mardi 2 septembre 2014

PERGE: Green Dessert (2014)

“Although Green Dessert surfs on the moods of Tangerine Dream's analog years, this last album of Perge breathes of the same originality as their splendid Dyad”

1 Inconsequence 20:35
2 Cyclical 14:39
3 Movements of a Divisionary 9:04
4 Bronsium Echoes 11:04

Perge Bandcamp (DDL/CD-r 55:23) ****½
(Retro and New Berlin School)
An undulated synth line is floating like a cloud of mist, bringing with her some other lines of which the ambient reflections juxtapose together in a glistening meditative symbiosis. A delicate flute pierces this fog filled of metallic drizzles. Its singing, however frail it is, rises beyond the sonic cumulus, lulling even more the dreams of the dreamer who tries to know what do "Inconsequence" sounds like, at least its intro. Something like the music of TD's own Green Desert or the era of Encore. Chirping of birds decorate these seraphic ambiences while the synth lines a getting more nasal. A structure of rhythm, as hesitating as timid, makes skip some delicate sequences of which the stealthily move allows the excitement of the rhythm to the percussions and at their knocks felted of cosmic gas. Superb floating solos are singing over a structure which gradually takes an undulatory rhythmic flight with solos became a bit more fluty. We swim in the full years when the analogue, and its rhythms built on imagination, amazed at every time. Although knit in the stitches of the Tangerine Dream's memories of the post-Baumann, but pre-Schmoelling ones, years "Inconsequence" continuous the evolution of a quiet spheroidal rhythm to whom get grafted a seraphic choir and whose oniric chants enchant a thick cloud of synth lines with colors as heavy and slow, as its rhythm in perpetual hypnotic rotation.
You should not see, nor hope, in this “Green Dessert” from 
Perge to have a certified true copy of the same opus from Tangerine Dream. Although this last album of Perge surfs on the ambiences of the analog years of Tangerine Dream, which is totally new compared to the first works of the English duet, this last album of the duo Graham Getty and Matthew Stringer breathes of the same originality as the splendid Dyad . Of course that when we look at the artwork and when we take knowledge of the genesis of “Green Dessert”, we can only smile towards this wink of very satirical eye which surrounds the mysteries of the real Green Desert album. But are we really in these lands? Let's go hear it! After its ambient introduction, "Cyclical" exposes a rhythm of a rather digital mood a la Cool Breeze of Brighton, from TD's 86 tour, where Matthew Stringer goes for very nice solos which are very personal to him. Hum... That gives me the taste to dive into the music of Parisian Dreams! On the other hand, "Movements of a Divisionary" pulls us downright in the twisted ambiences of the own TD's Movements of a Visionary from the album Phaedra. It's like hearing its sonic reflection through a mirror with a muddled up silvering. The piano passage is stripped of its stringy envelope. Even if the melody remains sibylline. "Bronsium Echoes" starts again there where the circular and increasing rhythm, as well as the virginal harmonies of "Inconsequence" had left with us. And quite slowly the rhythm misleads its skipping keys in ethereal morphic shroud which recall the very beautiful analog years of Neuronium and of its Chromium Echoes.

This just shows at which point that Perge can diversify both its style and its approach, that he is also capable of flirting both with the analogue and the digital technology and that he is especially capable of amazing and charming in spite of all the debates and the too easy labelling that some people are willing to give him. You loved the precedent albums of Perge? Go for this one, as you won't find nobody as great as Perge to make an EM which is so near the lands of Tangerine Dream. And this, without falling in a simple and too easy impersonation.
Sylvain Lupari (September 2nd, 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=17303

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