jeudi 5 janvier 2012

TANGERINE DREAM: Mona Da Vinci (2011)

"Mona Da Vinci is not as fade as it may sounds on first hearings"

1 Calumet 5:30
2 Morpheus' Light 10:44
3 Phantoms and Oracles (Guitar version) 6:28
4 Mona Da Vinci 7:08
5 In The Storm of Serenity 7:39
6 Hunting For Illusions 4:43


It took me some time before reviewing this last CupDisc from the gang of Edgar Froese. After 2 superb albums in The Island of the Fay and The Angel from the West Window, as well as a very good CupDisc (The Gate of Saturn), Mona Da Vinci fell me in the ears with the effect of a cold shower by a chilly weather. I found that Edgar goes round in circles by undoing his musical ties and by falling again in his moods of candy rock electronic of the Miramar years. But with some additional listenings, I noticed that Mona Da Vinci was hiding some nice musical pearls. Now, knowing that the fans of the Dream already hurled themselves on Mona Da Vinci, whom addresses this review? Bah … Maybe it could influence the choices of the thinkers of Eastgate during the selection of another compilation or another Booster!
Played for the first time during the concert of Manchester, "Calumet" begins with undulating pulsations à la Flashpoint. Echoing percussions and sequences pounding on two ways shape a rhythmic skeleton which collides against the stream on more sober keyboard riffs. Without breaking the walls and with a typical melodious approach in what Edgar Dream lays since moons, "Calumet" pours without getting noticed too much and depicts the atmosphere maybe too much calculated which reigns over Mona Da Vinci. I think in particular of the title track which is submerged by a ghostly aura. An aura of mystery which glides over a rhythmic structure going round and round. That doesn’t mean that it’s not good, it’s just that it’s too familiar and that we already heard it so many times in the late TD years. Noticed that its progression ("Mona Da Vinci'') is all the same rather appealing. The longer title on this last Tangerine Froese's CupDisc, "Morpheus ' Light" is simply wonderful. Of long and suave angelic breaths cast a little bit of dark breezes on an intro which progresses such as a slow crescendo on a nest of percussions and sequences typical to the bipolar rhythms of the Dream. Edgar weaves a super melodious theme subdivided by resonant sequences and riffs which fall on other sequences pounding frenziedly under the breaths and winds of a poetic synth. It’s a splendid track where sequences strum a motionless rhythm. A rhythm trapped in a superb musical fauna which sounds so much like good old TD. Outstanding! "Phantoms and Oracles (Guitar version)" is an alternate version of Midas Touch which appears on The Hollywood Years Vol. 2 in 1998. It’s a big electronic rock from the Rockoon years. Sequences and hopping percussions forge an unbridled rhythm and the electric guitar of Zlatko Perica spits furious and incisive solos. "In The Storm of Serenity" is a beautiful ballad introduced on a slow rhythm. Surrounded by heterogeneous tones, the percussions are stunning and fall with imagination while the guitar sculpts great languishing solos. This is a nice track which hooks the hearing instantly. "Hunting for Illusions" ends Mona Da Vinci with a hyper-unbridled rhythmic approach where heavy sequences, slamming percussions and a starving bass line build a heavy and stormy rhythm. Mysterious, the synth throws good dark veils and short soloing breaths giving to "Hunting for Illusions" a harmonious depth which harmonizes pleasantly to its furious pace.
It’s a good think that I had to listen Mona Da Vinci a bit more before doing a final review, because it’s not as fade as it may sounds on first hearings. In fact it’s an honest CupDisc which has its failures as well as its small favourites, and this over and above the fact that "Morpheus ' Light" is totally brilliant and a pearl lost in a boiling sea of rhythms as superficial as well polished up.

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=14819

* You can also view a video of a static photo sleeve of the title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PhxujOJ1-c

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