1 DA14 22:13
2 Clippings 18:12
3 Brussels Return 21:16
4 Clippings - Reprise 5:32
Independent Bandcamp (DDL 67:19) ****½
(Vintage Berlin School and Cosmic Rock)
Oh that we find beautiful EM around the webs of Internet. “Music for Cosmic Nights” from Beyond Berlin is an album which passed totally under my radar in 2013. And it's undoubtedly one of very beautiful surprises of this year. Evidently with such a name, Beyond Berlin, eyebrows swell of skepticism, but ears always remain so curious. But they still ask for more of that kind of EM. Recorded within the framework of the cosmic nights' Festival at the Planetarium of Brussels on May 17th 2013, “Music for Cosmic Nights” is a real ode to Berlin School of the analog years when the dreamy rhythms of Klaus Schulze failed to cross the chthonian ambiences of Tangerine Dream. Rene de Bakker and Martin Peters make us travel between Timewind and Phaedra in cosmic moods which awaken in us the need to listen the music of Jean Michel Jarre. But the most attractive element of “Music for Cosmic Nights” is without a shadow of doubt the magnificent footbridges of sequences which modify the courses of static rhythms cut out by keys to lively and impromptu movements. A little as if Chris Franke had engendered pupils still unknown by all.
The drizzle dripping with walls of an oozing cave offer their crystal pearls to a brass band of synths and their slow and wrapping singings filled by aromas of apocalyptic organs. Synth wave are rolling with a soft effect of backwash whereas that the eschatological singings smother the lapping of drops in suspension, shaping an introduction from which the macabre motif brings us silently towards a delicate dance of jumping key. Tenuous in a Mephistophelian membrane, the rhythm of "DA14" sparkles and skips more that it moves. The movement is static and hypnotic with keys shining of harmonic tones as clear as some marbles clacking on a conveyor. Softly, this string of sequences scatters its keys which spread some weak adjacent rhythmic lights that the chloroformed envelopes of the synths are caressing of their sweetness. Another line of sequences emerges from this shining fog. We will hear a weak oniric singing which rolls in loop on a delicate line of rhythm which makes dance its keys skipping like feet of children on an ice-cold pond. The dance of the sequences which follows and its keys which skip in the shadows of others, molding these fabulous movements of sequenced canons, reminds the nice era of Timewind. Simply bewitching! Synth lines roll like cosmic waves on the intro of "Clippings". This time, the onset of the rhythm is hastier. It's a beautiful movement of sequences which skip in harmony with an ambient rhythm that synth waves wrap of an astral tenderness and of very melancholic breezes. The movement is very cosmic. But it starts to stir a little after the 7 minutes point with keys which jump and slam. Another line of bass sequences swirls and sneaks between the bangings, creating a protean rhythmic motif among which kicks and jolts burst in a pattern always rather cosmic with synths solos and breezes which remind me of Jean Michel Jarre's very cosmic universe. Afterward Rene de Bakker and Martin Peters offer us a course about the art of sequencing with keys which skip and tumble under the mocking singings of synths which sometimes awaken vague memories of the Dream. "Brussels Return" is the most ambient music piece of “Music for Cosmic Nights”, and this even with some great and delicate movements of the sequencers which embroider static and harmonious rhythms. They swirl in orbit, coated and sucked up by synth waves which roll and coo in soft astral chants. Needs to hear all the nuances with a good set of earphones. Wrapping and magnetizing. "Clippings - Reprise" takes back the very livened up portion of "Clippings". It's a beautiful way to be entailed straight away in the grooves of an attractive album which shows that the retro Berlin School genre has still some more charms to make listen. A great cosmic rock album! I'm looking forward to the following one.
Sylvain Lupari (March 20th, 2014)
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