1 Flowing Particles 6:19
2 The Age of Light 7:33
3 Invisible 8:32
4 400 to 700 12:21
5 Follow Me 8:37
6 Blind Fall 11:13
7 Reflectance 8:28
8 Cahaya 6:06
9 The End of the Candle 7:51
MellowJet Records | cdr-hn1601 (CD-r/DDL 76:59) ***½
(E-Rock, morphic beat and Berlin School)
Each title here is finely attached by lines of ambiences adorned with iridescent prisms. It's in these meshes that is born the movement of sequences of "Invisible" which limps nonchalantly under an electronic finery watered by effects and by fine heterogeneous noises. A little as in "The Age of Light" the structure remains of a cosmic ambient approach with a rhythm which ripples like a sea that we shake up in order to give it an appearance of life. Intense layers fall from the skies and wrap this motionless rhythm of a tragic aura, guiding this delicate skeleton towards a kind of cosmic hip-hop decorated with very beautiful synth solos. We notice a more discreet guitar around the 9 chapters which compose the whole of “Tales of Light”, giving so a more ethereal facet to the album, except for "400 to 700" which is a good electronic rock wrapped up with good cosmic effects and perched on good rock percussions. The bludgeoning leads a lively and rather quickly structure, the tunes are downright like that, that I would place, for point of comparison, between Tangerine Dream of the Eastgate years, some very good Frank Dorittke and even Mike Oldfield. It's a strong title which keeps us on the alert. "Blind Fall" starts slowly before taking a form of rhythm which reminds me of Silverline from the Horizon album. The sequences are dancing among jerky riffs and chords, forging a nervous rhythm which sober percussions hammer with a robotic fluidity. The synth layers are hyper wrapping and throw some morphic gas on a structure which goes and comes according to these layers' moods and their effects. That becomes a good up-tempo always hampered of perturbing the immense caresses of those layers. That sometimes sounds like a kind of progressive cosmic rock. The first 4 minutes of "Reflectance" offers another very good electronic rock, one the wildest and the most lively of “Tales of Light”, before taking a more ethereal tangent in the middle, just what Harald Nies needs in order to redirect his wild rhythm up until the moments of nomadic atmospheres of "Cahaya" and those of the very intense and rather filmic "The End of the Candle".
In each of his albums, it's always the same story. Always on horseback between the styles he likes to use, Harald Niesremains an artist who disconcerts due to his freedom of creation. The man likes as much the blues as the big rock but also these sleepy layers which wrap up this rhythmic guerrilla which spit these nice thin lines of sequences whose spasmodic jolts whip the atmospheres such as length stroboscopic lassoes. In brief, every title of Harald Nies' albums is for somebody and we find in “Tales of Light”, like in all of his albums by the way, a title which connects us to his music. A beautiful artist and a different EM to discover!
Sylvain Lupari (September 12th, 2016)
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