to shout its life. Slowly the tempo takes a vague ambient shape under the implosions of a bass line which baste its ramifications around oscillations of a synth with sinuous black winds. The percussions may fall; they only move ashes and souvenirs of a formerly fertile universe. They shape a slow rhythm and wake an outfit of sound effects which move these some fragments of melodies, roaming such as poltergeists on a dry earth where sadnesses and dusts of lives are cementing in spectres of machines. It’s as much beautiful as it can be dark! And it is immensely beautiful.
"Euphotic" follows the ochred winds of "Init". Muffled oscillations emerge from this nothingness of lead tones and forge a mesmerizing lascivious movement which rushes into silencers celestial breaths of an astral nymph voice. Interloper becomes dark and ambient, looking for its melodies and rhythms among its iodized breaths, what allows "Frog" with its tones of xylophone which sparkle and create a melody suspended between rhythm and lifelessness, between pleasure and agony. An unfinished melody where iridescent strata tear atmospheres and spin in a strange crystal ballet, like a rhythm absolved of forms but decorated with a superb fusion of voices and silvered laments which spark such as diamonds in the lyrical dusts of its intro. Sublime "M" pushes us even more into the dark atmospheres and dark rhythms of Interloper. If the intro floats in an acoustic oblivion, the tempo wakes up and rebels from its lifelessness with strikings of percussions which resound and shake this temple of ambient anarchy, pushing "M" towards a powerful dramatic crescendo. And Carbon Based Lifeforms doesn’t stop to amaze. While we thought that we reach the zenith, "20 minutes" gets into our ears of a superb meditative approach. Out of its cosmic intro, we feel a melodious line forming. It pierces dense cerebral breezes and waves pleasantly, freeing fragmented chords which converge quietly on a melody which shines and bursts on a heavy and slow tempo, stuffed with harmonious winds and breaths as well as melodious notes. It’s a great title which will accompany me for several sleeps and beyond. "Polyrytmi" concludes this amazing musical odyssey with a livelier track. It’s a cheerful title where the synth breaths are put into verse with fluty melodies of mythical centaurs and the rhythm prostrates itself behind a beautiful polyrhythmic approach which recalls the thoughtful sequences of Steve Roach's universe. This last title of Interloper progresses with a wonderful crescendo where percussions and synths converge on a slow and heavy rhythm which is knocked down by gigantic synth billows.
I was knocked out by Carbon Based Lifeforms’ Interloper. It is the sublime work which makes the bridge between Electronica and EM such as fans of Berlin School and progressive ambient define it. Atmospheres are torrid and dramatic, sound effects exceed the most creative imaginations and suave down-tempo rhythms draw exotic landscapes on backgrounds of a land abandoned and ravaged by nuclear breaths. It’s a powerful album where rhythms and atmospheres forge a unique character to a music forged in a nuclear shelter. It’s a somber music which always lets filter radiant lights of clarity, according to the needs and hopes of souls thirsty for life.

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
*If you want to know more about Carbon Based Lifeforms, you can visit their Website here:
* You can watch 2 very nices videos from this album on these You Tube links:

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