lundi 26 août 2013

TASTENKLANG: Inspirations (2013)

“Unpretentious, Tastenklang's Inspirations is an album filled of charming rhythms and great catchy melodies which should appeal the fans of synth-pop and New Berlin School”
1 First Contact 4:48
2 Choons 4:36
3 Melody O L 7:02
4 Tastenklang 8:48
5 Starry Sky 8:33
6 Funny Beats 7:48
7 Daydream 5:20
8 Melancholic Moments 7:10
9 Groove Machine 5:26
10 Northern Light 8:24

SynGate | CD-r DG01 (CD-r 67:55) ***½
(Very melodious New Berlin School)
Definitely, the SynGate label doesn't stop pulling a rabbit out of its musical bag. After E-Tiefengrund and Realtime it's the turn of Tastenklang to come charming our ear with a beautiful musical album which shows that EM can be whistled as well as danced. Oscillating between the rhythmic approaches of the synth-pop and the IDM Düsseldorf School style as well as Jean Michel Jarre's more contemporary electronic rhythms, “Inspirations” evolves on Teutonic minimalist structures with automated rhythms and lobotomised melodies whose fragile harmonies depends on the balance between the catchy rhythms and the often cosmic and sometimes organic atmospheres.
"First Contact" wears its naming marvellously. Daniel Gessert couldn't choose a better track-name to depict the musical universe which surrounds a first opus fills by very New Berlin School scents where the fragrances of Software, post cosmic and experimental, float in rhythmic envelopes of a sleepy Kraftwerk. This first track establishes the link between silence and music by some cosmic chirpings which drag in their furrow a line of rhythm spitting its jerked keys and accept the linear dance of the percussions. Robotics, even cybernetic, the rhythm is catchy. It dances slowly, unifying the percussions and chords of a resonant bass line to skip into the morphic mists of a synth with perfumes of ether. Softly, the rhythm of "First Contact" gathers musical stars which sparkle like harmonious prisms, accompanying a fine dreamy melody whistled by a synth more musical than experimental. After a first track impregnated of a rhythm easily accessible, Tastenklang presents us the very melodic side of “Inspirations”. A tick-tock awakens a line of sequences to the crystal clear tones of gleaming arpeggios which interlace in a sweet morphic reverie. "Choons" charms our ears immediately with a delicate passel of iridescent prisms (I hear Thierry Fervant's Univers) which swirl into an indefatigable spiral and draw a delicious lobotomised melody where the fragile tune flits around in vapors of oniric voices while being finely shaken by strikings of percussions to manual tones. Lively and freshly musical, these two tracks are the onset of a series of tracks with nice rhythms. Rhythms as much fragile and easy to assimilate that the soft morphic melodies that they carry to the tip of the robotics chords. And without knowing it, we have just fallen into the seduction trap of “Inspirations”. Because all which follows is as well beautiful as good, even if sometimes that rocks rather hardly, like with "Melody O L" and its powerful circular rhythm. A stroboscopic rhythm which navigates between the melodies of the kind synth-pop à la Visage (Fade to Grey) and the contemporary hot-pink rhythms of Jean Michel Jarre. Let's say that the floorboards are dancing wildly with this virulent techno, with a rhythm stuffed by heavy movements of a technoïd staccato which spits noisy, but musical ions, while freeing a catchy electronic melody which is reminiscent of Pop Corn from Jarre. If you like the genre, "Groove Machine" is not outdone. As so heavy, but slower, it offers a good spherical structure, like a good cosmic techno, while that "Funny Beats" offers a suppler dance structure, slightly tinged of a fine cosmic envelope. The rest? Pure harmonious tenderness!
You have to hear the eponym track of Daniel Gessert's musical project name in order to seize all the dimension of this work with so many hypnotic futuristic melodies. "Tastenklang" begins innocently. With tap-dancing which clink such as hits of a wearied typist whose knocks float in a cotton mist. A line of sequences unveils its delicate arpeggios which, noiselessly, subdivide their ringings in two harmonious lines which are harpooned by percussions as simplistic as effective. We hook on! The keyboard frees sparkling riffs which destabilize our focus while that "Tastenklang" lets fly its 8 minutes by releasing filets of harmonies which swirl like these musical ballerinas which enchanted our children's ears. Except that this time the approach is more modernist, more robotics with chords of glass which sing and ring on a structure of which the mesmerizing minimalist approach fattens a rhythm become heavier. A rhythm which is closer of a soft down-tempo, although always morphic, a bit jerky and of which we have never feel the hatching comes in this way. This is great and strangely musical. "Starry Sky" and "Melancholic Moments" are also very good musical down-tempos with ambient rhythms while "Daydream" offers a very beautiful melodious approach with sober chords saddened with a melancholic tenderness which float between the multiple filets of sequences to tones a bit crystalline. Molded on the same model of increasing minimalist rhythm of "Tastenklang", "Northern Light" closes “Inspirations” with a robotics rhythm which increases its pace and its heaviness in the course of its 8 minutes while chiselling a fine melodic approach which magnetizes the hearing between an array of organicosmic tones, exposing  aptly all the harmonious universe of “Inspirations”.
This first album of Tastenklang is unpretentious. Daniel Gessert proposes a simple and very catchy EM where the melody dominates on rhythms wrapped up in envelopes of synth-pop, down-tempos or IDM. A shy IDM, except for 2 to 3 tracks, where the fragrances of New Berlin School get entangled in a Düsseldorf School as harmonious as fictionalized. I would say that it's the perfect album to get initiated to a shy, but effective, universe of EM which is not that far from the cosmic spaces. If we like Jarre, Software and, at the limit Kraftwerk, we shall be in good company with Tastenklang's “Inspirations”.

Sylvain Lupari (August 25th, 2013)
Cette chronique est également 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=16354

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