jeudi 10 avril 2014

KELLER & SCHONWALDER: Pure Relaxation (2013)

“With Pure Relaxation, the Manikin label transcends the way and colors of relaxation music such as shown by the American market under the name of New Age
1 Regeneration (Detelf Keller) 25:18
2 Floating Images (Mario Schönwälder) 24:11
3 The Inner Light (Thomas Fanger) 25:52
Manikin|MRCD9001(CD 75:26)
***½

(Ambient and relaxing EM)

Life is stressful? The problems of the everyday life get over us and we have some difficulty sleeping? The pains eat us away and deteriorate long minutes, even hours, of daily life? If so, then “Pure Relaxation” from Thomas FangerDetlev Keller and Mario Schönwälder is one of very beautiful antidotes that I heard recently. Far from being banal New Age which exploits to wear ropes and seraphic voices too much cliché, “Pure Relaxation” is a relaxing, soothing music which fits the rules and the principles of the long minimalist works with slow, but constant evolutions, of the German label Manikin. The 3 accomplices go of their very stylized touches on 3 long music pieces where harmonies, ambiences and esotericism flirt with the very personal seal of Fanger, Keller and Schönwälder.
A little as a rough draft thought which little by little takes its shape, "Regeneration" drags its peace of mind with hesitating arpeggios of which the tones of mirrors dance in the shadows of a line of bass sequences to the motionless pulsations. The reverberations are of crystal and a somber perfume of nostalgia floats above the first seconds of "Regeneration" when another line of sequences gets loose to forge a soft melodic tick-tock which rings in the sighs of fictitious violins and cellos. These sequences swirl like ballerinas of glass, colliding their feet and elbows in a soft passive duel to finally draw a morphic melody whose minimalist approach is coated of dense clouds of mist. A soft flute rises over this harmonious pendulum where are still dragging uncertain arpeggios. The union is seraphic. The dreams take shape. And when a melancholic piano invites itself throughout the fog, "Regeneration" reaches its paroxysm of serenity. Certainly the movement is ambivalent. Sometimes it is dreamy, sometimes it is just absentee with chords lost in the trails of cymbals. But always it comes back to its minimalist basis lost in mists, thoughts and orchestrations. These flutes, as these violins and voices which roam such as spectres floating on the down of pearls strummed with anvil, call out to a serenity which accepts gladly the caresses of our eyelids over our eyes while we remember of these soft unexpected melodies of
Detlev Keller's solo works, in particular Harmonic Steps or still Behind the Tears. Very beautiful! We are in weightlessness between the cosmos and the ocean with the very ambient "Floating Images" from Mario Schönwälder which, by the way, wears its naming marvellously. It's a long morphic music piece where our ears are mixing with fascination the waves of synths which float like submarine waves or seraphic wings. We hear voices murmured, as sung, dark themes here of which the weak harmonies appear to come from the oceanic bottom. A line of bass throws furtive chords which seem to snore in dense ethereal vapors while a line of sequence emerges from this sonic silence and made zigzag its keys which chirp and trample a strange organic dance. Keyboard chords are popping up, adding a morphic depth to this long track where our ears are constantly dumbfounded by this meshing of synth lines with colors and harmonies protean. This is very deep and very relaxing. This impression to be under the water persists with "The Inner Light" and its skeleton of rhythm slightly groovy where the lines of bass create subtle effects of organic swirls. On the other hand Thomas Fanger exploits a rather tantric approach with an esoteric structure very near the Hindu hypnotic trances. Clanic percussions and effects of sitar decorate lines of synth and fine solos filled with mist which raise their harmonies on an extremely mesmerizing structure which reminds me a little Mind Over Matter's ambient and very musical rhythms, but especially of Osamu Kitijama on his brilliant and famous The Source. This is quite good.
The dreamy and romantic harmonies of
Detlev Keller to the profound ambient and meditative structures of Mario Schönwälder by passing by the delicate groovy movements of Thomas Fanger, “Pure Relaxation” brings new colors, new dimensions to the word of relaxation music. Without denying the origins of the minimalist and hypnotic structures so dear to the movement of Berlin School, “Pure Relaxation” transcends the borders of New Age such as defined by the American market. This is a very progressive, even audacious, way of doing music for relaxation or meditation where the electronic charms of Berlin School breathe in ambiences to weave waking dreams. I liked this a lot and it has landing in my IPod for night music. A DVD version is also available, just to modify the images that our imagination embroiders a little more in each new listening.
Sylvain Lupari (April 10th, 2014)

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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=16989 

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