vendredi 23 décembre 2011

ALLUSTE: Digital Age (2011)

''Digital Age is the meeting point between Baffo Banfi, Software, Klangwelt and Tangerine Dream''

Digital I 5:32
Digital II 7:26
Digital III 8:12
Digital IV 8:31
Digital V 6:55
Digital VI 8:44
Digital VII 5:37
Digital VIII 9:50
Digital XI 7:59
Digital X 8:16

Here is the 2nd opus from the Italian synth man Alluste. After an absence of more than 3 years Alluste presents us an album entirely made from synth softwares and plug-ins. The result is an album which embraces the cosmic rhythms of Software on sequenced élans that will make the fans of Tangerine Dream smile. A little as its title indicates, Digital Age is a beautiful incursion in the digital world where melodies can sometimes be dressed into warm appearances.
A synth pushes charming cooings on the opening of "Digital I", introducing fine acuteness melodies which contort in the nest of delicate crystalline arpeggios. These sequenced arpeggios spin of an uncertain approach, floating inside a mixture of twisted waves and metallic mist to lean on a heavy sequence which gallops towards a vertical movement. Between the synthetic and cosmic universe of Software and Tangerine Dream's heavy rhythms and sequences, Digital Age proposes a series of 10 titles where ambiences and tempos merge in beautiful morphic phases. I think in particular of "Digital III" and its rhythm which hiccups sneakily, increasing a bit a pace hushed by a smooth lunar synth, to "Digital IV", "Digital VI" and "Digital IX" which are rocking slowly in the shade of a threatening sequenced progression. "Digital II" is a small pearl which reminds me the oniric universe of Spheric Music’s
Dreams of My Space. It’s soft, a bit sad and very romantic with the sustained synth breaths which drag in a cosmic mist and its delicate glass arpeggios which increase slowly on a vertical structure. This carousel of sequences might spin all around this static movement that it doesn’t mask at any moments its poetic depth. It’s very good and it’s heading straight away to my IPod to adorn my night of sleeps.
"Digital V" is doubtless the most musical and most poetic piece on this Alluste 2nd work. The whole thing starts with threatening hoops which float in a cosmos from where are escaping brief fragments of an unfinished melody. Carillons sparkle. Pushed by absent winds they go towards a solitary piano which accompanies the contemplative breaths of a poetic synth, creating a superb lunar melody which swells out harmonies with a great gradation orchestrated by a powerful bass line and a progressive sequential movement. And "Digital V" overturns into a heavy and circular rhythm with good nervous sequences which crisscross its lines in a curious rhythmic ballet. It’s very good and quite impressive for an album made from a PC. After a slow morphic intro "Digital VII" is rising itself by a great sequenced approach which pounds in the shade of nice lunar pads. The movement is displaying with a powerful loudness to end in a finale which is not without recalling Tangerine Dream and its brilliant Silver Scale. The same pattern is outlined on "Digital VIII", by far the best title on Digital Age, with a more mordant sequential movement. A movement which pulses heavily and whose hypnotic strikings beat over an iridescent cloud to face another movement built on a circular gallop and sharpness solos. It’s very good and especially very heavy. "Digital X" offers a variation on the same theme with a sequential approach which appears out of a dense cosmic cloud to offer one bewitching movement of chisel. Sequences which are crisscrossing in a beautiful melodious approach and which are going to feed themselves in the nest of heavier and more incisive sequences which lead this hypnotic circular movement towards the borders of the space.
A little as 
Gustavo Jobim, Alluste makes his compositions at home with his digital equipments. And as Gustavo Jobim, the synthesist demonstrates an excellent potential at the level of the writing and the melodious approaches. Digital Age is the meeting point between Baffo Banfi and his jerky rhythmic approaches, Software and their cosmic atmosphere which wraps rhythms and sequences, Tangerine Dream and its powerful sequence rides as well as Klangwelt for the melodious approaches. All in all, we have to admit that’s an interesting musical cocktail where only misses a zest of experiment at the level of mastering with the fine touch of a Ron Boots or Robert Schroeder to give nobility to a very beautiful effort which shows very good perspective.

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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