jeudi 13 septembre 2012

LOREN NERELL: Slow Dream (2012)

“Profoundly ambient and wrapping, Loren Nerell's Slow Dream is a beautiful balance between mysticism and musical poetry”

1 Mentation 28:40
2 Slow Dream 10:29
3 A Sense of Presence 19:28
4 Persistence of Dream Imagery 8:31

PROJEKT| PRO00271 (CD 67:10) ***½

Loren Nerell is an American composer and musician who likes dark ambient music and Balinese Gamelan, a musical style made of various gongs and metallophones from the Indian and Malaysian origins. “Slow Dream” is his 7th opus. It’s an album of an extreme inner tranquillity where the drones of silvery breathes caress our senses with an infinite contemplative serenity. Set apart the opening track, “Slow Dream” is a somber reflection on musical universes which recall with delight the heavy and ambient music of Steve Roach whom the presence on mastering is directly reflecting on drones and passive curves of this last effort of Loren Nerell.
"Mentation" plunges us into the fascinating musical universe of Gamelan with its long cyclic adventure carried away by the intonations of the gongs and metallophones which quietly forge an enchanting spiritual approach, like some oniric songs caressing the grooves of our ears. This longitudinal title which clocks the 30 minutes length begins with breaths of life which espouse the reverberations of the gongs of which the ringing are singing of their silvered reflections an ode to peace of mind. I have already heard this contemplative approach on The Sky of Mind from Ray Lynch which is however more melodious than “Slow Dream”. Here, no rhythms or melodies. Everything is centred on relaxation and mental appeasement which evolve among fine and subtle variations brought by a synth to breezes of mist. Breezes which subdivide their breaths, bringing a delicate poetic contrast on the metallic stanzas of the gongs which are hiding between sound and silence of souls. The title-track encroaches on the lugubrious finale of "Mentation", pursuing this long atonal odyssey among the somber breaths of an absent synth which float as black angels on an earth of perdition. Less Gamelan and closer to the electronic spheres of a dark ambient musical universe, "Slow Dream" widens its veil of mysticism through its delicate drones which crisscross a subterranean world to the thousand rustles of a strange immersive paranoia. By moments, one would believe to relive the wonderful and quiet world of Steve Roach's Immersion series with this heavy meditative approach which puts to sleep "Slow Dream", as well as on "A Sense of Presence" from which the hollow breezes shake the curves of opposition to progress and awake a strange fauna of a hybrid world. The more we move forward and the more the breaths of synths implode into somber cataclysmic tumults, awakening a universe stuffed with avenging spectres which blow their disagreements among intense drones with incantations as much mephistophelic than celestial. "Persistence of Dream Imagery" ends “Slow Dream” with the same Balinese approach of "Mentation", except that this time Loren Nerell adds some vestiges of a western universe with metallic noises which roam here and there, lost between silence and noise, between day and night. Like a reflection of an industrialized universe mislaid in the immersive universe of the meditative contemplations on Balinese Gamelan music.
I always said it; there is only Steve Roach to draw curves on lines and it’s the enchantment behind “Slow Dream”. Profoundly ambient and wrapping, this last opus of Loren Nerell is a beautiful balance between mysticism and musical poetry. It’s as darker as it can be beautiful and, especially, it’s as well charming than it’s quiet. For fan of dark ambient with a beautiful exploratory touch.

Sylvain Lupari (September 13th, 2012)
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