mardi 24 janvier 2012

ERIK SEIFERT: Core (2009)

"Catchy rhythms in a sci-fi ambiance here's the result of CORE, the best melodious EM of 2009"

1 LHC (Large Hedron Collider) 12:44  
2 ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) 9:16  
3 ISOLDE (Isotope On-Line Detector) 11:27  
4 AD (Antiproton Decelerator) 11:27 
5 SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron) 9:32  
6 ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) 11:37 
7 Wunderwerk (Trancer Spacey Remix) 9:25

PLEASURE SOUND MUSIC: PSCD-6469-01

We listen to this new Erik Seifert's opus as a strange spatial journey. Mixing the soft melodious approaches of Vangelis to Jarre rhythms, while visiting the heterogeneous sound atmospheres of interstellar flights, CORE evolves as a long track segmented in 7 parts in a sonic flora fill by sci-fi scents. A bit as if we were aboard a space shuttle which floats slowly among the astral cloudiness, planets and stars. It’s a beautiful album builds around electronic rhythms which progress melodiously within Jean Michel Jarre territories.
An electric current sparkles on the opening of "LHC (Large Hedron Collider)" freeing a swarm of sound ions which floats in a cosmic mist, a little as a the inside of a spaceship in awakening mode. Everything is under the hold of gravity; from melancholic chords of a mislaid piano to metallic strata of a sleepy synth, we are in state of weightlessness or in an intersidereal oblivion. A soft twinkling sequence comes out of this astral void. It spins with the grace of a ballerina in a serene ambiance, where the piano’s forlorn keys accompany it shyly before that a latent tempo is pointing out. Around the 7th minute it bursts out on percussions slightly banging and a good wavy-like bass line which spits hybrid heaviness pulsations in a musical pattern where a tempered rhythm crosses an ambient but delicately musical phase on a synth fill with Arabic and waltzing layers. It’s a beautiful track bursting out of a spatial melancholy and which is melting softly to the noises of a space station gear. Following to the introductory protocol of "LHC (Large Hedron Collider)", "ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment)" releases itself from the mechanical influence with a suave tempo which undulates delicately on a subtly stroboscopic structure. Hyper delicious and extremely melodious, the synth frees beautiful languishing strata to melodies of people from the sands. In the middle point, the rhythm becomes then more mordant and jerky with delicately anvil approach pursuing its melodious destiny on more hammered percussions which inject a heavier tempo. The journey continues with "ISOLDE (Isotope On-Line Detector)" and its slow atmospheric evolution which depicts skillfully the movements and the everyday life of cosmonauts moved away from their homeland. It’s a very cosmic music piece where the synth displays its analog tones, among solos and synth melodies which shape a slow temporal waltz. "AD (Antiproton Decelerator)" continues the exploitation of "ISOLDE" galactic ambiances except that it’s heavier with its threatening synth streaks which scan the environment such a laser eye among choirs condemned to perpetual space. Around the 4th minute, the synth harmonizes solos which get lost under the notes of a pulsating bass and hits of well feed percussions, drawing a languishing rhythm in a sound universe rich in heterogeneous strikings. Strikings which encircle an insistent sequence coming out of nowhere and of which synth solos invade the rhythm and coo beneath the eye with the searching resonances. Here is another very well structured track. "SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron)" and "ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus)" are 2 tracks in the purest  Jarre tradition, Calypso and Chronology areas. These are t tracks with amphibian moods which move on nervous rhythms, great juicy percussions and a hatched rotary sequence which gets lost, on short periods, towards more atmospheric passages. Let says that it rocks and that it tears the walls down. The dragonfly sequence of "Wunderwerk (Trancer Spacey Remix)" is a pure delight for the hearing. Arpeggios to charming jolts are crossing some slamming percussions of which the resonances throw us in the Moon Machine moods from Jean Michel Jarre. It’s another great track, built on a rhythmic structure slightly stroboscopic where the ambient rhythm embraces lazily a synth with fragrances of a solitary sax of which the breath is cut by an automat vocoder, before resuming its rhythmic of origin.
Catchy rhythms in a sci-fi ambiance, here is the result of Erik Seifert's 5th opus. It’s an album high in tones and in tight paces; worthy of a dance floor for fans of wriggling dance, where melancholy transcends the rhythmic simplicity. CORE is a must for fans of Jarre and Vangelis, Chronology and Direct areas. It’s the best melodious EM album of 2009.

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: http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=12845

* If you want to know more about the sound world of Erik Seifert, you can visit his website (in German only) here: http://www.pleasuresound.de/musik/index.html

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