jeudi 8 décembre 2011

RON BOOTS: Derby! (2009)

''Derby! is an inescapable and a kind of greatest hits with a new shaped music''

1 A Half Hour of the Wolf 10:44
2 Howling Whispers 11:00
3 Giants in the Derby Sky 7:25
4 Reattachment of Worldly Affairs 9:02
5 Acoustic Shadows 6:30
6 Canyon 7:30
7 Battle of the Somme 10:02
8 A Storm in the Guildhall 8:34
9 Tainted Bare Skin at the International 7:56

Groove | GR-165
 A Ron Boots' concert is always a high quality music event. This live CD was recorded at the 2009 AD Music festival in Derby, UK and will please fans of space and progressive rock. The Dutch synthesist Ron Boots knows how to surround him with very good musicians, of whom his inseparable friend and drummer Harold van der Heijden strikes his drumkit's skins with the surgical precision of a Harald Grosskopf. For this live event presented at the 2009 AD Music electronic music festival on September 5th 2009, Ron Boots had drafted the services of the German guitarist Frank Dorittke, thus adding rock, jazz and progressive depths in an already very well colored music.
Derby! starts quite slowly, with ethereal hazes which introduce ''A Half Hour of the Wolf'' from the See Beyond Times And Look Beyond Words album. A sweet vaporous intro where lost keys float while sparkling under a sky streaked with howling tearings and oscillating waves which blow its solitary harmonies of its forlorn choirs. Slowly the structure takes life under fine starry breezes which reminds of the cosmic moments of Klaus Schulze, just before it explodes under an avalanche of furious percussions and a synth lead of twisted solos, calling back even more the Schulze / Grosskopf period on Body Love. Explosive and cosmic, quite like ''Battle of the Somme'' which spins on a very similar structure, but with a more caustic rhythmic bass. ''Howling Whispers'' follows with a soft and fluty mellotronned intro which fights with undisciplined percussions. A serene opening which livens up slightly under distant riffs of a guitar which we have difficulty in guessing, while maintaining its fluty approach in a static sound universe, but rushed by heavy drum pulsations and guitar riffs that we hear clearly now. A six-string that squabbles with a synth lead in virulent solos in a cosmic sound universe where Harold van der Heijden's percussions beat constantly at an infernal pace, diving closer to the heart of progressive rock rather than cosmic, which leans on Dorittke's incisive riffs. ''Giants in the Derby Sky'' brings back rhythm in a more bluesy proportion with FD Project's excellent guitar work which produces heavy sensual solos beneath percussions punctuated by robust strikings. A superb track that has a lot of emotions and sensibility, which is also on the previous Boots CD, and which is closer to progressive music zones that electronic, quite like the jazzy and rock-ish ''A Storm in the Guildhall''.
The intro of ''Reattachment of Worldly Affairs'' hops delicately on a sweet sequence linked to a tinkled xylophone. It’s a sweet opening to make you dreamy with pulses of a heavier sequential approach where resonances mould into tsitt-tsitt cymbals, forewarning of a steadier beat with guitar and synth solos rowing the intense atmosphere which rolls up the finale. ''Acoustic Shadows'' brings a thin dramatic touch to this event with a misty intro which oscillates between the mysteries of Pink Floyd and the slow reverberations of a magnificently poetic guitar. Ron Boots' explicit narration on the nature of the acoustic shadows is broken by a magnificent synth solo which mixes its expressions of grief with Dorittke's inspired guitar, which takes advantage of the opening to dive into the jerky rhythms of ''Canyon''; a title molded in riffs and solos of a guitar as incisive as stunning. We could believe hearing some Ashra, that's how delicious and dreamlike it is. Hesitating rhythms under a synth sound like Vangelis' pads, ''Tainted Bare Skin at the International'' encloses this live capitation on a bouncy staccato sequence bitten by a dreamy guitar and a keyboard of shuddering suction pad chords. Another title in Ron Boots' catalogue which gains a new life thankfully to a good rhythmic bass, great percussion playing and a biting guitar which facilitates spinning synth surges in a conclusion which already is making us regret the ending of this concert.
Derby! is an inescapable for 2009. Sure it's a live album, a sort of  greatest hits if we may say, but an album where Ron Boots’ music takes a new shape. A new phase stimulated by FD Project's guitar which leads Boots' compositions in a more rock and progressive universe than purely electronic. Space rock at its best performed by an excellent trio of musicians. And what else is to add about Harold van der Heijden's drumming? Brilliant! He unifies his genius strikings to Ron Boots' skillful synth playing with multiple solos and melancholic layers of sequences which mould rhythmic, and is not so convenient for a drummer to equal. In brief, Derby! is an excellent album which will for sure please the fans of Ron Boots, but also the fans of space and progressive rock.

Sylvain Lupari (2009)
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