jeudi 30 avril 2015

RUDOLF HEIMANN: Perpetuum Mobile (2015)

“Perpetuum Mobile is an honest compilation which makes a fair glimpse of Rudolf Heimann's career”
1 Up & Down the Waves 6:26
2 Is not Easy to Fly 6:04
3 Two Ships 6:02
4 Several Thousand Questions 6:23
5 Brain Flight 6:16
6 Smurfs in Space 12:57
7 Coral Iceland Memories 7:04
8 The Search 7:56
9 Heaven's Gate 6:22
10 Moonshadow 10:48

SynGate | CD-r RH02 (CD-r/DDL 76:23) ***½
(Mix of New Berlin School and dance EM)
Rhythms! Lot of them. The very lively rhythm of "Up and Down the Waves" will remind to some of you a kind of mix between Somekind of Wonderful, from Grand Funk Railroad, and It's only Rock'n'Roll to Me, from Billy Joel. And for those who know a little the repertoire of Rudolf Heimann, we remember having vaguely heard this music on his Tide album in 2010. Normal! After a career of 25 years, including a thin discography of 7 albums and following the good response among fans regarding the album Into the Unknown in 2013, Rudolf Heimann proposes in “Perpetuum Mobile” a compilation of 10 tracks of EM where its sometimes noisy rhythms moves the senses and charms the ears with all their nuances.
If "Up and Down the Waves" bites our feet immediately with a steady and very electronic rock rhythm, "Is not Easy to Fly" proposes a very New Berlin School track where the kind of ambient Space Rock a la 
Software floods our ears of some beautiful memories of the 80's. The rhythm is ambient and upward. Perch on a delicate meshing of sequences and percussions, which trace a slow delicately jerky ambient spiral, and adorned with harmonies weaved in the riffs of a sort of e-guitar and nice floating fluty voices of mist, this track is an ambient bouquet which caress our senses up until the solos of Morpheus embrace them. This is a great piece of music, just as the too wonderful "Moonshadow" which was the highlight of Into the Unknown in 2013. "Two Ships" is lively, a bit wild and extirpates us from the arms of Morpheus. The track swarms on hopping sequences and on percussions which hammer them. Only the synth solos, which are quite well sculpted, and the organic language remind us that we are in the spheres of EM, the New Berlin School style, instead of a synth-pop fed of spasms and artifices. The same goes for "Several Thousand Questions" which is a techno, rather original I might add, which would easily compete for the genre of Element 4. It's quite musical for a rhythm so furious and the harmonies of the piano bring back debate to know if Rudolf Heimann does in New Age or in the dance music without filters. I may have tried, but I did not hooked on the very old-fashioned sound of "Brain Flight" which awakens in me some painful memories of a Tangerine Dream mutating of skin to please an American audience. "Smurfs in Space" is a long synth-pop splits in a cosmic envelope. There are small things here which please the hearing and which weave some tireless earworms. The same goes for "The Search", here the musical itch lays on the play of sequences and percussions, which is, on the other hand, more in a mood for dancing. "Coral Iceland Memories" plunges us in the golden years of the Innovative Communication label. These years when Software has reinvented the kind of electronic dance music with some Chill out approaches on rhythms a bit groovy which hop in cosmic atmospheres. The track breathes of an interesting approach a bit Reggae. Well done! "Heaven's Gate" reveals a slow, heavy and languishing rhythm always perfumed of these cosmic moods and these intuitive melodies which mark out the music, sometimes a little too much dance, of Rudolf Heimann who offers in “Perpetuum Mobile” an honest compilation which makes a fair glimpse of his career. There are small jewels in there, as there is some music inspired for those who like dancing, those who like caressing the floors of kicks with robotics tap-dancing.
Sylvain Lupari (April 29th, 2015)

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