samedi 19 novembre 2011

DAVID WRIGHT: Reflections (1989)

''Reflections shows the great versatility of David Wright...''

1 Don't Look Back 4:18
2 Romance 10:14
3 January '89 5:13
4 Song for 'Tricia 5:12
5 Abintra (A love Song) 4:53
6 Seashores 17:48
7 Reflections 2:33


David Wright is the man behind AD Music, groups such as Indigo Code and Callisto as well as collaborator to well-known EM artists such as Robert Fox, Ian Boddy and Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock. Synonymous names of high quality EM where melodies prevail on structures as progressive as cosmic and on orchestral arrangements worthy of Vangelis’ great works. It’s to Klaus D. Mueller, current manager of Klaus Schulze and former of Manuel Gottsching, that we owe the discovery and David Wright's hatching. In 1989 the England composer and synthesist produced his first cassette, Reflections whom he sent to Mueller. Impressed, Mueller undertakes to distribute it via the new label POEM. He said this about Reflections: Of all the many demos I have received, this was the only one I liked and still like. It has soul and emotion of the same kind as most of Klaus Schulze's work . POEM will distribute the works of Wright until 1994. In 2001 AD Music gave a second breath to Reflections with a digitally remastered edition from first generation cassette. Reflections is available now on downloadable format on AD Music site.
A good bass line espouses a jerky rhythm and "Don’t Look Back" opens Reflections with strength, accompanied by a good drum which hammers a powerful tempo. The atmosphere is boosted and skimmed through by a synth which whistles an intense melodious line. It’s a dynamic title which certainly influenced Christian Richet on his opus Overture. After this heavy sequenced ride, "Romance" transports us towards David Wright's romantic territories. It’s a long atmospheric title slightly tinted with a New Age approach where hesitating arpeggios float in a wrapping mellotron mist. After an intro marked by uncertainty, the notes flow with the fine musical imprint of a fanciful harp among the soft breaths of a harmonica and angelic choirs lost in desertic mists. It’s very beautiful and very moving and that can only inspire dreams. After a misty intro "January ' 89" leads in a static rhythm built on jerky hammerings. All in contrast, the rhythm pounded by sequences and percussions impromptu is besieged by fragments of melodies to Asian tendencies. Puzzling and powerful, it’s like hearing Phil Collins burst out on opposite atmospheres. "Song for 'Tricia" is a nice electronic ballad with a zest of synth pop. The synth is in panpipes mode and is walking with harmony on good strikings of percussions, structuring a lively tempo, and good synth pads which exploits stringed instruments. "Abintra (A love Song)" is another beautiful ballad, less livened up than "Song for 'Tricia" with tones of guitar in the limits of a Mexican gallantry which serenade under a synth to breaths of fluty mists. "Seashores" is another long atmospheric river with notes of guitars that have aromas of a harp floating in an ambient universe fill by tones of waves and foam of the sea. The synth is soft and orchestral with its celestial choruses which doubtless inspired Raphael on the attractive Music to Disappear in. "Reflections" encloses this first effort of David Wright with a lullaby that has the same atmospheric softness as we find on "Seashores".
It’s interesting to hear this David Wright's first work. It shows the great versatility of David Wright who seem to be seeking for his musical identity among those different orientations that we found on Reflections. An opus which contains some jewels of ingenuity and tenderness and which is completely just like David Wright's impressive career; melodious, romantic, dreamy and aggressive by moments, but above all it’s an album finely composed and transposed into the art of EM with a great deal of tenderness, passion and sensitivity.

Sylvain Lupari (2006)
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