vendredi 28 août 2015

CHRONOTOPE PROJECT: Dawn Treader (2015)

“Here is a nice first opus from a newcomer who seems to have plenty of good EM to offer in a very diversified style which goes from progressive New Age to good ambient Berlin School sequencing”
1 Dawn Treader 7:56
2 The Scent of Evening Flowers 7:06
3 Basho's Journey 9:24
4 Ocean of Subtle Flames 10:03
5 Omphalos 6:30
6 Canticle of the Stars 7:15
7 She Who Hears the Cries of the World 7:33

Spotted Peccary | SPM-2803 (CD/DDL 55:52) ***½
(Ambient, tribal ambient and progressive New Age)
I like well the productions of the American label Spotted Peccary. They are neat. The music is gleaming and agreeably stylized. The styles are always astride the limits between the ambient music, tribal ambient, the contemplative soundscapes, the progressive New Age and the Berlin School. This is exactly the sound pallet of this first album from Chronotope Project. Project of the American cellist and multi-instrumentalist native of the Oregon, Jeffrey Ericson Allen, Chronotope Project offers a highly esthetic approach where a panoply of acoustic instruments which marks out the furrows of “Dawn Treader” surfs marvelously with an electronic approach which seems to be inspired as much as Steve Roach's silences as the ethereal movements of the Berlin School signature.
The title-track sets the tone with a structure of sequences which takes forward its keys by brief movements of jerks. That gives an effect of ambient Berlin School with  sound effects which brings us near  of cosmos. The introduction is then transformed into a kind of ethereal ballad with a structure of mid-tempo where the elements sparkle throughout the soft caresses of the effects of a guitar and its clothes of Lap Steel just as unctuous as these cosmic choirs which will feed the last phases of the slightly spasmodic rhythm of "
Dawn Treader"."The Scent of Evening Flowers" follows with a more ambient structure where the sequenced keys sparkle on the slow movements of the synth lines which make the cosmos crying. There are essences of Robert Rich in there. "Basho's Journey" leads us in some very introspective territories with a nice Kyoto of which the strings resound in the tears of a Chinese violin. It's especially ambient and very meditative. "Ocean of Subtle Flames" is going to wake us a little with a structure of rhythm which makes its keys gallop on the vast sonic territories of the East. Still here, the effects of Chinese violin invade the moods loaded by long occult hummings. But not as much as the black winds which moo in "Omphalos" where a tick-tock teases our ears with a timer which will never explode. We are in Steve Roach's very dark ambient territories here, even if the carillons try to whisper an aura of Tibetan monastery. "Canticle of the Stars" bears well its naming. It's a nice spiral melody with ambient voices and clouds of interstellar mist which haunt the senses and of which the warm breaths caress  the rotary and  minimalist unreeling of the sequences whose movements embrace a little those of the ambient rhythms of the Berlin School. "She Who Hears the Cries of the World" ends this first opus of Chronotope Project with a carillon approach which reminds me the delicacies of the music of Sensitive Chaos. It's an ambient piece where the sequenced keys are ringing in a shape of small bells ballet pushed by lushes of woosh and wiish. Each luster is reflected on Chinese shadows which spread their harmonies in a more or less sibylline envelope, reminding that the music of Chronotope Project has borders only the limits of our imagination.
Sylvain Lupari (August 28th, 2015)

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