1 La Brique Bleue 32:19
2 La Brique Verte 8:44
3 La Brique Noire 36:14
SynGate CD-R MB04 (CD-r/DDL) ***½
(Electronica, ambient and experimental)
"La Brique Bleue" is the most musical part of “3 Briques”. Its first 15 minutes exploit a very good mixture between its spheroidal phases and some fragments of down-tempo and of Chill moods with effects which feed from the glaucous and futuristic synth layers of Vangelis and with sequences haloed of organic tones which are very close of Michael Brückner's repertoire. The effects come from a cosmic vision that we all know and the voices seem to go out of a television screen. The structure of rhythm seems to shade its momentum with softer or ethereal passages, sometimes times more lively, while the sequences of rhythms always feed these stroboscopic lines where there are missing mordant fangs. Charmingly ambient, almost celestial, passages give munitions to a structure which exploits marvellously the charms of the minimalist art and the synth scatters to satiety some smooth cosmic waves as well as good solos. The 15th minute brings an ambiospheric passage of 4 minutes before the rhythm returns in a more eager envelope which reminds me of Steve Roach when he decides to drive madly his sequencer. It’s very good and that sounds as a very well tied up title.
During an exchange of texts with Michael, he explained that "La Brique Verte" is an ambient passage between both monuments of sounds, and rhythms and melodies of “3 Briques”. It’s very ambiospherical with a thick cloud of synth lines which agglutinate in an immense wall of sounds. With "La Brique Noire" we enter into the pure unusual. When Kilian Schloemp asked Michael Brückner if it was possible to make an album from the elements of "La Brique Bleue", the German synth magus had only 30 minutes of music written. He remembered then that he had several music bits and pieces which were dragging somewhere and which were dated of the early 2000. It’s from these bases that "La Brique Noire" was composed. The beginning is charming with this line of sequences which returns constantly and whose recollections go as far as the Wuivend Riet album from Johannes Schmoelling. Three minutes farther, the movement of sequences and the whistling synth are fading out in the first moments of deep atmospheres which dominate the 37 minutes of "La Brique Noire". Between these 2 phases which are exchanging these 37 minutes on 5 occasions, Michael Brückner adds a veil of intensity which is more steady on the rhythms of which the presences don’t even reach a total of 10 minutes in all. The remainder is an immense mosaic of atmospheres, voices and effects which reaches its peak towards the border of the 25 minutes and up until the finale.
Unusual but fascinating! Michael Brückner is quite a phenomenon who likes going out of this commercial zone to experiment a music where hides constantly some moments of pure delight. If we hook rather easily on "La Brique Bleue", "La Brique Verte" is a good moment of intense elements of ambient music, "La Brique Noire" tests our capacity to get out of our comfort zone. It’s these passages of sequences of rhythm that will get us hooked. And in all and all, “3 Briques” is a good and very versatile album which demonstrates before all Michael Brückner's talent to create things out of nothing!
Sylvain Lupari (November 12th, 2016)
You will find this album on the SynGate Bandcamp page here