dimanche 9 septembre 2012

IDEATION: Adrift (2009)

“Built in the paths of a more progressive Berlin School, Adrift is stuffed with sound surprises and unexpected melodies which charm on disconcerting rhythms”

1 Function & Disorder 8:56
2 Cherry Pie 1:18
3 Zeitgeist 10:22
4 Unreality 6:12
5 Gruber’s Great Aunt 6:26
6 Bom Badda Boom 10:17
7 Adrift 14:45

RICOCHET DREAM: RD040 (CD 58:16) ***¾

Once again the Ricochet Dream label proposes us an album more than interesting; “Adrift” from Ideation, a new duet consisted of Paul Nagle (Joint Intelligence Committee, Binar, STDM, Headshock and Far From Stars) and Air Sculpture's Pete Ruczynski. An artistic union which transcends the audacious limits that Nagle had establishes with Andy Pickford for Binar and STDM.
The intro of "Function and Disorder" is in the purest Nagle tradition. Dark and scheming, it's fed by voices which whisper an uncertain paranoia among lugubrious tremulous oscillations and caustic reverberations. We totally are into the delirious world of Nagle when percussions of a virgin aboriginal world build a rhythm which deploys into a cacophonous down-tempo to flirt among stroboscopic hoops and fine lines of flutes, plunging the listener into a sound fauna as denser as the jungles of tropical forests. The rhythm jerked by a hatched and echoing sequence, where voices and oriental flute get tangled in a progressive heresy, "Function and Disorder" is not without calling back Wuivend Riet from Johannes Schmoelling. "Cherry Pie" is a short fluty interlude which leads us up to the first notes of "Zeitgeist" and its intro flourishing with tribal percussions of the Middle East which a sweet layer of a foggy synth covers of an ethereal veil.
Chords swirl delicately to converge on a delicate dance which increases gradually the pace of "Zeitgeist" which now undulates with a nice velocity on a beautiful bed of an oscillating sequenced approach. It’s a very good progressive Berlin School which glides in a hypnotic whirlpool to give free court to a whistling synth among which the harmonies and more tinkled keys are wrapping the title in a zone of comfort with protective pads.
Percussions with an African rhythm are structuring the unbridled pace of "Unreality". Still there we are immersed into the Paul Nagle frenzied and wild sound world. The rhythm is steady but at the same at the opposite to the sound atmospheres which pour randomly on this frenzied movement which can easily be compare to a dance for zombies on acid. Murmurs and voices among streaks and laments of whales feed by twisted metal in a corrosive oceanic ambience, thanks to of Phil Smillie's guitar, the very ambiophonic and atmospheric "Gruber’s Great Aunt" leads us towards the brilliant "Bom Badda Boom". Nested on a nervous sequencer with chords which hop in the sails of a synth with layers of angelic choirs, "Bom Badda Boom" is raising quite gently among a pleiad of sound effects which charm and intoxicate with this electronic sweetness which ends in an edible strangeness. Contrary to its naming the rhythm is soft, even melancholic, with a beautiful harmonious structure which sometimes swells with light jolts of sequences which run away with a tamable din into a luxuriant sound fauna where the cawing of toads take on a strange appearance of animal poetry. It’s another very beautiful title where complexity espouses easily harmony. Showing an intro tinted by romanticism with a smooth piano which displays an unexpected sentimentality, the title-track starts sensitively. Piano notes are encircled by a guitar and a synth with caustic streaks up until a hopping sequence resizes a vaporous structure. Rotary the rhythm is constantly pecked by a shy guitar and a piano became less sentimental which plunge "Adrift" into a cloudiness structured by a moderate pace, where sound and vocal effects evaporate in the lamentations of a solitary guitar to conclude “Adrift” into its paradoxical but very musical structures.
Built in the paths of a more progressive Berlin School, this first opus of Ideation is stuffed with sound surprises and unexpected melodies which charm on disconcerting rhythms, reminding by moments the works of Joint Intelligence Committee and of Binar; 2 musical projects where Paul Nagle showed all of his progressive and technoid vision of a contemporary EM which is dying of envy to offers its new structures to less timorous ears.

Sylvain Lupari (June 2nd, 2009 and translated on September8th, 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=12161

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