mardi 27 mai 2014


“Audacious, intelligent and well done, Spiralo is a superb blend of AshRa an early Schulze”
1 Spiralo: Seite A (Teilen I - III) 19:10
Teil I (4:16)
Teil II (12:04)
Teil III (2:50)
2 Spiralo: Seite B (Teilen IV - VI) 19:10
Teil IV (4:56)
Teil V (8:49)
Teil VI (5:25)

Svart Records LP (DDL 38:20) ****
(Vintage psy/prog EM)

More than a sonic journey in cosmos; the image, the artistic etiquette and the music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is a real journey in the time when the Krautrock merged with an EM still dipped into the uncertainty of its movements. In the time when the vinyl was a king. In the time when our ears had the same curiosity as our eyes. In the time when the music transcended its vocation. After very striking Kometenbahn; one of the best, if not the best, album of 2013, the Finnish quartet comes back to blurring the spheres of contemporary EM with an album which dips us back into the soft euphoria of the 70's. The illusion is complete. “Spiralo” is offered in limited edition of 500 vinyls with 200 of red color. And like in the time, the album is built around two long tracks of 20 minutes which decorated every face of a bewitching perfume of psychedelic. And like those years, we are riveted to our ears in order to seize well and fully a wonderful sonic flora fed by peculiarities as organic as cosmic.
It's thus with an overflowing of organicosmic lavas, which invades our earphones from the first seconds, that "Spiralo: Seite A" gets loose from the silence. The introduction is very ambiosonic, very ambiospherical and plunges a listener, starving for sonic symphonies without borders, in the interstices of ambient rhythms braided in the analog years and caramelized by flavors of metal of these years vintages. Rangy synth lines filled of corrosive resonances and dissonances, I hear some phases of
Schulze in Picture Music, float like spectres on a structure of rhythm which is developed by jerks with drumming as secret as the bass notes, some hatched metallic bangings and riffs of guitar which regurgitate its wha-wha under the forms of loops. The universe becomes a delicious mixture of psychedelic and psychotronic with beautiful flights of Mellotron which also release scents of ether, as well as fluty voices, which caress of their ectoplasmic singings a rhythm fed by knocks of cymbal wings. From parasitic noises to white noises, "Spiralo: Seite A" is fading little by little in the meanders of the organicosmic sounds of its opening. Built on the same bases, but a little more lively, "Spiralo: Seite B" sets the tone straight out with modular loops which espouse the structure of the loopy jerks of "Spiralo: Seite A". The movement is of ambiences and ambient, before diving gradually into the undulations of a rhythm which lifts its gravity like a snake floating on a rockery. The sound charms of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr
 abound with effects of loops which go and come such as long sonic lassoes on a rhythm which little by little is biting the ear with a beautiful violence contained in its fine spiral movements. We hear beautiful solos, guitar and synth, sing on a rhythm divided between its jerks and its fine moderate oscillations which are abundantly sprayed by cosmic sound effects.
Spiralo”, just like
 by the way (although more electronic, more cosmic) is an album which aims at a public which is fond of the psychedelic movements of the vintage years. If that can help, it's a kind of crossing between the jerky rhythms, even if less violent, of AshRa to the ambiences filled by ether from Klaus Schulze. It's audacious, intelligent and well done. And it's especially a wind of freshness for a style of music which sometimes refuses to become soaked again with the perfumes of its roots.
Sylvain Lupari (May 27th, 2014) &
Cette chronique est également disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream:

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