lundi 12 décembre 2011

RON BOOTS: Boundary Tales (2009)

''Boundary Tales is the kind of album which contains leftovers of musical ideas forgotten in time'' 

1 Die Geschichte 5:21 
2 Tranquil 6:36 
3 Look up to the Sky 5:48 
4 Probes and Shuttles 6:31 
5 A Clear View 6:53 
6 Tarnished Drops 11:50
7 Serenity 7:26 
8 Do we Believe? 6:30
9 The Story 5:25

In complement to Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight , Ron Boots offers to his fans a 400 limited edition pressed CD of his musical reflections about concerts he gave in different planetariums over the last 7 years. Boundary Tales is very near Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight but with a more personal touch where the rhythm goes alongside to long atmospheric passages sometimes poetic, sometimes atonal.
The album opens with ''Die Geschichte'', a replica in German of The Story that we find on Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight. Poetic, ''Tranquil'' is a musical sweetness which bathes in a galactic aurora borealis where cosmic waves cover a twinkling atonal luminosity. It’s a contrast of tranquillity compared with the boiling ''Look up to the Sky'' and its funky jazz rhythm where tones of trumpets sing in a techno approach. It’s a title which remind me of Mind Over Matter's crazy tribal festivities with clan percussions and ethereal voices which flow with a zombie insistence. The rhythm is heavy and leans on a resonant bass that a synth encircles of hopping and stroboscopic arpeggios. It’s a striking and surprising title coming from Boots’ repertoire. ''Probes and Shuttles'' is a slow spatial journey where the ambiances inherent to the operations of space shuttles or to NASA operation rooms prevail on a very ambient and cosmic movement. ''  Clear View'' is very representative of its naming with its crystalline chords which skip such as notes of a galactic xylophone on a soft synth of which slow orchestral oscillations take a moving tangent. It’s soft, warm and very inspired. Ron Boots brings us where he wants. A suave fluty synth opens the atmospheric passage of ''Tarnished Drops''. A fine sequence slowly comes out of this morphic movement, drawing heavy oscillations which pound with strength before plunging into a beautiful rhythmic fusion from synth and sequencer. Fine notes flutter in this somber sound mass from where a soft synth breath leaks out. Slowly the synth wraps the sequential stream which keeps the same rhythmic frenzy, moulding grinding a more crystalline movement where arpeggios skip in a sound whirlwind filled with heavy undulations. It’s a deep title which suits marvellously the universe of Ron Boots in planetariums. As its title indicates, ''Serenity'' is of an astral tranquillity with its soft notes which hesitate to clear themselves a passage among this long corridor dotted with galactic tones. ''Do We Believe ?'' begins with fine synth loops which wave in a fine serpentine echo. An echo which draws a light hiccupping movement before falling under an avalanche of percussions with untimely rolling, forging a fascinating symphonic anarchy where chaos is pierced from everywhere by a synth to echoing keys and twisted solos. ''The Story'' concludes Bondary Tales with a music shape in minimalism loops which run in a sound universe slightly livened up by heavy pulsations which beat in a twinkling sound decor. In fact it’s the same music as in The Story from Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight, but without words.

Boundary Tales is the kind of album which contains the leftovers of musical ideas forgotten in time. Without having the impact of his older brother (Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight), the music is all the same rather more floating and cosmic. But it contains some nice titles which illustrate very well the direction of structures and melodies which lead Ron Boots' creativity. It should easily please to Ron fans.
Sylvain Lupari (2009)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream

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