mardi 4 mars 2014

LARS LEONHARD: [Burning Clouds] E.P. (2014)

“What we have here on this short EP is a great and smooth psybient EM which respects the horizons without borders of Ultimae Records”

1 Burning Clouds 5:37
2 Halos 5:42
3 Northern Lights 7:03

 Ultimae Records | inre066 (DDL 18:23) ***½
(Floating psybient EM)

It is necessary to give a very attentive ear to all which goes out of the Ultimae Records label. Recognized to produce an EM in the sound pallets soaked with panoramic colors as diversified as birdsongs, the label from Lyon has this gift to put between our ears a kind of music as sophisticated as delicious. An ambient music immersed in a sound fauna where the heterogeneous noises are eventually shaping some mesmerizing melodies with psychedelic eurhythmies which go along with the morphic rhythms. German composer, whose music is regularly used by the NASA to illustrate their videos, Lars Leonhard is the last taking of Ultimae Records. The one who had seduced with a music piece where the rhythm removes seeds of metallic bangings in an ambience as much ambiospherical than claustrophobic on the Mahiane's Oxycanta III compilation (Slow Motion) thus returns with a series of digital E.P. which will be available via the Ultimae Records download platform. The first chapter of this new sonic adventure is entitled “[Burning Clouds]”. An E.P. which reflects the boldnesses of this label whose each new release knows how to charm the most intuitive ears.
The title-track invites us to the last sonic feast of Lars Leonhard with a slow rhythm, anchored on fine bass pulsations, discreet hand clappings and bangings of percussions which beat in the reverberations of hoops resounding of metallic colors. An enchanting evanescent melody roams and scatters its quivering singing arpeggios in soft winds, where furtive chords and their hesitating steps give the lead to an ambient, almost organic, rhythm and where we float more than we move. Lively and mesmerizing, "Halos" offers a livelier structure of rhythm with cosmic gases, organic stammerings and sober percussions which encircle the vicious undulations of a bass line which not only fed the rhythm but also serves as melodic motif to a very cosmic sonic environment. Espousing a constant gradation in his figures of rhythms, Lars Leonhard concludes this first E.P. with a track which mixes softly the ethereal moods of "Burning Clouds" and the more solid rhythm of "Halos"."Northern Lights" ties its rhythm on pulsations of which the arrhythmic and harmonious flow blends its rhythm to delicate metallic bangings. The harmonies are made and come undone with synth pads and their undecided forms, a little as circles in a crystal clear water, floating like spectres in an attractive sonic constellation where everything which roams tries a melody.
Very good, but especially very attractive, “[Burning Clouds]” gives the kick-off to a promising musical series where the cosmos makes sing its organic elements in structures of rhythm as ambient as floating. Those who know the musical creations of the
Ultimae Records label will be on familiar ground because this first E.P. from Lars Leonhard respects in every aspect the horizons of this label where the music, the imagination and the boldness have no borders.

Sylvain Lupari (March 3rd, 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=16797

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