lundi 25 juin 2012

DIVINE MATRIX: Atmospheric Variations (2012)

Divine Matrix' Atmospheric Variations is one of the good surprises to get out of the AD Music label”
1 1000 Light Years 8:09 
2 Jigokudani Springs 6:15
3 Magentic Disturbances 4:07
4 Marine Forecast 6:56
5 Strato Volcano 7:20
6 Weather Satellite 7:16
7 After the Storm 7:11
8 Atmospheric Variations 7:46
9 Aurora Borealis 5:54
10 Birth of a Cyclone 8:37
11 Cloud Formations 6:22

AD MUSIC: AD105CD (75:53)

Divine Matrix saw the electronic day with Invisible Landscapes. His designer, Steve Barnes, exchanged his clothes of esoteric bard from New Day to question his modern electronic equipments of an approach that was much interested in a more complex EM. Then came the interesting Invisible Landscapes and the more than interesting Atmospheric Variations. Laid on 11 titles of an average length of 7 minutes, this last opus of Divine Matrix is an electronic journey in the heart of the links that unite the atmospheres of the earth and cosmos. Every title evolves in its atmospheric bubble where static, cosmic and earthly sound effects encircle atmospheres as much electronic as esoteric and rhythms as much heavy as static based on surprising sequences weavers of melodies.
"1000 Light Years" begin the musical odyssey with a delicate synth filet which waves with its reflections of ethereal voices, awakening some groaning musical tears which flow with grace on the strings of violins into carpets of mist. Sequences resound. As ions thrown in emptiness they float and answer to the echo of this cosmic corridor, drawing some fine linear movements with finely stroboscopic outlines. Another line with more crystal clear and melodious sequences emerges. Its keys swirl in the meditative trails of the floating ions, shaping a beautiful morphic melody with a soft and fascinating rhythm which will be the cradle of the duality of the ambiences and rhythms that live within the divided atmospheres of Atmospheric Variations. Playing constantly between cosmic and earthly sound elements, Steve Barnes weaves the lines of a surprising album where fine melodies are born from atmospheric dusts. "Jigokudani Springs" is a sweet contemplative ode where the notes of a dreamy piano flow in the middle of a static brook. Of innocent appearance, the melody is veiling itself of an Asian approach with a light rhythm which rebels in the breaths of a synth to circular waves and voices of a cosmic mermaid. We also find this kind of structure on "Weather Satellite" and its chords dancing like ballerina which magnetize the hearing and wind a long river covered with ghostly breaths. "Magentic Disturbances" spreads its oblong synth layers which coat the jingles of a disordered clock. There is a bit of zest of Tomita in this slow wrapping movement with orchestral synth layers which float such as winds of ether.
"Marine Forecast" is a small marvel which rests on fine sequences in movements of a spiral ballet. A wonderful melody, sung by a delicate piano of which the notes are prisoners of synth sighs, glides over this musical pearl which bewitches, both by its tranquility and its very ethereal approach. It’s simply splendid and we just can’t love it, as the very beautiful "Cloud Formations" and its superb morphic melody of which the sequenced carousels, the mists of Orion and the delicate absent rhythm are as much appealing as enchanting. "Strato Volcano" is another nice track fed by the influences of Software. If its first part makes us relaxing with a fine sequenced spiral which swirls in a dense orchestral veil of mist, the second wakes us with a spasmodic rhythm filled by sequences with sudden circular turns. After a title-track molded in the hesitating ions of "1000 Light Years" and from which the rhythm espouses a latent progressive crescendo, "Aurora Borealis" offers a beautiful melodious approach pounded by a good sequential movement. Charmer, the synth is whistling over this fine spiral rhythm that hooks on the very first listening. Following an intro imprinted of atmospheres, as we hear all over Atmospheric Variations' titles, "Birth of a Cyclone" offers a very beautiful sequential movement which winds delicately the notes of a bass line. At first fragile and slow, the rhythm grows heavy with a thick cloud of sequences which dance and swirl under a rain of chords, which plunge us in an ambience quite near the paths of Tangerine Dream on Underwater Sunlight era, and fine solos which glide as lassoes over a herd of undisciplined sequences. The contrasts, so much in rhythms than melody, are effective
Atmospheric variations with a rich sonic fauna which encircle subtle and fine electronic melodies that haunt the hearing among rhythms absent, elusive, raising and dying; such is the musical adventure proposed by Divine Matrix. Atmospheric Variations is one of the good surprises to get out of the AD Music label. It’s the kind of album brought out from nowhere, which is intensely electronic and which will please to the fans of an atmospheric EM with the fragrances of the genesis of the New Berlin School movement.
Sylvain Lupari (June 25th, 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=15319

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