mercredi 20 juin 2012

LOOM: Scored (2012)

"Scored is simply wonderful! It's a great concert which makes us wish that Tangerine Dream could imitate this fraction of its roots"
CD 1
1 Palace of Dreams 5:14
2 Modulation Agents 7:15
3 La Marche 8:11
4 Catwalk 8:18
5 Going West 5:39
6 Matjora is Still Alive 5:10
7 A Room in the House Closed to the Public 6:23
8 A Long Way Home 5:40
9 Abacus 5:35
10 Crystal Red 5:21
  CD 2
1 Circles 3:54
2 Towards the Evening Star 6:10
3 Rise of the Smooth Automaton 4:22
4 My Reality at 52 Degrees of Latitude 6:12
5 Cartoony Universe 7:59
6 White Eagle 5:31
7 Beach Theme 9:12
8 Mellow Morning 4:23
9 Time and Tide 7:36
10 Choronzon 6:36

VIKTORIAPARK: VP-18 113 (2CD 123:56)

There are moments like that! Moments which illuminate the senses, revive the souvenirs and make us dream. Fortunate are the ones who were able to attend the concert given by Johannes Schmoelling, Jerome Froese and Robert Waters at the E-Live festival on October 2011. Fortunate because for them this magic moment will remain engraved in their memories, while the others (us) will have to content of imagined these moments by the waves of this superb hearing witness whom is Scored. As mentioned so well by Schmoelling; Loom is the contagious insistence of 2 young wolves of EM who imagined the impact to join their enthusiast to the very melodic and cartesian approach of the Austrian musician. And the result, to say the least for this concert, exceeds the most naive expectations. Diving into the repertoires of Tangerine Dream , Johannes Schmoelling and Jerome FroeseScored offers a very strong performance with an electric concert where the presented titles leave the cosy comfort of the usual chloroformic performances.
Alone with his piano, Johannes Schmoelling jostles our feelings with a vibrating version of "Palace of Dreams
". Sometimes delicate, sometimes aggressive; TD's ex-member toys with his notes, as with our souvenirs, demonstrating his virtuosity to hypnotize an audience with an approach as melancholic as romantic, in particular on "Circles" which is in the full heart of an electronic fury. First novelty on Scored, "Modulation Agents" reminds me of the atmospheres and rhythms of Near Dark. The sequences are flit around with their wings of steel a heavy and static rhythm which bubbles literally on the multiple strikings and chords from the sequencer and e-percussions, while the synths and Jerome's guitar scratch the rhythmic calcification of ghostly streaks and echoing riffs. A superb fluty synth covers the heavy and ascending rhythm of "La Marche" ¸ which is wrapping itself of an air from the Quichotte/Tangram era. After "Catwalk" pummeled by riffs of a heavy guitar with solos of fire (strange, me who always found this track annoying), "Going West" brings us towards another period of Tangerine Dream with a remarkable interpretation. An interpretation all in warmth and nuance, where synths are musically divine and the sequencing is magnificently reproduced with more emphasis. It’s a great version to make Edgar go pale. And that doesn't stop there! "Matjora Is Still Alive" is returned with an incredible correctness. All the sweetness and the complexity of this track as much intriguing as melodious are played with a surprising sensibility. The notes of piano pinch the hearing with a piercing musicality, displaying all the precision of Schmoelling to deeply move the order of emotions. Even if the rhythm of "A Room in the House Closed to the Public" is floating, it is of lead when placed between two melodious approaches of Schmoelling. The riffs are howling, the solos incisive and the sequences admirably well programmed. That gives a heavy and very electronic ambience to Scored whose setlist is well polished up and an immense depth to the proposed titles. Like "A Long Way Home" which sees its melancholic and melodic scent being heightened by a more alive and less gloomy approach when situated between two heavyweight such as "A Room in the House Closed to the Public" and the ebullient and nervous "Abacus". "Crystal Red" is another new track signed Jerome Froese. It’s a title which is in the same vein as we find on the excellent Shiver me Timbers and its intro gives the shiver. The rhythm and the harmonious structure are very near the works of Tangerine Dream with a synth filled by strident solos and a tune which hooks instantly the hearing.
The first keys of "Towards the Evening Star" pierce the enchanted silence established by "Circles" and the quiet harmonies of Schmoelling. And the proposed version is sunk into Jerome's heavy riffs who spits fire. These riffs, carried at arm's length by strong percussions, mixed in the sweetness of synths draw a suave paradox between the sweetness and violence on a title of which the interpretation brings out all of the fury. Especially placed before the very quiet and melodic "Rise of the Smooth Automaton" whose romantic sweetness gives us the taste to discover The Zoo of Tranquility which misses to my culture as well as in my discotheque. Afterward fall "My Reality at 52 Degrees of Latitude" and its lugubrious intro worthy of a good horror or suspense movie and "Cartoony Universe". Two explosive and powerful tracks which depict Jerome Froese's incredible rhythmic universe. Melodic the guitar is also wild, while the rhythms are as much fluid as static. The concert ends with a rather beautiful play of "White Eagle" and a masterly of "Beach Theme" where Jerome's guitar is as much romantic and moving as that of his father. "Mellow Morning" is the first Encore and its languishing rhythm espouses quite well the tangent begun by "White Eagle". "Time And Tide" takes quite another dimension on Scored. Placed in this universe where the vestiges of the Dream are teeming, we would believe to hear a track forgotten in the vaults of the mythical German trio, from which "Choronzon" encloses with a revitalized version where the melodic charm of the fluty synths survive to the charges of Jerome Froese's guitar riffs.
Scored is simply wonderful! It‘s a big show engraved on CD, of which we can see fragments on You Tube (Time And Tide), with an impressive setlist where each of the proposed tracks finds its new dimension. Whether it is of Tangerine Dream, Johannes Schmoelling or Jerome Froese, the titles melt themselves in their ambiences with a very beautiful balance between ballads, pensive melodies, bubbling riffs from a guitar with incisive solos, synths solos and harmonies of as well as sequences and the percussions which are the heart of this concert which is the proof that EM, as much cold as you think it could be, can be as well dynamic as warm, as any rock concert.

Sylvain Lupari (June 20th, 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=15312
* A video of Time and Tide is available on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gThiMRFjUtk

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