1 Music for your Eyes 23:25
2 Drift away with Love in the Galaxies 21:25
3 Outer Lands 20:04
SynthMusik (CD Digipack 64:54) ****½
(Vintage Berlin School)
A nebulous opening perfumed of cosmic effects, "Music for your Eyes" contradicts a little the press information by coiling up in our ears with a structure which reminds of Under the Dome in The Aeon's Day from the outstanding album The Demon Haunted World. Except of this small walk in the lands of atmospheric effects, "Music for your Eyes" shakes our body with its rhythmic spasms which are accompanied by some great percussive treasures. The rhythm emerges in the edge of 5 minutes with stars which sparkle on the soft beatings of a line of bass sequences. The architect of sounds and percussions whom is Fryderyk Jona add chirpings which suit the oscillating curve of this line, pulsations which stretch as rubber kisses and jingles which remind us that percussions are also shaking the rhythmic structure of "Music for your Eyes" which struggles like the skeleton of a snake being reborn. And the voice of Alina Godunov! At the beginning, I was bored, even annoyed, by this elvish voice which made shade to a wonderful music. Rarely we have heard a Fryderyk Jona as aggressive as here. But after some listening, I jumped downright on this union which forces our eardrums to analyse a powerful music where the influences of Schulze are clearly more present in a 2nd part livened up by good percussions and chords of Groove under the very charming voice of Alina Godunov. It’s very good and the 3rd part, although short, is even more explosive. Under the Dome marinated to some Klaus Schulze in a Fryderyk Jona sauce, that is quite a big number. Let’s add the voice of Alina Godunov and we tell to ourselves that the stormy paths of the paradise, because there is nothing very of ethereal here, are not that far.
"Drift away with Love in the Galaxies" is the little chef-d'oeuvre of “Other Lands”. There, the flavors of Schulze are omnipresent in an introduction as nebulous as textured with wide sound waves which kiss a cosmic shore. Staggering of its uncertain sequences, the structure of rhythm emerges after the point of the 3 minutes. We denote two different movements which sparkle in symbiosis of a fluty line. A shroud of fog which loses drizzle of voice makes this zigzagging structure amorphous on which are grafted other elements of rhythms, of which a heavy and roaring bass line, which accentuate the heaviness and finally the pulsatory velocity of "Drift away with Love in the Galaxies". We are in the lost paradises of The Dark Side of the Moog with this Groove rhythmic and its cosmic effects which get undone in stroboscopic strands. This superb title evolves slowly, a little as if Jona fed our ears with a little spoon. Ralf Hübner attacks our ears after we reach the 10 minutes. His solos are devastating and tear up the paint of the walls like a certain Frank Dorittke. It’s these solos which give a unique dimension to "Drift away with Love in the Galaxies" which amplifies its intensity while the minutes consume the pond of our emotions. If the slow evolution is smoothly made, the finale is explosive of intensity and emotion with a guitar and its soloes which flood us of its tears. This finale throws itself into the title-track and its structure as well bouncy, to some nuances near, as that of "Music for your Eyes", sonic artifices in less. Fryderyk Jona leaves more room to the voice of Alina Godunov, who is more passionate in his approach based on improvisation, being more discreet in the development of his structure. A structure which will flirt for a short time with the calm of an ambient passage, so giving a second breath to "Outer Lands" whose finale is to Klaus Schulze's excessiveness.
Difficult to tame, because quite far from the other works of Fryderyk Jona, “Other Lands” is worth the efforts which we shall put discovering it. For that purpose, the approach of the Berliner by adoption deserves to be underlined because he makes a very beautiful transition between the voices and his music, as well as Ralf Hübner's incisive guitar and his synths throughout the 65 minutes of “Other Lands” which at the end is another very beautiful album of Fryderyk Jona... even if composed and offered outside our zone of comfort.
Sylvain Lupari (January 12th, 2017)
You will find this album on the Fryderyk Jona web site here or via Bandcamp here