samedi 2 août 2014

ERIK WOLLO: Tundra E.P. (2014)

“Tundra offers a very beautiful musical diversity by presenting the great changeability of Erik Wollo's electronic genres”
1 Tundra 7:07
2 Perma 5:43
3 Taiga 5:43
4 The Native Chant 5:16
5 Swirled Lights 5:14

Project |PRO 00306 (CD/DDL 29:06) ****
(Ambient, ethnic and soft based sequence EM)
The surprising, and fascinating I have to admit, synthesized voice which opens the first measures of "Tundra" faze as much as it gives a smile. One would say a Berber priest who, down from his minaret, shouts in a voice filled of helium. But it ain't that! In fact, it is samplings of Inuit throat singings whose the poetic tribal approach gets lost in an electronic rhythm fed by fine and fluid sequences which swirl in jerky spirals in the vapors of the sibylline singings of a guitar musing but still nebulous. A cloud of mist widens the ambio-dramatic portion of the title-track of this last E.P. from Erik Wollo, while the percussions, quite timid at the beginning, pepper these ambiences with orderly strikes which eventually forge a structure of rhythm swaying between a morphic techno and a lunar-tribal down-tempo of which the soft rhythm lets itself desire by these dreamy strata of a guitar unique to the musical signature of the Norwegian musician. “Tundra” is the last musical rendezvous that Erik Wollo offers to his fans. Following the parameters of Timelines, this E.P. of around thirty minute surfs on the clanic approaches of the peoples from the deserts of ice so dear to the Wollo repertory by proposing this musical diversity which makes all the charm of the Scandinavian bard.
"Perma" follows with a slow down-tempo. The percussions are soft and are surrounded by synth loops of which the cooings are getting lost in the watered drizzle coming from the bank of mist. There is a perfume of melancholy floating all over the track. A scent accentuated by some soft orchestrations with the veils saddened by tears as well as by delicate and dreamy chords of guitar which fall like tears of piano on a track which flees into our ears like mist in the wind. It's as much effective as it's very beautiful and the synth strata remind me the moods and vibes of
Steve Roach's American deserts. "Taiga" is the liveliest track on “Tundra”. The percussions drag a slow rhythm which bumps in the bursts of chords a bit funky. This is kind of very ethereal tribal groove which decorate itself of soft ambient elements, like these cottony synth pads which enclose some twisted cooings of which the electronic singings accentuate the effect of pleasant earworms and a series of sequences of which the aerial spirals form bank of twinkling stars which break out like in a cosmic aurora borealis. With its Inuit chants which roll in loops, the introduction of "The Native Chant" is as much fascinating as that of the title-track. The percussions which roll and thunder in the shade of these singings, and which haunt the in-between ears some minutes later, are shaping a static spiritual rhythm and a seducing clanic hymn. The effect is rather spectacular at high volume level. "Swirled Lights" ends this last musical episode of Erik Wollo by plunging us into his very esoteric vibes with tears of guitar which moan in the cold winds of the Arctic Regions' ice floes.
As we can notice; from its 30 minutes, “Tundra” offers a very beautiful musical diversity by presenting the great changeability of
Erik Wollo's electronic genres. From a very lunar down-tempo to some fiery and static rhythms, by passing by his very stylized ambient music, the Norwegian musician manages to maintain the interest with his very lyrical vision of a universe forgotten in this race for life. This is very good...
Sylvain Lupari (August 2nd, 2014) &
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