lundi 30 avril 2012

BRENDAN POLLARD: Live in Concert 2006 Part II (2012)

"There is music on Live in Concert which shows that Brendan Pollard has still his place in the chessboard of EM"

1 Radiant Transmission 33:49
2 Ode to... 8:50 (May 2006)
3 Detox 15:09 (September 2010)


In 2007 Brendan Pollard amazed the wonderful world of EM with Flux Echoes. A magnificent album which lit among fans of analog Berlin School the beautiful recollections of the Phaedra and Stratosfear years from Tangerine Dream. Presented in 2 volumes (Part 1 and Part 2), Live in Concert goes back in time where Brendan Pollard laid the foundations for Flux Echoeswhich was going to be release some 6 months later. Live in Concert 2006 Part 2 also includes a title lost in the archives of Flux Echoes (Ode to...) and a last track (Detox) that Brendan Pollard wrote before he retired and that he sold all of his studio.
Hoops of limpid electronic tones spin of an evanescent movement to introduce the very atmospheric intro of "Radiant Transmission". Steve Palmer's guitar chords seem misled in this shambles of heterogeneous tones while that quietly a pulsatory line aligns its frenzied keys, moulding the first sequenced breakthrough of "Radiant Transmission". This line of sequence divides its strengths, drawing another movement of which the oscillations forge a crisscrossed cadence which crosses the metallic whispers and spectral choirs humming under the piercing shouts of starving young birds. Another sequence with resonant keys crosses this line of rhythm; while choirs hail of a jerky movement and that the synths spit their harmonies à la Ricochet under the weakened notes of which sounds quite like a discreet and retiring Manuel Gottsching. This first portion of "Radiant Transmission" is terrific with these breaths of symphonic synth which float on cymbals of which the jingles encircle a rhythm galloping on wave-like and crisscrossed sequences over a long period of 18 minutes. Afterward "Radiant Transmission" sinks into an atmospheric sphere stuffed by eccentric electronic tones and knockings which resound in a universe split between the abstract horror and the magnetism of the syncretic tones. A line of bass appears some 4 minutes later, drawing a strange movement of groove that the guitar of Steve Palmer decorates of discreet wandering chords. A fine sequenced line gambols in the background. Its chaotic trajectory depicts the lines of a furtive movement, moulding a strange indecisive rumba which sways hips under fine and brief solos of a guitar always so reserved. The rhythm embraces a little more incisive tangent, freeing sequenced keys which whistle when they bite this hesitating rhythmic that a beautiful Mellotron wraps with its melancholic aura. But the sequences lose appetite. They decrease gradually their swiftness, losing even their fragile balances while the rhythm of "Radiant Transmission" tries to maintain a pace which gets out of breath as the sequences keys become less frequent and as the tempo eventually misses energy.
"Ode to..." brings us back straight into the ambiences of Flux Echoes with a title livened up by sequences which skip fervently in the vocalizes of some foggy choruses and synths with philharmonic breaths. Between Ricochet and Stratosfear the rhythm, as furious as melodic, stumbles on an opaque atmospheric passage where some dense layers of Mellotron float among the airs of a flute forgotten on the banks of perdition. Written in 2010, "Detox" presents us a more contemporary face of Pollard's works. The intro is intriguing to the bones with the glaucous breaths which hum on a threatening pulsating line whose every blow sounds like a stifling breath. A nasal synth draws clouds to vocalized tints while a metallic flute spreads its waves that absent choirs bear on this atmospheric intro filled with a strong smell of night-mistrust. The movement livens up delicately with a rosary of sequences which shell its ions so that they take opposite directions on a somber pulsatory bass line from which every blow bites our ears, shaping a splendid staggering rhythmic approach. We are in the cave of Ramp and Redshift with a superb passage where the melody of the sequences is absorbed by the heavy resonances of a strong bass line. The synth throws spectral waves which float on these wide cyclic circles where dance other sequenced ions when the pulsating rhythm takes refuge in a brief abstract passage. It’s a pretext for Brendan Pollard, so that he sharpens the orientations of "Detox" to bring it towards darker territories. There where the rhythm beats of it blacks glaucous pulsations on the wings of metallic cymbals that synth spectral blades cover of a Machiavellian aura. Notes of electric piano scatter the fogs drawn by the Mellotron, giving to "Detox" a finale deserving of its magnificence. It’s a great track which shows that Brendan Pollard has still his place in the chessboard of EM.
Like an architect, the English synthesist displays his tenebrous unstable protean structures, allying dark, psychedelic and morphic atmospheres to sequential movements livened up by free and sometimes undisciplined ions. Live in Concert 2006 Part 2 confirms the talent of this great English synth man who got retired too soon. It is to wish that Brendan Pollard reconsiders his decision, so that he shares with us works such as "Detox" and the impressive "Radiant Transmission" of which the studio version is even more powerful. All in all, Live in Concert 2006 is a very good live album which proves that the atmospheres and black rhythms of the analog years are always of current events. That just depends of the hands and of the creativity of those who want to tame them in order to share them with us.

Sylvain Lupari (2012)
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