mercredi 7 mars 2012

MOONBOOTER: World of Apes I (2010)

"World of Apes I is a strong opus of upbeat EM"
1 Living in Apeland 6:46
2 Inside Nukes 6:23 
3 M A D 5:04
4 Cowboy und Indianer 5:59 
5 Losing Innocence 4:30
6 Atomic Train 4:50
7 Gently Terminated 5:47
8 A New Hope 5:22
9 You Will Be OK 4:37
10 The War Begins 7:23 
11 The Melancholy Within 5:54 
12 Brahma Astra 7:05 

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Moonbooter's 7th album, World of Apes I throws a critical glance on mankind and its crazy nuclear arms race. Without hesitating, I would say that it's the best Moonbooter album to date. Moonbooter offers 12 music pieces of his own mark, where hybrid rhythms of soft techno cross progressive synth-pop. Composed of 12 tracks of Moonbooter's (Bernd Scholl) unique musical structures, World of Apes I soaks in a Kraftwerk atmosphere in regard to the rhythms, and Roger Waters for the sound effects where noises and voices portray torments and conditions of the nuclear effects. Throughout 70 minutes of listening, the listener is surrounded by a pleiad of sounds from diverse sound experiments that Moonbooter dug up during his research. World of Apes I is a unique concept album where floating, circular and swirling rhythms are eroded by these apocalyptic inserted sounds.
A Geiger counter opens the measures of "Living in Apeland". A vaporous synth full of caustic violin windings drags in a strange cloud of radioactive dust, filtering some stunning ghostly choruses and voices coming out from beyond the grave on a floating tempo where felted percussions measure its spectral density. A deathly silence, lasting a fraction of second, re-introduces a slow rhythm which slaps on good percussions, hybrid sequences and an ascending bass line shaping a slightly syncopated rhythm. A cadence which floats languishingly on a synth of strange and multiple spectral emanations, of which the tasty stratas shape a catchy refrain. It’s a strange sound mixture which will form the numerous catchy tunes that we find on World of Apes I. "Inside Nukes" offers a circular and wave-like rhythm of hesitating and hatched loops, exposing a nervous structure, where monastic choirs roam on sequences and percussions which entangle with frenzy. "M.A.D.", for Mutual Assured Destruction, is one of the most accessible tracks on the album. A piece where the use of vocoder brings us back to Kraftwerk's Radioactivity and Trans Europe Express, with multiple percussions rattling which hammer a metallic and hypnotic rhythm where the enigmatic Kraftwerk universe goes alongside Jean Michel Jarre's. "Cowboy und Indianer" is a pearl of sensibility. It’s a superb lascivious dance for sleepless who think of nuclear disasters on an incredibly poignant background of drama and sensibility. The rhythm is soft and slow, encircled by multiple layers of a solitary and distressing synth where weak minimalistic keyboard keys are the witnesses of this nightmare and try to put us to sleep. The more I listen to it the more I visualize Winston at the cowards' café in Georges Orwell's 1984. This is profoundly moving and striking, want it or not. With its vaporous intro where a synth of ghostly waves scrutinize a gloomy sky, "Losing Innocence" wanders in a caustic torpor making you feel your blood runs cold. It’s a track which explains itself the devastation and the regret while being an acerbic murmur as on the superb "Gently Terminated" and its anvil percussions as well as the very beautiful "Brahma Astra". Another catchy and very accessible track, "Atomic Train" edges with a serpentine synth which hoots sinuously at the mercy of landscapes which scroll on a drummed rhythm which shapes marvellously a train taking off to a speed which is not without reminders of the hypnotic ecstasies of Kraftwerk. Still there, the musicality offered by Moonbooter is surprisingly vital and fresh. A title which on the first listening comes out ordinary, but the more we listen to it, the more we realize all the sound and very melodious universe which is hiding in there. The little cousin of "Inside Nukes", "A New Hope" presents a nervous structure where the rhythm is infernal and where the synths free apocalyptic laments, as war sirens preventing enemy attacks. It’s a furious title with slamming percussions which will liven up any DJ's creativity. Fine iodine crystal arpeggios charm the heavy and sinuous rhythm of "You will be OK"s heavy percussions. It’s a title build of indefinite rhythms, quite as "The War Begins" and "The Melancholy Within", which ally wild and nervous rhythms to floating and languishing passages which oscillate in the unique musical universe of Moonbooter which may be described rightly as hybrid electronica of the next generation.
World of Apes I is a strong EM opus. But a more alive and upbeat music than the Berlin School, although ethereal steams can be felt here and there. Without hesitating, I would say that it's the best Moonbooter album to date. Moonbooter offers 12 music pieces of his own mark, where hybrid rhythms of soft techno crosses progressive synth-pop with a zest light dance-floor, on structures lighted up by an intense emotionalism which carries World of Apes I.
Sylvain Lupari (2010)
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=13372

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