samedi 19 janvier 2013

JEROME FROESE: The Speed of Snow (EP 2009)

“The Speed of Snow is a very good EP and a nice complement to Shiver Me Timbers”

1 The Speed of Snow 6:36 
2 A Cold Spell in Spring 5:53 
3 Summer Light Fantastic 5:46

Ricochet Dream | RD044 (CD-EP 18:15) ***½
(Melodious pop EM)

You loved Shiver Me Timbers? You will be crazy about this mini EP. Jerome Froese became a whole one-man band. A studio wizard who managed to compose strong EM pieces which are mainly harmonious and sometimes complex. On the other hand we are at the opposite of conventional EM. “The Speed of Snow”, as Shiver Me Timbers, is EM of a soft techno style. It's a bit like Depeche Mode, without the singing, or Ulrich Schnauss but with a more eclectic approach where the music kisses light tints of cosmos.
The title track starts with small chime keys, a little as on A Mellow Morning (Shiver Me Timbers), before diving on a more jerked rhythmic structure. The rhythm becomes heavy and dense where riffs of guitar and lamentations of synth support the delicate harmonies of the introductory arpeggios of which the euphonies sparkle on military drums rolling. Both convivial and complex, Jerome Froese's musical universe explodes of a melodious freshness which bends on heavy rhythms interrupted by hyper melodious passages. A romantic introduction opens "A Cold Spell in Spring". Jerome strums an acoustic guitar which courts cosmos. These light riffs are hiding behind subtle arpeggios which don't reach either heavens or stars but well and truly our ears. Slowly a world of echo surrounds the structure which floats in the harmonies of an ethereal six string with good chiselled solos. This is a beautiful track where Jerome flirts with spatial music. "Summer Light Fantastic" stumbles on nervous guitar chords and a synth with tetanized strata before undertaking a frenzied bend on a caustic and hopping bass which couples its rhythm with percussions to hammerings subtly furious. A bipolar track where the wild rhythm is next to harmonies which bloom in a more crystal clear and harmonious universe, "Summer Light Fantastic" spreads the outlines of a surprising musical paradox which depicts marvellously the depth of this brilliant artist who, I feel, will often amaze us.
The Speed of Snow” is a very good EP and a nice complement to Shiver Me Timbers and a beautiful continuity of the styles offered in Neptunes. Two works that I have just lay my hands on and that I will talk to you about in a near future.

Sylvain Lupari (November 13th, 2009 and translated on December 22nd, 2012)
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