vendredi 19 décembre 2014

TM SOLVER: Namaste (2014)

“Soft rhythms sculpted in the beats of delicate sequences, Namaste is this kind of album where a relaxing, a meditative music is not at all sedative”

1 Namaste 10:03
2 Floating Clouds 14:23
3 The Dream 7:43
4 Sea of Tranquility 14:15
5 Govinda 12:30

SynGate Luna | TM08 (CD-r 77:48) ***½
(Ambient and relaxing based sequence beats)
Sequences with colorful tones of crackling a bit organic are drawing a structure of rhythm rough draft. A structure which zigzags with a movement of motionless ascent where the keys crackle in the muffled impulses of the bass sequences. And this rhythm takes refuge beneath the warm caresses of Ruth Koelzner's very ethereal voice. A voice which remains the key element of the title-track with some hot and incantatory breezes which float over a staggering, an uncertain structure of rhythm and which at times has to lean on the muted knocks of the bass pulsations/percussions. As if by magic, the sound universe of TM Solver wraps our ears with a multitude of ringings and percussions which ally the Tablas kind to those more electronic. Dramatic effects, pushed by the muffled impulses of the bass line, are also adding a rich depth to this pattern once again very well set by these sequences of which the hybrid tones are all the charms and Thomas Meier's signature. After an album inspired by the stunning landscapes of Iceland (Polymorph), the German synthesist launches simultaneously an album transported by the paradisiacal charms of Nepal's landscapes. Released on the Luna division from SynGate, “Namaste” is indeed a more ambient album. But not totally ambient! To say the least, not as we imagine ambient music. The rhythms are softer and sculptured through these sequences brewed with eclectic tones which are finely drummed and which skip peacefully in these envelopes of mist, in these chirping and these lamentations of synth which try as much to twitter than to sing, in these attractive orchestrations, certain tearful, and among which the effects of tenderness, meditation are cajoled by the voice of Ruth Koelzner. That might be on the Luna division, thus ambient music, “Namaste” is not really far from the usual hypnotic and catchy rhythms of TM Solver, in particular Polymorph where the last two tracks seem to have drawn the ways of this album that will seduce by its clearly more celestial approach.
"Floating Clouds" presents these sequences and chords so characteristic of
TM Solver's sounds and beats arsenal. They skip and dance weakly in the slow veils of the orchestral mists. The genre reminds me a lot the music of Software, but in a more emotional pattern with a synth which spreads its long tears on a structure of rhythm of which the swiftness takes root in muted knocks of pulsations. The slow rhythm adopts the shape of a good magnetizing lunar down-tempo which is decorated of chirpings and of electronic dialogues and especially caressed by the warm breezes of analog tones and others more silvered which melt themselves in the soft orchestrations of which the veils of tenderness cajole a passive rhythm which always seems on the point to overflow. The soft voice of Ruth Koelzner returns caressing our ears on the delicate ambient rhythm of "The Dream" which swirls on sequences finely drummed. Its celestial lamentations form an eclectic duet with a synth which throws some brief harmonic chords without forgetting to release clouds of ether. It's a quiet and restful track which ties itself very well to "Sea of Tranquility". The duet Koelzner/Meier will return with a slightly more lively structure in "Govinda" which is doubtless the lively piece of music in “Namaste”. A track that takes us out of our state of beatitude after the superb one which is "Sea of Tranquility" and its spirit of the Middle East. The orchestrations spread a dense morphic veil which embraces the drumming of the sequences, while that a delicate aroma of flute is floating with its scents of hypnotism and that the synth throws solos carrier of reverie and of which the caresses at the hearing are sources of bewitchment. If we do not sleep, we are near to contemplation. With amazement, this "Sea of Tranquility" reminds me of Klaus Schulze in his moments of meditation. An impression moreover which describes the character of the dulcet minimalist rhythms and the very melancholic moods of “Namaste” where the fusion of Ruth Koelzner's delicate voice to the opal mists and to the very well nuanced orchestrations pass very well in the ear. A parallel to be made with the duet Schulze/Gerrard? If there is one, that would be at the level of the ambiences which, at times, remind me those of a dreamy and very nostalgic Schulze. Regarding the voice of Koelzner; it seems less powerful than Lisa Gerrard's, but is still rather charming all the same. But all in all, “Namaste” remains an attractive album of a relaxing, a meditative music which is not at all sedative.
Sylvain Lupari (December 19th, 2014)

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