dimanche 10 mars 2013

KLAUS SCHULZE: Shadowlands Limited Edition (2013)

“This second cd of Shadowlands is much more for the collectors and the die-hard fans of Klaus Schulze than for a public ready to finally discover the Master”

CD 1(75:42)
1 Shadowlights 41:12
2 In Between 17:07
3 Licht und Schatten 17:23
CD 2 (73:14)
1 The Rhodes Violin 55:24
2 Tibetan Loop 17:50

Synthetic Symphony ‎– SPV 260070 2CD (148:56) ***½
(Contemporary, eclectic and minimalist ambient EM)

Why two chronicles for the same album? Well because said album is presented in two formats; a simple album which will survive the special edition of two discs, but especially because the global note for “Shadowlands” would suffer enormously if I will melt both chronicles in a single one. You see me coming?
A great majority of comments are very laudatory concerning this 2nd CD offered in limited edition. I am quite enough shared about it. By moments (yes it could happen to the Master) our friend 
Schulze has the annoying mania to want at all costs to fill the 80 minutes of the digital bits of the silvery disc. It's a little bit what happens on this second disc of “Shadowlands” which puts us into our ears a much too long minimalist dissection of "The Rhodes Violin". True that the small gleaming arpeggios which sparkle in Oriental moods, into the tears and riffs of Thomas Kagermann's violin and his vague prayers are mesmerizing. Also true that the rhythm, absent in the beginning, which is drawn and which increases by some sequencer keys fitting into a wound stroboscopic movement, that the bass line which pumps its round and hopping chords and that the percussions which pulse a delicate techno for zombies are ending by offering one of these always magnetic rhythms on behalf of the Master of the electronic serial art. But it's also true that "The Rhodes Violin" suffers of these too long minutes between each of these aforesaid musical elements are integrating in order to harmonize its 56 minutes scattered in the spheres of boredom. Truncated of 20 minutes, and "The Rhodes Violin" would have been as delicious as "Shadowlights" is. "Tibetan Loop" leads us at another level with a fascinating spiritual incantation chanting on the wings of an abstract musical art. The synth waves are dark and strangely musical. They weave these walls of comfort which bear the weight of the vocalized heresies created by Schulze where the violins of Kagermann get lost within a skillful fusion of two musical entities which confuse the hearing with enchantment. Except that "Tibetan Loop" is all of ambiences. It's a mixture of lunar and clanic ambience with singings which are more Berber than Tibetans. Chants which get lost in a wind mosaic where synth and violins mislaid their fragile nomadic harmonies, confirming by moments all the questioning on the necessity of this 2nd cd which is more for the collectors and the die-hard fans of Klaus Schulze.

Sylvain Lupari (March 10th, 2013)
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=15934

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