jeudi 15 mars 2012

RON BOOTS: From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House (2011)

"From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House is a quite a musical gift"

1 Bielefeld by Night (MorPheuSz) 5:40
2 Another Timeroom!!! (MorPheuSz) 7:36
3 Da Capo (MorPheuSz) 8:36
4 Lost Stars 4:36
5 Vocat Cataclism 16:18
6 From the Dark Cellars of the House 9:24
7 Spinning out of Control 8:13

GROOVE: GR-186
From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House, what a title thought, is a CD gift that Ron Boots gave to his fans who attended to his concert at the Bochum Planetarium on December 30th, 2011. It’s an album of unreleased titles where Ron Boots has searched in the hidden recesses of his studio, from where the magnificent title, to dig out titles which show all the versatility of the Dutch synthesist. The first 3 titles are interpreted by MorpheuSz, while the 4 following ones come from Ron Boots' creative attics. Titles to the rhythms and ambiances very diversified which are linked in a long opus of 60 minutes where all the unreleased material sounds vaguely familiar, a little as if it would have been of use as basis to titles scattered here and there in the repertoire of MorPheuSz and Ron Boots.Recorded at the 3rd EM Festival of Bielefeld in September 2010, "Bielefeld by Night" plunges us into the hybrid ambiances of MorPheuSz, there where progressive rock meets EM. It’s a beautiful electronic blues/ rock where Frank Dorittke's plaintive guitar weaves some suave solos filled by emotions on good percussions. The synths vaporize clouds of mists and modulate waves which undulate while subdividing their winds into brief solos on a soft structure where the dream borders lasciviousness. A little as in Garden Gnomes and Goblins, "Another Timeroom!!!" transports us towards the borders of the sands' peoples with a languorous tribal rhythm built on nice Tablas style percussions. Synths, as guitar, embroider a world of whim with fine iridescent layers and melancholic notes which float, shine and sigh in an Arabic setting. "Da Capo" is a magnificent title pulled from by the album of the same name, written by Eric van der Heijden in 1998. It’s a gorgeous melody of which the harmonies are stolen by the splendid romantic guitar of Frank Dorittke. The intro is in a very Vangelis style with synths to angelic breaths which blow on rotary cymbals and harmonious guitar riffs. Dreamer, the rhythm strolls between the layers of a synth which also frees notes to tones of harp and the harmonic guitar solo which sing on percussions of which the steady strikings structure a boleric rhythm. And at around the 5th minute, riffs and strikings insist in their tergiversations. And bang! "Da Capo" trades its dreamlike structure for a more rock approach where Frank Dorittke makes figure of an octopus with his furious solos and Harold van der Heijden hammers an infernal rhythmic, pushing back "Da Capo" within the limits of a deliciously melodious electronic rock 'n' roll. It’s very good and its gives me the taste to know a little bit more about Eric van der Heijden's music.
The dark winds of "Lost Stars" introduce us into the 2nd portion of From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House; that of Ron Boots. These caresses of Aeolus are blowing in our ears, making sparkle the stars and roll harmonious waves into a fine harmonious refrain. "Vocat Cataclism" is the jewel of this collection of unreleased tracks and it’s unthinkable that Ron Boots forgot this title in the meanders of his house! A fine sinuous line, molded in the Arabian curves, rises of an intro stuffed by winds and atmospheric tones. Glaucous and slightly resonant pulsations structure a pleasant down-tempo where dances this superb synth line with very suggestive ideas. The percussions fall, giving more mordant to a rhythm which embraces a languorous Berlin School of Klaus Schulze style and his digital era. The tempo is fascinating and hypnotic with its heavy percussions of which each strike resounds around a line of synth to outlines as sensual as intriguing. A tempo becoming heavier towards the 5th minute with more hammered percussions which slam under twisted synth solos. And "Vocat Cataclism" to continue its rhythmic journey of electronic insurgent with a more psychedelic approach in its 2nd part. Even if the synth solos whistle with a good cohesion above a rhythm of lead, the synth and the keyboards weave superb lines to tones of old progressive hymns of the vintage years Flirting with the illusion of an approach which seems well structured, "Vocat Cataclism" navigates on airs of improvisation where every knock of percussion nails us in our armchair and every synth fly transports us in the years of the chemical dreams. It’s a wonderful track which worth alone the buy of From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House. Discreet percussions of which the furtive strikings get lost in imaginary rustles (or real ones) and oblong sinuous reverberations frame marvellously the naming of "From the Dark Cellars of the House" which is a long atmospheric prelude to "Spinning out of Control" which, as its title shows it, is molded into spinning rhythms. The cymbals make run their tsitt-tsitt, trying to escape the pulsatory percussions and other ones which resound and drive towards a pulsating rhythm. A heavy sequence throbs and encircles a rhythm which is decorate by fine hatched synth pads, aligning their melodious spasms in a long stroboscopic strand and propelling "Spinning out of Control" in the rhythms of dance-floor.
For a gift, From the Forgotten Rooms of a Lonely House is a whole beautiful one. It’s a good collection of unreleased titles which flows with a strange homogeneity for titles scattered in the attics of time. There are beautiful jewels in this collection which also contains nice musical charms. And fortunately there are still some CD left of this stunning collection which will delight for sure the fans of Ron Boots and MorPheuSz. And for those who still hesitate, it’s a good way to be introduce in those worlds, especially that the price is quite OK.

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=14987

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