lundi 8 février 2016

ERIK WOLLO: Visions- A Collection of Music by... (2015)

“What a way to discover all the charms of Erik Wollo!”
1 Echotides No.4 7:22
2 Revealed in Time 7:00
3 Gateway 5:27
4 Visions 6:06
5 The Native Chant 5:16
6 Misty Blue 7:02
7 Within These Walls (Remix) 5:28
8 Airborne 2 5:31

Projekt Records PRO00325 (DDL/CD 49:17) ****½
(Lire en Français ici)
(Ambien tribal with a zest of Electronica)
Is there softer and more electronic than the music of Erik Wollo? And “Visions-A Collection of Music by...” is exactly there to show it to you. I never was and still am not a fan, or a defendant, of compilations. I understand that in X-Mas commercial times, the labels try to refloat their safes with compilation albums. The pretext is ideal! The money suckers want to make discover the music of an artist by a collection of successful titles where hide 1 or 2 unreleased pieces of music. A little as here where “Visions-A Collection of Music by...” hides a brand new track, but what a track, and another one which was hidden on this very good compilation of the label Projekt, Possiblities of Circumstance released on autumn 2013. The only difference here is the real reach of this compilation which aims above all at making know the music of Erik Wollo. As prove its prices; $5 for the download version or $7 for a manufactured CD. Admit that at this price, there is no more reason now to not be tempted by this very nice sonic journey into lyrism.
The selection is divided well between a music bearer of dreams, as "Echotides No 4" and its structure which oscillates like a thousand streams under the sea breams of the sun, and good down-tempos where nests a beautiful ballad approach as in "Revealed in Time" from the solid 
Blue Radiance album. “Visions-A Collection of Music by...” makes an overview of the 5 solo albums, excluding some EP, that Erik Wollo produced on the Projekt label since he arrived in 2010 with the Gateway
 album from which the extract proposed here, the title-track, leads us towards a more tribal trance that an ethereal vision of Wollo. "Visions" from Timelines is doubtless the track which is the closest to the New Age nuances of the bard Scandinavian whereas "The Native", which is rather recent by the way, plunges us into his attraction for the ambient tribal moods. It's a powerful track with a good lively structure. Decorating the delights of Possiblities of Circumstance, the slide guitar of "Misty Blue" is as much bewitching as its melody forged in the ringings with a scent of Halloween. Here also the structure is heavy but very hypnotic. "Within These Walls", the only real newness of this compilation, is a remix of Black Tape for a Blue Girl song. Here, the Peter Murphy's Gothic genre is transposed into a more oniric approach with long woosh which make roll the loops, both riffs and crystal clear sequences, in a permutation of the woosh for astral voices. From oniric, the crystal clear tempo becomes heavy with good muted pulsations and percussions of false wood which resound shyly. Tears of guitars tears it up with ghostly harmonies which float among the resilient ringings of the crystal clear sequences. "Airborne 2" concludes this good compilation with a slightly spasmodic structure of rhythm. We hear a kind of panting from riffs and the sequences blowing over good sober percussions and bass pulsations. Structuring so a passive, but all the same, a nervous rhythm where the melody is assured by a minimalist approach of a piano which plays very well on its nuances. It's reflecting very well the contemporary universe of Erik Wollo who always floods us with his very airy solos. Solos which float with perfumes of bitterness.
Of course that I'm already that I am conquered to the universe of
Erik Wollo! The music of the Scandinavian bard possesses an identity that we don't hear anywhere else, conferring it a cachet which is more than unique seen its approach all the same rather intimist, otherwise very personal. Always flirting with the borders of New Age, Erik Wollo admirably knows how to play on these limits by diving into the tribal ambient and sometimes transic kinds while giving an electronic side into a music on which are always roaming harmonies that we imagine to whistle on ice floes of his Norway.
Sylvain Lupari (February 8th, 2016)

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You will find this album on the Projekt Bandcamp page here

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