samedi 31 mars 2012

INDRA: Interactive Play (The Essential) Vol. II (2011)

"Indra deserves to be finally recognized for his true value"

1 Walking on the Moon (excerpt from Space) 3:46
2 The Living Forest (excerpt from  Seven) 5:38
3 Golden Ray (excerpt from Seven) 4:38
4 Prelude (excerpt from Plenitude) 3:14
5 Sheherezad (from Tales from Arabia) 3:14
6 The Holy Dance (excerpt from Magic Collection) 4:40
7 Passing Pulse (excerpt from Magic Collection) 3:26
8 Veda (excerpt from Cosmic Sound) 7:38
9 Turning Away (excerpt from Turning Away) 6:07
10 Rustic Pictures (excerpt from Kingdom of Light) 4:25
11 Plenitude (excerpt from Plenitude) 4:25
12 Synapse (bonus track recorded in 2007) 25:17

This 2nd volume of Interactive Play proposes a darker and more introspective side of Indra with more ambient and atmospheric titles where rhythms pierce iodized and iridescent membranes. Only vestige of the “Space” album, "Walking on the Moon" starts this 2nd compilation with a title which flows into our ears with a soft musical perfume of the psychedelic years. Waves of synth and keyboard are enlace into movements of invading and floating layers on percussions which thunder and resound, shaping a bewitching rhythm of cerebral trance where fine arpeggios appear towards the end. The intro of "The Living Forest" is submerged by cosmic breezes and puffed rustles which feed a muffled poly-sonic agitation. Sighs of violins are rising. They open the door to a heavy rhythm which plots a slow ascending race of which the steps weight in clouds of mist, moulding a steady and symmetric tempo. A tempo transported by the caresses of violins, hit by percussions and doubled by other keys of more crystal clear sequences. Also from the “Seven” album, "Golden Ray" leans on a rhythm pulsating slightly in the clouds of violin mists, bringing with it the soft melancholic fragrances which seems to reign all over this album from which I just can’t wear off this strange link that I do with Adelbert Von Deyen and his album “Atmosphere” It's very beautiful. With its chords which fall as a metronome on acid, "Prelude" gets ready to weave the cocoon for a beautiful ear worm. The flow is strangely mesmerizing, even if devoid of rhythm, with fine modulations in its progression. Sitar chords are tinkling behind this hypnotic tick-tock which quietly becomes soaked with iridescent mist and iodized choirs while percussions fall a little before the 2nd minute, solidifying the harmonious impact of this innocent ritornello. After an incursion into the tribal dances of the nomadic peoples of sands ("Sheherezad"), "The Holy Dance" offers a hesitating rhythmic approach with chords which sway on a bed of iridescent mist. The rhythm is fuzzy and delicate. It skips with lightness under lovely inspired synth solos, which perspire an astral serenity and unite their poetries to fluty breaths.
More in a staccato form, "Passing Pulse" shows its rhythmic cavorts by the means of percussions of which the irregular flow suits to the pinched chords, forming a light rhythmic whirlwind which swirls by the strength of the winds. Violin strata snap up this harmless rhythm and surround it of a beautiful staccato movement, like snowflakes swirling in a storm blown by choirs, perturbed by tams-tams and fed by voracious violins. I sure would like to hear the rest of it! "Veda" is a title of atmosphere where the synth waves are swirling and get tangled up among the keys of harp and droplets of water. It’s a long ambient passage, like "Plenitude" which is more orchestral on the other hand thus more moving, where the synth/mellotron plays a preponderant part by multiplying the amphibian waves which modulate a psychedelicosmic and surrealist approach, as in the first works of 
Tangerine Dream (Zeit and Atem). "Turning Away" is one of the first titles that Indra composed and it's a wonderful one which exploits completely its 30 minutes in its original version. On Interactive Play (The Essential) Vol. II, we have the finale part where the sequences swirl under morphic and waltzing synth layers which encircle a circular rhythm from where are escaping fine percussions to felted banging. It’s very beautiful and representative of the minimalist style of Indra, quite as "Rustic Pictures" from the album Kingdom of Light.The excerpt proposed exploits the heart of the harmonious envelope of this track with percussions of which the echoing hammering is wrapped by violins ate by continual jerky knocks of bows. Violins which dance with fury, seconded by choruses which hum with softness under the repeated knocks of percussions of which the echo goes gradually astray in a distant cosmos. Emerging out of iodized sighs, "Synapse" flaunts its rhythmic arsenal with a panoply of sequences which crisscross and fuse their tones as well as their circular movements around fine shimmering arpeggios which try to mold the breaths of an innocent melody. Sequences wind the movement, such as wings of dragonflies, weaving a finely stroboscopic movement while percussions fall to oversize an already very well fed rhythm. Synth chords chirp among the celestial breaths, enveloping this rhythmic crossroads which sounds strangely like the last works of Tangerine Dream with its synth breaths which enfold this fragile melody filled with forsaken arpeggios. This first rhythmic phase of "Synapse" dies away in the resonances of a long pulsatory movement from which the resonant outlines release another rhythmic phase. More robotic and slightly technoïd, this 2nd phase is developing over the oscillating waves of a residue of flickering sequence, laying the foundations for a very beautiful melodious approach which flows with a harmonious sweetness on a zootropic rhythm arched on pulsating percussions and fine melodic sequences which support the hypnotic hammering. Waves and choirs, as well as cosmic tones, surround this slowly bouncy rhythm which dances in our ears for about 8 minutes before that the last phase, more morphic, does switch off the charmer rhythm of "Synapse" which dies in the threatening reverberating breaths of its intro.
Obviously, Interactive Play (The Essential) Vol. II is the perfect complement to the volume I. All the 2 CD offers a very beautiful overview of Indra's first works which are regrettably mislaid in the abysses of time and of its imponderables. I continue to believe that it’s a compilation made to measure for fans, so allowing them to follow the evolution of the Rumanian synthesist for a period of splendor in compositions and productions because Indra has produced not less than 12 albums for the era aimed by Interactive Play. As for to the titles offered in bonus, they are very good; "Synapse" being my preferred. In all honesty, I believe that both are worthy of the money puts on buying each CD which contains very good music in a pond of titles which demonstrates all the creativity of this artist which deserves to be finally recognized for his true value.

Sylvain Lupari (2012)
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