mardi 21 février 2012

INDRA: Parallel Time (1993/2011)

"Parallel Time is a pearl!"

1 Prophet 31:32
2 Sphinx 30:52
3 The Twins (Bonus Track) 17:29


Some curt and edgy chords waltz with a metalized cohesion on the glaucous breaths of heavy and sinuous iridescent reverberations. Melted in a sound universe where the silvery tones get lost in the breaths of agonizing metals, the intro of "Prophet" drags us into Indra's odd and abstract sound world. We are hearing well these synths sculpted the winds of Orient. As we are hearing these poetic winds and these orchestral arrangements transported lunatic chords which only ask to form a coherent musical chain, but Indra decided to move away from his usual approach to offer a more audacious album. An album that he considers as more difficult to tame.
It’s after having attended to The Primeval Beauty theatre play that Indra had the idea to composed an album where the abstract mood would go alongside to the ambivalent and latent rhythms. After 2 first albums inspired by the Berlin School style, the Rumanian synthesist wanted to undertake a more audacious musical journey and Parallel Time is a whole one. "Prophet" is the most experimental of Parallel Time's original 2 tracks. It’s a long abstract musical painting where a panoply of interrupted tones, broken chords and isolated orchestrations vacillate and float in a musical universe divided between the cerebral anarchy and its fleeting evolutionary rhythms. The ambiance is surrealism with its melodies bits and pieces drowned in a musical anarchy made of heterogeneous tones and metallic breaths. In spite of its length (31:32) one can say that "Prophet" is drawing out in abstract redundancy because Indra gets our attention and feeds the imagination with harmonious insertions which go astray and come back under other forms in this long musical babel. Divided between pure stillness, some subtle sequenced momentums which wave on a sea of agitated tones and wandering choirs as well as some avalanches of scattered percussions "Prophet" pursues its long road to mislaid harmonies, falling sometimes into bitter eclectic moments and getting up again on other times for short harmonious moments; witness of the constant duality that Indra wants to impose on his 3rd work.
Sharply more musical and more inspired by The Primeval Beauty, "Sphinx" is simply wonderful. It’s a long hypnotic title which is strongly impregnated by the influences of Berlin School with a meditative progressive rhythm hammered by incise percussions of which the strikings sometimes metalized resound in the mist of Hinduisms' fragrances. A synth with honeyed winds of the Middle East opens the intro. A rich intro where the paradisiacal breaths are wrapped by crisscrossed synth stratas. Stratas which drop its choirs and its limpid tones of crystal. This mesmerizing movement of morphic waltz stretches its elytrons of desires beyond the first beatings of percussions, rooting the sensualism of an intro which does not stop merging in the strange lasciviousness of a movement which nevertheless goes on the borders of perdition. A little before the 8th minute the percussions fall with more heaviness and vigour, masking a bit the tones of suave flutes which emerge from the synths and giving so a second life to "Sphinx". A life imprinted by a sensual and cerebral magnetism. Wandering choirs smell the limping rhythm. It’s a slow and heavy rhythm, as a hypnotic groovy, which skips with a mixture of percussions and metallic jingles. Indra adds to it some splendid and attractive synth layers with tones as much striking as surprising which whip up the senses and calm the heaviness of the strikings of percussions of which the hypnotic pounding oversizes its dodecaphonic approach. And so "Sphinx" goes on and displays its 30 minutes as a slow cerebral trance where the rhythm is of use as pretext to a musical painting to thousand eclectic breaths and where the magic of Indra settles its first real daring ramifications which will serve the versatility of the Rumanian synth-spirit through his many works to come. This title is a pure marvel of electronic minimalist music.
Written15 years later, in 2007, "The Twins" is a bonus track included with this new rerelease of Parallel Time. And this is another jewel that Indra pulls out of his synths! It’s a pure delight of minimalist fascination which begins with tinkled chords which skip and collide with the sweetness of the oniric tenderness. One recognizes the sound of Indra. His delicacy and his kind of level-headed hesitation, signature of sweetness and sensibility get by knocks of life, which shapes a fine rhythmic slightly jerky. And the music is gorgeous! A wonderful romance where the chords and keys flutter with delicacy and harmony, changing the course of their melody on a rhythmic axis subtly permutating. The movement is of an innocent candor and all in harmony with those series of  twinkling  chords which hop in filiform lines and which crisscross in various melodious approaches, forging a ball of unfinished melodies which are complementing each other in the abstraction of its parallel lines, from where the link with Parallel Time. And when we tell ourselves ‘‘Shit, that it’s beautiful!’’, it’s becomes even nicer with its orchestral arrangements which pulls out a smile of the soul. Smiles that Indra is pulling out of me since moons already!
Parallel Time is a pearl! If "Prophet" can murdered your ears with its approach as eclectic as experimental, "Sphinx" and "The Twins" are two inescapable in the musical world of Indra and even the world of EM. Audacious, Indra laids the foundations for a style that he will polish up with more refinement in his subsequent works, I think in particular of the very beautiful Echo in Time released in 1998, and which will become the seal of this brilliant synthesist and music writer.

Sylvain Lupari (2012)
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