jeudi 28 août 2014

NEURONIUM: ExoSomnia (2012)

“Quite a surprise to me, ExoSomnia ends to be a superb album which embraces harmoniously all the array of Neuronium's styles”

1 Psychic Smell 4:19
2 Five Parsecs from Home 12:04
3 Alienophony 10:38
4 Pareidolia 13:48
5 And Man Created Gods 19:45
6 Time to Dream 4:22

Neuronium Music (CD 65:20) ****
(Ambient and base sequenced Spanish School)
Michel Huygen knows how to keep his fans on a wave of incertitude. From album to another one, we can never tell what to expect from Neuronium. After a rather ambient album, that slightly brushed a sometimes rather meditative New Age, in Etykagnostyka, Neuronium throws a line to his fans that are missing the golden days of his aggressive mystic music with an album which breathes of a violence splendidly contained by these synth pads of ether so unique to the repertory of the Spanish group.
Chords of acoustic guitar drag their imprints of nostalgia and feed a subtle Latin festive mood which accepts gladly the soft breezes of an astral divinity from a voice a bit suggestive, if not kind of sensual. Soft synth pads weave violin sighs which gather the melancholic harmonies of a dreamy piano and cover these ambiences of which the union becomes charmingly seraphic. Purely ambient and ethereal, "Psychic Smell" exchanges its first seconds for a static rhythm which jumps with percussions and with their rebel knocks which embrace a rather metallic tone, showing so the paradoxes which wait for the listener through the next 60 minutes of “ExoSomnia”. We take a look at the splendid artwork and we understand that the universe of this 39th opus from
Neuronium hesitates between light and dark, between be asleep and being awake. This soft synth voice which caresses with so much sensualism our senses opens the moods of "Five Parsecs from Home" of which the intro is as much passive as that of "Psychic Smell". A line of sequences escapes from it and makes drum its keys which skip and jostle in a narrow corridor, confining so a static linear rhythm which sparkles under beautiful synth pads of which the twists follow the sweetness of flutes and celestial voices and that the ringings of bells amplify in an approach of very ambient kind of New Age. "Alienophony" offers the most beautiful moments of “ExoSomnia”. Its intro is sewn by slow morphic veils which float such as the sighs of a seraphic night. An a little more threatening line is blowing some strange lamentations, deducing doubtless that the peace of mind also possesses its alarming reflection. This balance between light and dark, beauty and hideousness, floats constantly to the mouth of our ears. If "Alienophony" succeeds in escaping from it, the track floats in a superb morphic ballad with sequences which weave a peaceful rhythm and of which the perpetual twisted routes roam in the tears of a synth to tones as seraphic as symphonic and in these groans also which go and come as fascinating, but very discreet, as the snores of a dreamer in taken with certain turbulences of his dreams.
Santi Picó's soft guitar returns to spread its charms on the intro agitated of lappings which make jump the delicate ambiences of the very meditative "Pareidolia". Skillful and very concentrated; Santi Picó makes sing his guitar with finely pinched notes which meet the singings of stars. Sibylline reflections flood little by little the moods while some dense veils of synth add perfumes of ether. And "Pareidolia" falls asleep in the sighs of one thousand violins and cellos, freeing sequences to the metallic glints which skip in guttural devious breaths. A real fight between contemplativity and disturbance seizes "Pareidolia". The rhythm becomes then heavy and extremely intriguing with sequences of which the lost steps are running among hoarse breaths and a mixture of solos and harmonies from the synth and guitar which reminds me the universe a little twisted by Robert Fripp. But
Michel Huygen keeps a close watch, as well as to bring back "Pareidolia" towards paths a little more melodious, testifying of this constant tearing between the serenity and the anguish which torments the depths of “ExoSomnia”. Heavy sequences jump up violently at the opening of "And Man Created Gods". The rhythm is hyper active and skips furiously with the complicity of organic tones before stumbling over some morphic synth pads which spread a virginal white shroud. Fluty singings exorcise the vestiges of a rhythm which returns but in a more docile form. Complex as one pleases; "And Man Created Gods" has all the assets to reunite Neuronium's first hours fans. On a structure sometimes aggressive, very aggressive, and sometimes more meditative, if not very enigmatic; Michel Huygen pours nasal sound solos among which the howling twists wind up around a long movement fed by iodized mist and which hesitates between peace and its rival. A movement which gets separated a little after the 9th minute in order to charm even more our ears with a very beautiful structure of sequences whose  bass rhythmic conjugation, as well as dense chthonian clouds, go as far as shaking the ashes of Phaedra, allying the psychotronique approach of Neuronium to the vintage Berlin School of Tangerine Dream. This is a long puzzling track which shows that Michel Huygen has some more music to offer. Very good! "Time to Dream" ends with a wonderful electronic ballad filled with this Neuronium seal of the beautiful vintages years of the Spanish group. Structured on the ethereal sweetness of "Psychic Smell", the rhythm is more stable and ends an album with a music that we considered disappeared for ever and which is very good to hear again. I was surprised, I must say. I thought that Neuronium had lost itself in the docile territories of ambient music or New Age. Obviously, that is far from being the case! “ExoSomnia” is a superb album which embraces harmoniously all the array of Neuronium's styles. A very beautiful surprise!
Sylvain Lupari (August 28th, 2014) &
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