lundi 16 janvier 2012

PYRAMID PEAK: 5VOR12 (2011)

"God that feels good to listen to new Pyramid Peak!"

1 Dr. Blofeld Und Die Waldorf Schüler (15:24)
2 Tears of Joy (12:48)
3 Lichtermeer (29:20)
4 Random Event Reloaded (9:58)
5 5 Vor 12 (5:47)


PYRAMID PEAK: PP1118

A floating shadow escapes from a somber wave made of sinuous arcs to roam in a cosmos filled by crystalline tones. Breaths and lunar waves sweep the black horizon, caressing at the passage white noises which sparkle under the glances dumbfounded by the breaths of morphic synths. Such as glances from cosmic sea lighthouse, the spatial waves crisscross and make love in a soft whirlwind of the moon, filling the oblong spatial intro of "Dr Blofeld Und Die Waldorf Schüler" of a bewitching psychedelicosmic character. And a little before the 4th minute, we can hear the cracklings to shiver. They flee the threat of an echoing sequential approach and the percussions which fall with a nervous fright, guiding "Dr Blofeld Und Die Waldorf Schüler" towards the rhythms so characteristics of Pyramid Peak. Sequences subdivide their strikings and their tonal approaches, moulding a superb rhythmic approach where spasmodic and chipped momentums fall in a striking rhythmic pattern with percussions which leave no chance and choirs which are wrapping the fury of it unite their intensities to shape the captivating musical universe of Pyramid Peak. According to the guide of rhythms and melodies from the musical textbook of Pyramid Peak, "Dr Blofeld Und Die Waldorf Schüler" continues his ascension with melodious synth lines which sing and float over the curt and hammered rhythms, to run finally aground in the gaps of a finale without land.
If you still don’t know Pyramid Peak, or 
Axel Stupplich, "Dr Blofeld Und Die Waldorf Schüler" is the perfect comparable of what we would find on the first 7 opuses of the German group which makes since Atmosphere in 1998 a delicious EM allying ambiances, rhythms and melodies. And 5Vor12, an acronym depicting the habit of the trio to end any project on borderline (midnight minus five), is a good continuity in the career of the Peak. "Tears of Joy" proposes another floating intro where Max ''Maxxess''
Schiefele’s guitar sculptures abstracted territories with floating solos à la David Gilmour which cry and sing among vaporous waltzing and morphic synth layers. Out of tears and breaths the guitar calms down a bit before the 7th minute sot, leading "Tears of Joy" towards a rhythmic of steel where the strikings alternate with an icy surgical precision. Synth solos whistle and coo above this chaotic rhythm among which the percussions strikes and sequences shape a powerful break sequencing tempo. Recorded at the Bochum Planetarium concert in 2010, "Lichtermeer" begins with synth waves which enlace and rush into a musical nothingness with intensity. Some delicious nasal tones of the Middle East fragrances pierce this sound veil while that weak sequences try a shy rhythmic breakthrough. Crossed by iridescent sound arcs and rocked by dumb voices and angelic mists, the intro of "Lichtermeer" wakes up little by little to the timid palpitations which drive towards the deaf and echoing strikings of a lascivious rhythm. Tinted with felt, the percussions fall with the correctness of the hypnotic movements while sequences draw stroboscopic circles which turn with hesitation in an intense veil of mist and synth wave. Between its oniric rhythms and its ethereal ambiances, "Lichtermeer" evolves by phase; passing from floating to lascivious to fall in the heavy atmospheres of a cosmos fill by eclectic tones to end its crusade of sounds and ambiances in the rhythms and the melodies of the Peak style. "Random Event Reloaded" is a refreshed version of the Random Event title track released in 2000. The intro is encircled by synth solos which are entwining idly in a superb iridescent mist. The roarings come from far and they ooze of a cosmic passion which extends until the powerful alternating keys of a heavy sequencer. Then the keys get subdivided, crisscrossed and stamped on themselves, spreading out a rhythmic maze which increases with the arrival of another sequential line which pounds a rhythm of lead. And the last 5 minutes of "Random Event Reloaded" are a pure stylistic composition on the art of sequencing and electronic rhythm. It’s heavy, powerful, very catchy and it tears up the paint of the walls. Another title recorded during the Bochum Planetarium concert, "5vor12" is a nice electronic ballad which reminds me a lot the area of the Dream on White Eagle with a beautiful melodious sequencing pattern which sculptures a supple and fluid rhythm. Maxxess' guitar throws some good solos which bind themselves marvellously with those, more spectral, of synths.
God that feels good to listen to new
Pyramid Peak I like the music of the Leverkusen trio, a town near Cologne, who does a good dosage of ambiances, as cosmic as abstract, and rhythms, as balanced as unbridled, with melodious approaches which always hang on to the pleasure of ears. 5VOR12 is a good album which contains all the ingredients to satisfy the fans of the Peak as well as to please those who like the electronic and Teutonic period of the Dream. When to those who like the heavy and black sequences of Ramp or Redshift, you will find your account with an approach however more accessible there.

Sylvain Lupari (2012)
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=14829

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