lundi 21 décembre 2015

PJ SKYMAN: Public Glass World Extends Bordel (2010/2015)

“IDM mixes with ambient Berliner moods; Public Glass World Extends Bordel is indeed a strange mosaic of beats and ambiences loaded of comsic tones a la Jarre”
1 Extra-easy Listening 4:07
2 Zeemoshonawlpeace 25:48
3 À écouter sans Substance Particulière 6:38
4 Rien ne s'invente, tout s'hérite 8:41
5 Private String Utopia; 4:30
6 The end is nighT 17:52
7 Starfloor Anthology 12:21

Pie Jam Sun | PJS003CD (79:57) ***½
(IDM, ambient Berlin School loaded of French cosmic tones)
It's been a while since I heard of PJ Skyman. Yet, the likeable French musician-synthesist had not abandoned his project to return with a 3rd album. And it's about 8 years farther than he makes a comeback with a factory pressed CD which is entitled “Public Glass World Extends Bordel”, a Java code language which means that our world is built upon disorderly rules. The album presents an EM which draws its influences between the cosmic fragrances of Jean Michel Jarre, although "The end is nighT" does very Schulze of the Blackdance years with a touch of very contemporary ambiences, and of the Orbital on the verge to caress the jerky beats of Underworld. Composed essentially between 2007, either after the album Walkers, simply we are (there is a certain correlation to make between both albums), and 2010 “Public Glass World Extends Bordel” saw firstly the light of day in 2010 in downloadable format. Pierre-Jean Asmus, the man behind PJ Skyman, undertook then a real fund raising on the Internet in order to finance his project so that his 3rd album could be made in real manufactured CD. One has to believe that the music is solid so that people believe in it ... and it is actually good. To say the least very creative!
And that begins in a attractive way with "Extra-easy Listening". After an ambiospherical intro, loaded of very vampiric layers of organ and inter spatial waves, an immense shadow of bass banister hypocritically. Its flabby body awakens jingles of cymbals and switches into unsteady pulsations  before turning into constant and solid beats, guiding the ambiospherical wanderings  of "Extra-easy Listening" towards a strong techno of which the boom-boom/tsitt-tsitt  always remains dominated by the cosmic moods. Each track in “Public Glass World Extends Bordel” are linked into an immense sound painting of 80 minutes which are subjugated by elements of cosmic psychedelism. Like the opening of "Zeemoshonawlpeace" which gradually sees its notes of piano going out of its prison of interplanetary tones to run away with jingles. Little by little a kind of Acid House structure of the kind shakes shyly these ambiences before that "Zeemoshonawlpeace" dives back into its immense ambient-cosmic mosaic loaded of interstellar elements which sing and sparkle on a cloud of industrial pulsations. I think it's good....But some people will say that it's kind of very long! That depends on points of view. The idea of PJ Skyman is to make us float, to make glide in space and he reaches his aimed point. "À écouter sans Substance Particulière" hangs on to this ambiospherical etiquette with a music without beats and among which the arid winds and layers were conceived with home-made sound synthesis box; the NE555Synth. Atonal but creative! "Rien ne s'invente, tout s'hérite" shakes a lot these moods with a heavy and very juicy technoïd rhythm, kind of Drum'n'Bass, where run agile and harmonious keyboard chords. This is IDM at its best with a lot of creativity, in particular at the level of the spirals of harmonies. Its finale of deep ambience sounds throws itself into the experimental brooks of "Private String Utopia;" which does very Pierre Henry with its fragments of ambient melodies which are liquefied in a dense floating shroud. We are at the doors of a very experimental ambient music here. The last minutes are stamped by technoïd boom-booms which carry the beat up until  the first minutes of "The end is nighT" from which the hysterical rhythm will faint in ether perfumes of
Klaus Schulze. That does very Blackdance, especially with a techno finale. "Starfloor Anthology" brings us to another level with a very French electronic sound (kind of Zanov
) where an ambient intro, fed by a text on Vocodeur, dives towards a structure which mixes the synth-pop of the 80's to a down-tempo hammered by acidified percussions. The track mixes its phases of atmospheres and rhythm in a universe where Schulze and The Orb would have go along very well together. A pleasant decoration avenue I would say where PJ Skyman has certainly its place!
Sylvain Lupari (December 21st, 2015)

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You will find how to order this album and pieces of music on PJ Skyman web page here

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