samedi 19 mai 2012

CRAIG PADILLA: Beyond the Portal (2009)

"Beyond the Portal is an album of a sound richness which borrows the paths of American pioneers such as Steve Roach and Michael Stearns"
1 Realm of the Spirit (17:48)
 a Perspective of Disappearance 7:02
 b Realm of the Spirit 10:46
2 Akasha (15:27)
   Oceans of the Heavens 15:27
3 Beyond the Portal (32:27)
 a One Moment Beyond 11:07
 bActive Side of Infinity 8:22
c Beyond the Portal 12:58

LOTUSPIKE : LSM 12  (CD 65:43)

Here is a superb morphic album. An opus of a great nocturnal calmness which gets tasted with all the cosmic sublimity which leaves from each furrow, each bits. First collaboration between Craig Padilla, Richard Roberts (Zero Ohms) and Skip Murphy, Beyond the Portal breathes of a strange quietude where the customs of a hybrid world, either aquatic or extraterrestrial, vibrate under our dumbfound ears.
Divided into 3 parts the opus opens with a hot wind which sweeps the waves of an absent sea. A soft Mellotron pad is filtering choirs which seem to be striped of mischievousness in an abyssal world that piano keys manage to make nostalgic. "Realm of the Spirit" is a call to calm. To serenity with its soft winds which transport us beyond the borders of an abstract world. A world of water and stars, where our imagination flays our cerebral with a sound adornment amazingly rich for a title with a complete absence of movement. The energy coming from inside. The final part of this 2 tracks movement is of an amazing sensitivity with Zero Ohms' Windsynth and the flutes which transport a tribal world of an unknown origin with subtle sequences waves which die out under a soft shimmering pad. "Akasha (Oceans of the Heavens)" is dignitary of its naming. The movement begins with fine hopping sequences, calling the jingling of the waves of an oceanic world. It’s a great track which reminds me of the musical poetry that we find in Michael Stearns' wonderful M’Ocean, an album to get. By closing our eyes, and without main imaginative efforts, we see the blackness folded back on water, with as night light the moon and the secrecies of an underwater world virgin of the excavations and of the human traces which it protects. It’s a superb music piece with a synth fed of slow oscillations, but sharp recriminations, which lulls itself in a world that even the imagination did not profaned yet and which progresses on a light seizing crescendo.
Soft incantations of forlorn mermaids pave the way among the dark naval reverberations of "Beyond the Portal"; a long title which makes a strange connection between the oceanic abyssal zone and a cosmos as dark as the ocean depth. This slow movement develops like a prayer without borders, at the dawn of the hybrid world. Synths intertwined in an abstract fusion, as if the unreal could be expressed at the tips of flutes and synth oxygen. A bit livelier, the second part (Active Side of Infinity) brings the first sequenced stammering with crystallized passages which wind around heavy dark layers to dramatic arrangements. It’s a little as if the water and space amalgamated in a strange oblong waltz with imperfect twists. The movements is getting more alive through some fuzzy synth layers which guide us towards the last part of "Beyond the Portal" and its soft sequence which tambourine on a finely synthesized movement, like in the universe of Roach. It’s a movement on a docile crescendo which wriggles beneath the echoes of an evolutionary sound world which won’t become more explosive in order to preserve its passive brittleness.
Though mainly ambient, Beyond the Portal is an album of a sound richness which wants to be the equivalence of the musical depth of the Padilla, Zero Ohms and Murphy trio. It’s an album which borrows the paths of American pioneers such as Steve Roach, Michael Stearns and even Craig Padilla which accompanies with wonder the nights and dreams of a deep nebulosity where water resources in cosmos. Fans of ambient, floating music and of sound relaxation, this opus is impossible to circumvent.

Sylvain Lupari (April 4th, 2009)
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