jeudi 29 décembre 2011

MAZMONETH: Music by Mirrors (2011)

''Music by Mirrors is another nice find from DiN label''

1 The Vital Spark 2:53 
2 Oil on Water 5:36 
3 Diablo 7:44
4 Spooks 6:02
5 Smoke and Mirrors 5:20
6 De Molay 5:46
7 Kali's Day Off 6:49
8 Perfect Absolution 7:07
9 In Vitro 5:10
10 End Game 6:31

DiN 38

What a very nice surprise from DiN label! Mazmoneth is formed by Nigel Mullaney, whom we know for his collaboration with Ian Boddy in Dub Atomica, and Ray Sherwin, an accomplish musician who has played with Hawkwind and Ultravox’s Billy Curie. This duet to very eclectic musical tendencies concocted us another small musical marvel where ambient musical landscapes pour out their emotive amplitudes towards rhythms in constants evolutions. Delicious and decorated with a sound fauna as much hallucinating as diversified, Music by Mirrors navigates on suave and lascivious down-tempos which shift appearances with free jazz and groovy styles within moods as supernatural as ethereal.
"The Vital Spark" debauches Music by Mirrors with a heavy ambient approach. Strata of synth and guitars wind and float in long iridescent curls, diluting their heavinesses in the crystal clear sequential movement which opens "Oil on Water". Such as a Goblins’ dance, crystalline arpeggios are skipping and sparkle in a delicious ethereal spiral, waiting for the fine bites of a delicate bass line and caressing at passage some soft flute layers. Percussions fall at mid-point. They shape a smooth down-tempo where the whole thing flows as in a lascivious dance of time. These short structures in stunning permutation abound in Music by Mirrors. And "Diablo" is a perfect example. After a short intro with sonorities as intriguing as mesmerizing other limpid chords flutter underneath the echoes of abstruse percussions. The ambiance is splendid. Between ambient and down-tempo, the rhythm scrolls against the stream in an odd metallic approach where the percussions prevail of their scathing strikings and the chthonian winds blow on gleaming mirror keys which tergiversate between the strikings and the ambiances. It’s very good and it hooks your hearing for sure. There is a link to watch a video at the end of this review. Be sure to watch it. It's awesome! "Spooks" continues the stunning musical journey of Music by Mirrors with an intro which embraces the Amerindian tribal breaths before bifurcate towards a suave jazzy down-tempo. The flute of the First Nations weaves a surreal cerebral approach on a divided tempo of which groovy and free jazz aromas are quarrelling the scattered ethereal moods. The waltz of the split melodies continues with "Smoke and Mirrors" which offers a superb cinematographic ambiance.
"De Molay" is another powerful title. After a superb atmospheric intro, where synth and guitar strata ululate on the pulsations of a bass line, the heavy and iridescent rhythm of "De Molay" shakes its threatening ambiance to embrace a soft phase imprinted by melancholy. Rhythms and atmospheres are trading the lead, plunging "De Molay" (as many other titles as well) in a bipolar musical phase where glaucous atmospheres flirt with lascivious rhythms. Stick on the finale of "De Molay" finale, "Kali’s Day Off" flirts with the metallic guitars strata to take shelter in a strange and soft melodious approach where silvery tones cogitate on rhythms in progression. Rhythms which become blurred little by little, getting astray in the multi dimensionality of the wandering ambiances and its vaporous strata to reborn in a fusion of metal on harmonies. "Perfect Absolution" offers a beautiful rhythmic duality with an uncertain and quivering approach where riffs of guitar ride percussions a bit jazzy and encircle fine melodious sequences. Rhythms imprecise and in constant movements charm our ears, here and in "In Vitro" which sways between its flexible tempo and its crossbreed ambiance in a universe stuffed of synthetic cracklings with percussions to tones of an anvil coated in a cotton wool of free jazz style which tear away the skins of drums. "End Game" concludes Music by Mirrors with a more accessible melodious envelope and rhythmic structure where a lively beat, somehow jerky, pounds in an erratic way on a long silky structure. Some fine glass arpeggios float and sparkle in a soft ambiance of free jazz, ending "End Game" and Music by Mirrors with this audacious mixture of the genres and rhythms which made the delights of this great find which is this first opus offers to us by Nigel Mullaney and Ray Sherwin.

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream: http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=14806

* If you want to know more about Mazmoneth  and hear music snippets, there is this link from DiN:http://www.din.org.uk/din/node/409
* Here is Mazmoneth website, where you can also watch a video of Perfect Absolution:
http://www.mazmoneth.com/
* You can also watch a video of Diablo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu9W0FQ5dAw

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