jeudi 2 janvier 2014

FRATOROLER: Chez Ricco (2013)

“Chez Ricco takes back there where Looking Forward had left our appetite with an album filled of these vintage moods when Tangerine Dream was the master of our earphones”
1 Origami 19:47
2 Chez Ricco 19:18
3 Prismagenta 7:37
4 Violet Hour 18:30

SynGate | CD-r FR03 (CD-r 65:12) ****
(Vintage psychotronic Berlin School)

I'm always impressed when one succeeds to go in time and dig the old stumps in order to extract the forgotten seeds from it. Redoing old stuff with more original visions! It's the challenge that attack brilliantly Thomas Köhler and Frank Rothe since  Reflections hit the market in 2010. Sailing on the turbulent waters of Looking Forward, Fratoroler gets back haunting our ears with another fabulous intrusion in the corridors of time when Tangerine Dream was the master of our earphones. “Chez Ricco” takes back there where Looking Forward had left our appetite with an album divided between its black rhythms and its misty atmospheres. An album where the evolutionary structures borrow the sonic and rhythmic corridors of a Berlin School, sauce Tangerine Dream and their more contemporary roots.
And it is so that airs of a melody à la
Tangram genre open the very evolutionary "Origami". From the first chords, of which the musicality remains suspended in emptiness, "Origami" unfolds its intro where revolves a thick cloud of tones muddled up in its oriental aromas. It's there that a series of fluty notes sound like a memory of Tangram. The air is charmingly concealed in a thick down of harmonies contrasted which roam in an attractive mosaic a bit cacophonous whereas the uncertain rhythm of "Origami" makes tremble its sneaky steps. With sibylline winds which blow the darkness, "Origami" already embraces its 3rd skin in an electronic atmosphere where ooze ochred lines, chirp organi-cosmic tones, drum mislaid percussions and finally cries a piano and its shy notes stolen from the nebulas poetic ambiences of Tangram. We are at the dawn of the 8 minutes and "Origami" always shows its sonic embryo which spreads in all senses without really calling out for its rhythm. And it's two minutes later, with sequences which pound heavily, that this rhythm settles down. It quivers with these hyperactive sequences which team up with a more melodic line of rhythm. Nervous and feverish, the rhythm unfolds a spheroidal coat, waiting for other sequences which deeply drum  against the current (yes, that sounds like Franke) while synths, very discreet until now, shout of their singings and solos to long nasal twists which overfly a rhythmic violence constantly repressed near its frustration. The minutes pass and "Origami" won't shows any rhythmic violence, preferring rather to dive back into its misty atmospheres, as well as a surprising interlude a  bit jazzy (I hear Force Majeure here) whose limits between the rhythm and its atmospheres are very tenuous. And at around the 16th minute, "Origami" kisses its 5th skin with two lines of sequences, one clumsy and another one more melodic, which criss-cross and form a rhythm of which the ample oscillations skip under the singings of synth to the aromas more angelic than symphonic, sealing 20 minutes as indomitable as imperceptible. The title-track borrows the same evolutionary mosaic as "Origami", but with a clearly wilder approach. The intro is forged in a bed of cloudiness with choruses to the sibylline harmonies which hum on a slow macabre march and its uncertain rhythm which pounds dully in the twinklings of a melody dreaming at the mercy of its spaced out chords. A heavy rumbling shakes the ambiences and makes topple over the nebulous march of "Chez Ricco" towards a powerful black rhythm where heavy sequences alternate their steps into a rhythmic allegory of the beautiful vintages years of the retro Berlin School. It's black and it's powerful. And that ends by where the atmospheres of the Dream from the years Logos to Poland had already flirted. Comes then the 2nd part of “Chez Ricco” which presents a more atmospheric portion. After a track richly ambiospherical in "Prismagenta", "Violet Hour" presents a linear rhythm which drums in dense sonic spheres with ambiences as much dark and apocalyptic, bringing back the listener into the morphic lanes embraced by Looking Forward.

Sylvain Lupari (January 2nd, 2014)
gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca
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=16617 

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