jeudi 4 décembre 2014

BYSENSES: Frigments - Fragments (2014)

“Fragments - Fragments is a strong overdose of white noises in a psybient style which is not too far from the premises of ambient Berlin School”

1 Frigments - Fragments 2:23
2 Destination Unknown 14:02
3 Quoi et Moi 12:27
4 Where-ever However 13:50
5 Beautiful Moments 10:38
6 If you Are 8:53
7 Slaap Stil Mijn Kind 4:25
8 Strawberries 4-ever 5:33
9 OGF 5:43

MultiDiscBE (CD 77:55) ***½ (Psybient)
It is known; each year, and no matter the domains, sees appearing a name which will leave a delicious sound imprint. BySenses is a musical project of the Belgian musician Didier Dewachtere. Aficionado of an EM which converges between several styles, from Jarre to Tangerine Dream while passing by Kraftwerk and Vangelis, Didier Dewachtere gives the kick-off to a career which sounds very interesting by inviting us in a unique, an audacious experience where the music, and its sounds, crosses the boundaries of another dimension. A psybient style which has difficulty in undoing its links off a more traditional EM, “Frigments - Fragments” is a first album which will call back the experiments between the rhythms and the psybiences such as put in music by BySenses' biggest source of inspiration;  Klaus Schulze. On rhythms constantly fragmented and ambiences which refuse the doors of the serenity, BySenses raises a sonic high wall where the sounds vibrate and spit deformed shadows which shine in tones of cracklings.
It is thus with an ambient but deafening humming, one would say a space shuttle giving birth, that the title-track gets through our two earlobes. Synth pads float behind a soundscape which little by little scatters its radioactive clouds to present "Destination Unknown" to us. The heavy hummings lose a little of their wrath in filets of thin astral voices. The moods are always at the zenith of a strange emotionalism where the absolute black, and its cabalistic imprint, waltzs and floats with this strange choir came out of the noise. And some fine sequences get liven up. Of their droning tones, one would say bumblebees out of breath, they pound to congeal a rhythm which vacillates in clouds of dissonances. The link with Totem is not really far. After a brief passage where the rhythm dances in a total isolation in order to take the direction of a lively up-tempo, spectres wearing suit of white noises try again to wrap  its beatings, in fact it looks like they beat on the same pace, and its glaucous pulsations which always wade in clouds of radioactivity but also in beautiful floating synth layers. True that the ears have to get used! Except that I had well and truly to stipulate that “Frigments - Fragments” was an audacious sound experience. And this is even more true with the intro, very in-spherical-noises of "Quoi et Moi". The machinery of synths snore to make lose the sleep, while that fragments of rhythm erect a movement of resistance which wins in amplitude. The synth lines complain and pierce the wall of hummings, parachuting the awakening of these rhythms at a lower level. But persistence there is! The rhythm comes by systematic pulsations which  finally emerge from the corridors of oblivion. Ambient, it dances with the spectres of the hummings. The exercise can annoy the neighbors. The percussions slam! The sequences pound and excite apathetic layers while the rhythm, rather ambient, persists with the shadows full of white noises, resonances and distortions which can seduce as much as make us lower the volume. And it will be the perpetual fight of the listener towards the taming of “Frigments - Fragments”. BySenses proposes some very beautiful ideas which are gobbled up in clouds of distortions.
"Where-ever However" proposes a beautiful ambiocosmic structure where the iconoclastic noises eat all the serenity. But our ears overflow of curiosity. "Beautiful Moments" moves a little out from this storm of static noises with a very beautiful ambient melody which gives the taste to hear more of it. And "If you Are" gives reason to our stubbornness because it's a beautiful moment of hollow vibe, less aggressive, with beautiful orchestrations and nice layers of voices which give a little of energy to a rhythm all shy to pound in a so enveloping setting. Written for his unborn child, "Slaap Stil Mijn Kind" is a fascinating lullaby which turns into a beautiful down-tempo where the crystalline arpeggios clink and quaver in beatings filled of white noises. The play of percussions and the echoing hoops which open the very catchy "Strawberries 4-Ever", we really feel the influences of
Vangelis here, doesn't let presage at any moment that we are going to move on a good up-tempo oiled in a strange translucent tone. This is totally at the antipode of what that BySenses offers in his first 66 minutes. It's good IDM, rather melodious by the way, which seems to be inspired by Jean Michel Jarre's dance music. The sirens of warning which roar over "OGF", for Operation Herdsman Falcon, depict the moods of life that Didier Dewachtere has spent in Afghanistan. Still there it's a strong up-tempo nibbled by stroboscopic lines which go and come in a din of percussions. And, for once, the noises of the dissonance are totally flooded by a sustained rhythm which scatters its membranes in order to diversify its charms.
I got to say that “Frigments - Fragments” is not really for all ears. We have to work hard to find its objects of seductions there, and there are. There are a lot to tell the truth. Behind this din, which orchestrates a rather well polished album, is hiding small jewels which are worth the whims of our ears. In small doses, little by little, this first album of BySenses will convince you that the psybient style has really took root in the ambient Berlin School style.
Sylvain Lupari (December 4th, 2014)

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