jeudi 13 décembre 2012

STEVEN LANCE: East Setting Sun (2012)

“I don't know if it's because I listened Fringe Runner before East Setting Sun, but I found this last album of Steven Lance a bit more musical”
1 One Clap Ending 7:52
2 The Potokar Incident 5:31
3 Gremlins Workin’ Here 5:44
4 With what Time we Have 5:52
5 Viewing Infinity 5:41
6 A Palestinian State of Mind 7:05
7 Can you hear the Call 5:43
8 N _ R _ K 5:04
9 Crossing Vast Wasteland 6:03

STEVEN LANCE | (CD-R 56:49) ***¾ (Experimental, psybient, progtronic and...all!)

The very first time that the music of Steven Lance crossed my loudspeakers, Lise looked at me of a disconcerted air. So much noises for so few harmonies! It was with Fringe Runner! Well, “East Setting Sun” always disguises the frenzies of the New York synthesist with a musical approach as much dishevelled where the cacophonous rhythms and the organic elements terrorize melodies that have difficulty in blowing. With as backcloth the injustices and inequities as well social, politics and economic “East Setting Sun” is a shout of the heart on the music always rebellious of Steven Lance.
From the start "One Clap Ending" introduces us to
Steven Lance's colorful universe. The rhythm tries to climb a multitude of dunes, slowing down thus an absurd race among harmonious kicks, attacks of cymbals and glockenspiel keys. We feel quite well a melody which tries to survive through these fleeting pads, but the repeated attacks by this mixture of noisy rhythms and harmonies are reducing this melody to its perpetual embryonic state which tickles the hearing due to its innocent virginity. "The Potokar Incident" is an organic psybient filled by lines, layers and crisscrossed pads which weave a thick cloud of sound radioactivities. The structure reminds me of Exploring Uncharted Planet and A Solution for Strangeland from Fringe Runner with its broth of pulsations and percussions which foment disorder, amplifying a dynamic which sounds out of tune with this ambient approach. Divided into two phases, "Gremlins Workin' Here" goes out of its atmospheric intro to dive into an ambivalent harmonious frenzy. I hear bits and pieces of Earthstar (French Skyline) with these pads of perturbed voices which hum an opera for schizophrenics. We really are in the deep of an abstracted art here, quite as in "Viewing Infinity" and its surprising voices which roll in loops in very good celestial arrangements.
"With what Time we Have" offers a more calculated rhythm with heavy pulsations which pound in all senses, trying to bind themselves onto jazzy percussions which drum out of rhythm in a very electronic musical envelope. It's particular, different but it hooks on the ear and it fills quite well a headphone, as in "A Palestinian State of Mind" which presents on the other hand a more accessible and quieter structure, especially with this line of sequences which winds among the cawings of a beautiful bass line. It's the most electronic track of “East Setting Sun”. "Can you hear the Call" hesitates between jazz and tribal mood. There are some good moments scattered on this structure muffled by the paradox of rhythm and ambience. And the antipodes as rhythmic as melodic get multiplying with "N _ R _ K" which pounds on a bed of sequences and undisciplined pulsations. The layers of organ built a black harmonious structure which goes astray into sinuous resonances, concealing the beatings which weave a silky cacophonous approach. Still there we are in the abstract filled to the top, quite as in "Crossing Vast Wasteland" and its jazzy rhythm livened up by agile percussions of which the fervent beatings stop to let glide some brief ambiophonic interludes, there where are born soft pads which float adrift on a very good jazz structure.
I don't know if it's because I listened
Fringe Runner before “East Setting Sun”, but I found this last album of Steven Lance a bit more musical, more structured. Certainly the ears must be curious in order to seize well all the anarchic nuances which teem there except that the whole is far from being indigestible. It's a more musical anti-music which addresses a target public. For fans of musical experiments which are very juicy inside headphones, there where lies all the strength of this universe of eclectic interbreedings that is the one of Steven Lance.
Sylvain Lupari (December 11th, 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=15744

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