mercredi 9 juillet 2014

REALTIME: Journey into Space (2004/2014)

“Composed 10 years before, Journey into Space unveils these harmonious rhythms soaked of dense fog and where the sequenced keys sparkle as much that they dance”

1 Lost in Space 7:28
2 Journey into Space 14:25
3 Cosmic Opera 11:48
4 Another Dimension 7:38
5 Dance of the Aliens 7:56
6 Chandra 6:33
7 Move on into Space 11:04

SynGate | CD-rRT01 (DDL 66:50) ***¼
(Ambient New Berlin School)
Slow and elongated synth layers, embroidered into nostalgic violins, encircle a soft sequenced pulsation which gets fix to the strikings of ambient electronic percussions. It is with this mixture of cosmic ambiences and with these delicate orchestral perfumes that "Lost in Space" gets out of the void and entails us in nebulas structures of “Journey into Space”. Already, we recognize the signature of Realtime. Mostly based on harmonious sequences, the movement is serene and at both lascivious and introduce us to the very first work of Realtime which had charmed so many ears last year with their Solar Walk album, always on SynGate. This time, Thomas Bock and Norbert Hensellek dusts their two first albums, the other one being Lights of the Universe, to update the sounds and put a bonus track to it; Move on into Space. Composed between 2003 and 2004, “Journey into Space” unveils these harmonious rhythms which are soaked of dense paintings of fog and where the sequenced keys sparkle as much that they dance.
The title-track offers a line of sequences fatten of organic tones which rolls in loops on the carpet of a bumpy conveyor. Another line of sequences makes dance its ions to structure a syncopated hyper movement which quivers in cosmic mist, where are also hidden sweet secret voices of Elfs. A line of bass makes vibrate its discreet notes while that some orchestral filets are escaping from a spatial drizzle to try to tame this rebel minimalist rhythm of which the hypnotic loops are rather seeking for the calm of a Mellotron line flute. Draped of dense sieved foggy, mystic choruses, silk orchestrations and cosmic atmospheres; the staccato rhythm of "Journey into Space" hiccups, gallops and hiccups again up until embracing a more technoïd approach a la Manuel Gottsching. A good mixture of vintage and New Berlin School with a dose of cosmic trance, this wild rhythm, but much more viral, finds its niche on "Cosmic Opera" where more nervous sequences are stamping and yoke together in a rhythmic mass which oscillates subtly in corridors encircled of haunting voices. Related pulsations, percussions hammered as in a dance of zombies and the jingles of cymbals are boosting this minimalist rhythm which beats of its linear measures in a lunar decoration and which fails on a void in a rather abrupt way.
It is doubtless with the spheroidal rhythm of "Another Dimension" that “Journey into Space” has caught literally the first interest of my ears. How to say except that two lines of sequences, one of bass and the other more crystal clear, crisscross their cosmic ions which dance in parallel, while avoiding any cohesion, and intertwine into two stroboscopic filets with rhythmic harmonies rather chipped. The movement hangs on the ear immediately and establishes a scent of déjà-entendu, while the vibes of astral cloudiness, in particular the orchestrations, which encircle all the environment of “Journey into Space” are spattering with some more of ethereal depth. Candy for the ears! Variations on the same theme? We can say that, with the circular rhythm of "Dance of the Aliens" which offers in return a more ethereal approach with a rhythm which pounds in the silk and the felt. And this, in spite of these metallic knockings here and there which disorientate the listening. This is also good but, if it was of me, the order of those 2 tracks should have been inverted in order to offer a punchier crescendo. Especially that "Chandra", which ended originally “Journey into Space”, follows with a superb harmonious structure with ions dancing such as blades of scissors which cut frantically silky hair in a wave-like movement of goes and comes. This track reminds me enormously the music of
Software with stars which sparkle and orchestral knocks of percussions which thunder in a movement of sequences of which the many interlacing disrupt the winds and singings of Orion. Written in 2013, "Move on into Space" corresponds exactly to these movements of sequences which shape the crisscrossed rhythms of “Journey into Space”. The movement is always so minimalist and draws long imperfect circles which are immersed by a cosmic approach more contemporary.

Here is a link for a video trailer of this album:
Sylvain Lupari (July 8th, 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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