mercredi 22 février 2012

RUDZ & KOMENDAREK: Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep (2011)

"Here's a powerful album difficult to tame but swarming of bipolar rhythms"1 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 5:26
2 Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep 15:59
3 Reminiscences From Beyond Infinity 24:04
a) Atavistic Throwback
b) Playing Dice with God
c) Immersed In a Marsch of Grey Matter
d) Another Dawn of Man
4 Lonely Spirits over the Post-Megalopolis Badland 16:58
5 Interrupted Stream of Consciousness 10:46

The sleep is a fascinating universe. It’s a world which belongs to us but of which we don’t control the destinies and where we slide quietly towards the semi-comatose phases, there where the beauties cross the horrors and the peace of mind feed the torments. It’s inspired by this universe without borders that Przemyslaw Rudz dipped the tips of his fingers to forge the beginnings of Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep. Those who are familiar with the works of Przemyslaw Rudz know what to expect from the brilliant composer and the Polish oasis cosmic sculptor. But that would be the fruit of a collaboration with Wladyslaw Komendarek? Keyboardist from vintage psychedelic rock prog band Exodus and pioneer of the Polish electronic scene since 1985, Wladyslaw Komendarek is a character so much disproportionate as original who multiplies any sorts of experiments within his musical evolution. Knowing already that the albums of Przemyslaw Rudz are rich in related tones, what would bring the contribution of Komendarek? Built at remotely, Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep is a brilliant album swarming of bipolar rhythms which depicts with fascination the various phases of sleep. Phases put in music with a superb musical direction, designed by Rudz, and by stunning cerebral settings, imagined by Komendarek.
"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" open the doors of dullness with a soft morphic melody prisoner of a vacillating movement of which the contractions slip in a universe of eclectic and electronic tones. Piano notes emerge from this cerebral oblivion, strumming a linear rhythm which is surrounded streaks and solos of a synth which switches around its delicacy for the loudness and bites of a howling guitar. The first steps towards the unexplored secrets of the dreams continue with the title-track and its long intro populated by a collage of musical samplings as much heterogeneous as dreams can weave unsuited landscapes. A galloping sequential movement pierces this veil of indefinite tones, awakening a delicious wave which waddles innocently. After more than 6 minutes of the ghostly knocks or the vague steps, discordant beatings and panting, resounding church bells, moves of spectral waves and electric winds; "Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep" gets out of its somnambulistic torpor with a deaf rhythm which amplifies its progression with beautiful élans of keyboards and fluttering synth stratas which caress a wild rhythmic ride fed by the fire of good percussions and boiling psychotronic keyboard keys. "Reminiscences From Beyond Infinity" is the heart of the sleep’s anguishes. It’s a long epic title of 24 minutes divided into 4 parts. Divided between its ambient, meditative, rhythmic and furious phases, "Reminiscences From Beyond Infinity" begins in the tears of Dominik Chmurski's solitary violin which lulls the morphic choirs of its intro (Atavistic Throwback) with superb tearful stratas. Stratas which cry in a world of apocalyptic metal. The tone is lugubrious and we are absorbed by a world of coldness with knocks of horrible cymbals which crumble the hearing and by the movements of rolling drums which make roar the moon while slowly we slide towards Playing Dice with God. This 2nd part of "Reminiscences From Beyond Infinity" is filled by rhythms of electronic rock à la Tangerine Dream era 220 Volts, guitars less although the impression to hear riffs in there remains vague. The percussions are wild and unbridled. They are supported by stormy sequences of which the crisscrossed exchanges get lost in the knocks of drum while synth solos are powerful and cover this lively rhythm of a strange mood of free-jazz. This rhythm dissolves at about the 11th minute, embracing a more lunar phase. It’s a beautiful moment of thoughtful poetry where the synth whistles a delicate lullaby on the back of fine waves to frail undulations. An isolated sequence flutters its rhythmic elytrons, such as a cadenced threat, awakening a vocoder which mumbles the psalms of a schizophrenic misled on the top of a crowned mountain contemplating a world in gestation. It’s in this long delirium filled of quirky tones that the last phase of "Reminiscences From Beyond Infinity" sets in motion. We hear tom-toms resound and the confuse ambiances. Tinkled keys cut the debate between the abstract and the concrete, reviving these synths perfumed by Tangerine Dream reminiscences of, introducing again a curt and nervous rhythm. A circular rhythm sat over unbridled percussions and sequences which try to fit to this tempo while the synth solos are watering abundantly the rhythmic frenzy with superb audacious musical figures. What a way to end this track!
After this stormy raid in the bipolar rhythms, "Lonely Spirits over the Post-Megalopolis Badland" offers a long introduction of serenity. The ambience is very cosmic with strongly ambient synth layers which float lazily among choirs which breathe the morphic quietness among dusts of stars and notes of a discreet guitar played by Jarek Figura. The rhythm is boiling slightly a little after the 8th minute. Gyratory, it bends itself on a fusion of pulsations and guitar riffs, being of use as ramparts for sumptuous synth solos which are supported by clouds of choruses. This rhythm is fading away, getting lost in somehow indecisive and a bit spasmodic guitar notes which try to resuscitate a rhythmic phase hidden in the Neuronium vapours of ethers. "Interrupted Stream of Consciousness" ends this fascinating essay of the lifelessness universe and its phantasmagorical meanders with fine palpitations which drill an indefinable hubbub and its colourful tones. As everywhere in Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep the progressive rhythm gets disguise in a sound fauna to thousand hallucinating brightness. The bass of Maciek Warda molds a groovy tempo which hems under the plaintive spectres of a progressive rhythm and strata of an organ in the old tones of the Exodus years. And "Interrupted Stream of Consciousness" explodes of a cosmico-rock-psycho-progressive rhythm with a funky bass, a speaking keyboard, hybrid synth layers and a guitar with furious loops which harmonize their priorities on good percussions, converging on an evolutionary tempo which will break dryly on the cliffs of the incomprehensibility, the dumb witness of the originality and the anarchy of the harmonious fluids which separate Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep from the dream and its complexities at the evolutionary stage of the sleep, disrupted by such a provocative album.
You will have guessed that Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep is not for all ears. It’s a powerful album swarming with bipolar rhythms where the disproportionate imagination of Wladyslaw Komendarek finds his apotheosis in an impressive pattern of sound effects. The music is beautiful. Puzzling, it’s split by evolutionary directions which suit strongly well the conception that we can have of the evolutionary phases of the sleep. In brief, Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep carries marvellously the boldness of its title and its project. It’s an album that we taste at the tips of our ears and once we have both ears filled by, we just can’t give up it

Sylvain Lupari (2012)
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