vendredi 13 juin 2014

E-TIEFENGRUND: A Scent of Jasmine (2014)

“Effective and very attractive, A Scent of Jasmine powders its scents of old psychedelic Berlin School all over the Teutonic rhythms of the New Berlin School”

1 The Jasmine and the Beast 20:30
2 The Big Hole 15:02
3 The Art of Decay 19:33
4 Forgotten Home 13:23

SynGate | CD-r TI02 (CD-r 68:28) ***¾
(A mix of retro and New Berlin School)
Voltage Sessions (SynGate | CD-r T101) was undoubtedly one of my very favorites in 2013. I liked these hypnotic rhythms which skipped delicately and so soberly in harmonies tinted of mist and with some rather creative, otherwise very catchy, solos of a synth torn between two eras. This second opus of E-Tiefengrund
 is molded in the same mold. And it's probably not a chance if “A Scent of Jasmine” is also stamped as Voltage Sessions II. The inspiration goes back to a journey that Silvie von Tiefengrund and Mick von Tiefengrund made in June 2013 when they crossed the mining city abandoned of Pier. Fascinated by the environment, they decided to stop there, to take photos and shoot some clips. By pacing up and down the deserted streets where windows and doors drew sadnesses, they scented a fine smell of jasmine floating in the air.
And like in
Voltage Sessions, "The Jasmine and the Beast" offers a very good fusion between the new and vintage Berlin School where some finely jerked rhythms savored the harmonies of a synth to the singings of psychedelic birds. The introduction, as well as its structure as rhythmic as ambiosonic, brings us back inevitably to Power Station with a rhythm which skips awkwardly in an organic universe. Pulsations lost in hollow breaths and juvenile harmonies whistled by a charming synth settle a psychotronic mood ideal to introduce an onset of uncertain rhythm. A little as a kind of cha-cha but with jerky steps. Waterlogged pulsations, Teutonic percussions, organic reverberations and line of sequences with very discreet kicks furnish the rhythmic pattern of "The Jasmine and the Beast" which spreads its 21 minutes under the caresses of a synth and its solos as much melodious as its airs braided in imagination. The 2nd half offers a poetry written in the shade of some very harmonious sequences which are so abundantly embraced by synth solos to coiled forms and to vampiric shadows. And a little as in Voltage Sessions, we cannot like. "The Big Hole" is a quieter track. The rhythmic pattern is always very minimalist with sequences in the almost organic tones which skip as a static troop in the jingles of sober robotics percussions which marinate with sound gases. The synth is drawing paradoxical moods where lines of choirs are floating with their somber secret harmonies, where pads of mist spread celestial ambiences and where nasal solos roam with their singings twisted in the fear of being aired. The only drawback is this too hasty cut which ends this rather meditative track. Let's say that awakes quite hastily!
"The Art of Decay" is to “A Scent of Jasmine” what Synthetic Vitality is to
Voltage Sessions. It's a long track where sequences to the harmonies near the young innocence forge a fascinating oblique carousel. We float between two spheres with this hypnotic circular movement of which the hoops embrace an almost stroboscopic shape. And as everything around this second album from E-Tiefengrund, the synth shows a very progressive musicality with solos, harmonies and ambiences which are at the diapasons of confrontation. The sequences begin their rumbling around the 8th minute. We hear growls here and there, which rage on a whole rather harmonious pattern, bite the ambiences while that vintage twisted solos swirl like the guards of the revolt. And this rhythm seemingly very docile is evolving subtly in the aggressive steps of its sequences. It becomes more aggressive, but always remains so still, while the synths are drawing figures always very near the psychedelic scents of the golden years of the Berlin School. "Forgotten Home" traces the quiet rhythms and moods to the fragrances torn between psychedelic and New Berlin School which prowl all over “A Scent of Jasmine”.
We liked
Voltage Sessions? Then our ears are going to delight this “A Scent of Jasmine”. We cannot deny the very narrow link between these first two albums of E-Tiefengrund. The rhythms may sound so sober, so innocent by moments, that they always remain so attractive. The tones and movements of sequences are also magnetizing than on Voltage Sessions while the synths are painting figures of ambiences, harmonies and solos which always color this attractive border between the New Berlin School and the vintage one. A border which seems to be the privilege of a duo extremely accurate in its minimalist approach. Effective and very attractive, we are where the scents of the old psychedelic Berlin School are floating all over the Teutonic rhythms of the New Berlin School. What could we ask for more?

Here is a link for a video trailer of this album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCande-nSpc
Sylvain Lupari (June 13th, 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=17189

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