mercredi 17 décembre 2014

TM SOLVER: Polymorph (2014)

Polymorph will please undoubtedly the fans of TM Solver as well as those aficionados who are in search of the warm charms of the analog scents

1 Rhythmikon 13:12
2 Echo-Line 16:45
3 House-Reflections 7:43
4 Dream Voices 14:15
5 Amound 12:30
6 Analog Shaping 13:23

SynGate | CD-r TM07 (CD-r 77:48) ****
(New Berlin School with a zest of analog tones)
The percussions sparkle delicately. Their jingles are melting into a line of bass sequences which shapes a ghost rhythm. A discreet rhythm which spreads its keys and of which the warm tones are joining the muffled pulsations. This union redirects the ambient rhythm of "Rhythmikon" towards a kind of lunar techno decorated with prismic mist and with soft electronic chirpings. Tears of synth take shape in order to let flow nasal and dreamy solos, while the finely jerky rhythm of "Rhythmikon" shows a more aggressive approach that will awaken memories when Robert Schroeder had redirected the axes of New Berlin School with a more funk, a more groove approach. Although recollections of Tangerine Dream, the 81 Tour, fill our souvenirs, in particular with these crystalline sequences which dance gently from time to time among the symmetric pulsations, "Rhythmikon" wears the seal of TM Solver with this delicate balance between the rhythm and its fineries where the astral voices and the opal mists remain the nannies of these deliciously hypnotic structures. In fact, a rendezvous with the music of TM Solver is an event that we cannot just refuse. Simplistic, minimalist and very Teutonic, but decorated of subtleties which seduce as much as captivate, the music of Thomas Meier is one of the most delicious to get out of the SynGate label. And each new album reveals a little something that haunts the ear up to the next one. And “Polymorph” does not deceive at this point.
This time it's "Echo-Line". Superbly bewitching, like an upright carousel which swirls in weightlessness, "Echo-Line" offers a very beautiful ambient rhythm. A rhythm which accumulates its charms with fine movements of jerks anchored on sober, repetitive but really effective pulsations. A rhythm decorated with ingenious percussions filled with jingling and with tones which ring as objects of rarity and sometimes change the path of a rhythm which remains nevertheless quiet. Everything is in the ear and its perception. Add to that some harmonious sequences, clouds of opal mist from where are hiding stellar voices, a synth with nasal harmonies and nasal dialogues; we have a small jewel which sticks to the very intrusive charms of 
Pyramid Peak's best moments. It's very good and it lands in my iPod; section best tracks of 2014! "House-Reflections" follows with a more fluid rhythm. Here it is the synth which prevails with good electronic effects but especially with good solos which overfly a starving structure of rhythm which wants to bite our eardrums with a meshing of sequences and percussions which cuts it with curt hits. This is a good New Berlin School track whose only weakness is to precede the first 30 minutes of “Polymorph”, especially that "Dream Voices" follows quickly with a structure which adopt this lively and fluid rhythm. A rhythm which is bogged down in the fineries of "Echo-Line". On the other hand the seductive part is this approach which seems to me more an ethnic genre from the Middle East with effects of organic sequences and notes of a cosmic harp a la Indra. "Amound" is more ambient. Although its steps are heavy and resonant, the rhythm swirls stealthily in intergalactic mists soaked of metallic white noises, of spectral voices and their chants buried in the forgetting and of jerks fill by cracklings before gaining a soft swiftness which comes along with sequences to quavering jingling tones. "Analog Shaping" also presents a soft rhythm which is drummed delicately by sequences, charmingly dressed of percussion tones, which melt into  bass line as idle as lunar. It's mesmerizing and it ends a very beautiful album where the polymorphic rhythms sail in unctuous morphic ambiences. “Polymorph” will please undoubtedly the fans of TM Solver as well as those aficionados who are in search of the warm charms of the analog scents. Again this is another beautiful release which nests on the SynGate label which is downright the cradle of the Berlin School style and of its derivatives.
Sylvain Lupari (December 17th, 2014)

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