dimanche 23 février 2014

ALLUSTE: Stelliferous Era (2014)

 “With its bunch of intertwined rhythms, as much melodic as hypnotic,Stelliferous Era is a great album which brings us back in this good time of sequenced mélodies from the New Berlin School era”

1 Star Dance 9:04
2 Source of Life 8:42
3 Winds of Terror 14:00
4 Quark Stars 9:16
5 Spiral Evolution 8:10
6 Electric Star 9:36
7 Bright Stars 10:50
8 Cosmic Gate 10:14

Bandcamp (DDL 79:54) ****½
(Melodic and ambient New Berlin School)
There is something rather unique in the music of Alluste. The Italian synthman likes exploiting movements of sequences with very harmonious rhythmic figures where the rhythms, as ambient as dreamy, split themselves in order to start other lines of rhythms among which the soft rebel movements which overlap and intertwine are coloring an ambient electronic rhythmic approach in perpetual movement. “Stelliferous Era” is Piero Monachello's 7th album who pursues the sonic road begun with his strong Boards of Stringana by presenting this pattern of melodic sequences of which the lead rhythmic threads are as much morphic than melancholic.
After an ambiospherical intro, with delicious rattlers which ring in the eddies of cosmic waters, "Star Dance" begins its delicate rhythmic ride such as a lonely cowboy who criss-crosses from his eyes his lost horizons. Holding onto a line of bass pulsations and shelling its small pebbles of rhythm, which skip in all directions, "Star Dance" gallops finely in the mists of Orion and of its ethereal voices. Circular and more harmonious than the ghost harmonies of the synths, the movement remains ambient while offering fine variances which at times intensify a spheroidal approach of which the only violence is to swirl more sharply. These ambient rhythms which float and nearly sing melodies are the strength of “Stelliferous Era” which, at some points, sounds so much like a
Brainwork opus. The music is very beautiful and flows like torrents harmonized by quiet furrows. We also find the same harmonious spheroidal pattern on the very beautiful "Bright Stars" and its harmonies which are more forged in synths singers and foggy, as well as on the very dreamy and ambient "Spiral Evolution" and its sequences in tones of glasses which try to awaken ambiences weaved very tight and where the cosmos breathes at full nose. The conclusion of "Spiral Evolution" in particular is simply wonderful. "Source of Life" shows a more threatening opening with black pulsations which skip in the nasal pads of a synth and its sinister harmonies. Gradually, the movement covers itself with a warmer veil while the ambient rhythm gets loose in order to offer these subtle rhythmic variances which are the charms of “Stelliferous Era”. Among them is a more contemplative passage with a keyboard which weaves a melody of which the solitary harmonies are hammered by melancholy and dream on an ambient structure whose gallop of sequences jostles some keys pressed to skip with more enthusiasm.
Surprise, "Winds of Terror" is not so terrifying with its delicate chords pinched from which the tones awaken memories of a certain
Vangelis and of his very nostalgic approaches. The melody is soft and dreamy. She sings in those granular mists and flows on a discreet rotatory movement of sequences. Little by little, and always softly, these sequences accelerate the pace; plunging "Winds of Terror" into a rhythmic whirlwind whose velocity is increased by winds became more violent. These melodies which pop out of nowhere in order to embellish these sequenced hypnotic movements are legion in “Stelliferous Era”. While she is singing in "Winds of Terror", another line of rhythm gets grafted. More harmonious, it divides as much the harmonies as a rhythm which swirls with more vigour and of which the spheroidal movements climb the mountains of mist from a synth always so discreet. You love this move? There are plenty over the 80 minutes that last Alluste's last album. These sequences forgeur harmonious rhythms are putting to sleep our contemplativity on "Quark Stars". The rhythm is ambient with keys of sequencer which dip the tip of their rhythmic momentum like one dips the end of our toe on an ice-cold pond of water. Skipping with fear, the sequences interact between them with fine transformations in their tones, which pass of bass to crystal clear, creating a painting of harmonious rhythm of which the lead lines offer subtle patterns of rhythms underlying which wriggle in the shadows of a synth with its hummings as dark as absent. The finale and its sequences which hiccup into some silvery mists inhale the ghostly rhythms of Tangerine Dream. Moreover, the influences of the Dream can also be felt on "Cosmic Gate", a title where the synths are clearly more melodious. They weave harmonies which coo like solos of nightingales on a more dynamic spheroidal structure with sequences which punch a more incisive, more jerked pace. This is some great New Berlin School with delicate fragrances of TD, in particular with these sequences which refuse to fall asleep in the last mists of ether. These mists of ether also feed the intro of "Electric Star". They finally end to be diluted into some morphic voices by a delicate circular movement of sequences. The hypnotic rhythm of "Electric Star" adopts the multitude of the melodic rhythms that offers Alluste all along “Stelliferous Era”; a beautiful album where the rhythms and their figures in perpetual movements dominate the synths whose discreet harmonies blow on patterns of sequences and their rhythms as much morphic than the melodies. This is a very good, a very musical EM album that I strongly recommend to those who love the New Berlin School style and its harmonic rhythms!

Sylvain Lupari (February 22nd, 2014)
gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca
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