1 Cathedral I 20:18
2 Cathedral II 19:08
3 Cathedral III 22:36
4 Cathedral IV 6:30
SynGate|CD-R TI04 (CD/DDL 68:32) ****
(Minimalist vintage Berlin School)
Listening to this last opus of E-Tiefengrund is a perpetual fight against addiction! It's the subdual by the art, very well mastered besides, of the repetitive music. The loops of rhythms roll up to our ears with their fine nuances and their charming snags which hypnotize and of which the subtlety of the charms gets unveil from listening to listening. Respecting marvelously this signature of minimalist rhythms very Berliner decorated with analog elements that the duet Silvia and Michael Kempe has signed since Voltage Sessions in 2013, “Cathedrals - Voltage Sessions IV” is an album which crosses all the stages of the bewitchment to get established as one of the solid albums of New Berlin School to appear in 2016.
Big distorted twists with a musicality very near ghostly waves introduce the first beatings under electric impulses of "Cathedral I". Electronic tones scribble the ambiences, whereas pulsations a bit organic are making paraded their tempered shadows which skip in a skeleton of rhythm where collide tens of sound bones which burst into multiple sound hoops and of which the echoes will invade our ears for the next 19 minutes. Out of these torsades which filled the intro are raising of languishing solos with a zest of psychotronic perfume which go and come, wind up and unwind in a structure of rhythm from which the minimalist approach prevents not at all those delicate nuances which make all of the charms. The movement of the sequenced pulsations is charmingly furtive, even imperfect, a little as a centipede on agony. And the synth always continues to throw these torsades. And a first nuance in the movement turns up at around the 7th minute, modifying its color but not its hypnotic approach. It's also the signal for "Cathedral I" which switches its passive role for a more fluid movement set by superb solos of a synth which betrays at no moment its influences of TD for the Ricochet years to Encore. "Cathedral II" does not waste time to tergiversate regarding its rhythmic approach. From its opening, a movement of sequences creates a hopping rhythm which stretches its shadow in the dins of metallic percussions. If we feel to be in the era Tangerine Dream's Poland, you are not alone so much the influences dominate this opening of "Cathedral II". The rhythm here is more fluid but the effects of sequenced metallic percussions bring souvenirs to the ears, especially after the point of the 4 minutes when "Cathedral II" becomes an orgy of sequences and percussions which confront themselves in troubled waters. The synth always remains so devastating with very acrobatic solos which take tints as much glaucous than piercing. Except that the rhythm and its effects dominate simply "Cathedral II", even in its more quiet and psychotronic phase which begins around the 10 minutes.
"Cathedral III" is the small jewel of this “Cathedrals - Voltage Sessions IV”. And nevertheless, everything is relatively simple here. A movement of sequences which stretches its skeleton in two superposed phases of which the shadows interlace in a single continuous movement and some very subdued solos which roam as starving spectres. Effects of percussions and a development of the echo enrich this waterfall of rhythm which is a real delight of bewitchment for the sense of hearing. It's the minimalist in all its magnificence with just what it needs of nuances to charm always more. A first crack arises a little after the edge of the 10 minutes, giving an effect of stroboscopic reverberation to this 2nd phase of "Cathedral III" where the synth injects dark breezes as well as these solos which obsess the listening since the beginning and which become a little less in withdrawal here. Knockings of percussions add depth to this more organic phase of "Cathedral III", if not more lugubrious. Little by little these beatings bring us to the best moments of Danger in Dream before the long sonic snake, which is this longest title of this 4th volume of the Voltage Sessions series from E-Tiefengrund, returns to its original phase. Bewitching and really effective! "Cathedral IV" offers a structure of a rather fluid ambient rhythm with a line of bass sequences which rises and comes down in a tumult of electronic effects of a synth which knew all the interest to let shine these movements of sequences and percussions which liven up in a spectacular way the 4 phases of “Cathedrals - Voltage Sessions IV”. I adored, even in all its simplicity!
Sylvain Lupari (June 12th, 2016)
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