jeudi 28 juillet 2011

FRED YARGUI: Berlin Experiment (2010)

There is something very beautiful in Berlin Experiment. At once romantic, nostalgic and oniric, this 1st album of the French musician Fred Yargui is tinted of a Berlin School approach where movements are wrapped by a poetic and captivating musicality. There’s something going on in France. The progressive and experimental EM is in full expansion; in particular thanks to Olivier Bégué's implication with is Cosmiccagibi magazine as well as the label and Patch Work Music association that I’m writing you about since a few months. Beyond that, there are other emerging artists such as Awenson and Fred Yargui. Fred Yargui composes EM since 1984. Over the years he built a good studio and composed several tracks strongly influenced and inspired by Tangerine Dream, in particularly the Schmoëlling years, and Berlin School style where heavy mellotron embrace minimalist rhythms. Berlin Experiment is a superb example.
A brief synthesized chant opens "After a of Day’s Work" which loosens its rhythm with a sequential line with chaotic chords being divided in two in an echoing harmony. Sequences rolling as balls with a low tone which espouse another sequential movement filled of chords as much hopping and more crystal clear. A soft, warm and very captivating synth surrounds this fine rhythm of a musical veil which wraps this very nice introduction. Doubtless, we are in Berlin School soils, more precisely in the divided rhythms introduced by the sequential approach of Chris Franke. The mellotron mist intensifies its charm whereas heavy reverberations lash delicately "After a of Day’s Work" which is allying of a beautiful flute tone. Percussions fall a little after 6 minutes to slightly shake this sparkling minimalist rhythmic which marks a beautiful evolutionary pace with beautiful solos of a very lyrical synth, coated of a suave and mystic mellotron approach. "The Photographer" is a very beautiful track with a fine rhythm which unfolds on a super synth / mellotron combination of which the delicate and scraggy chant bewitches and awakes any melancholy which slumbers in us. It’s a very beautiful piece of music which amazes due to its enchanting structure, quite as the title track "Berlin Experiment" which is a small jewel of the minimalist art of which frames is not without recalling us Peter Baumann's first solo works. The rhythm is built on a series of hopping sequences from which the brilliance shines among nice and bit spectral wanderings of a synth / mellotron to hybrid singings. Enchanting and enigmatic, "Dark Journey" is really in the spirit of its naming with a slightly jerky minimalism rhythm which is supported by a dark tone of a tenebrous organ. Heavy and resonant solos from a gloomy synth feed the mysterious entity that is "Dark Journey" whereas suddenly appear beautiful solos of a more musical synth. Solos singing on a dark and hypnotic rhythm which in the end are embraced and wrapped of an impenetrable mellotron mist.
It is with hesitation that "D428C Part 3" settles down. Fine and crystalline arpeggios shining with a hybrid tone skip on a sober pulsation. Quietly the tempo is stealthily outlined. It’s slow and besieged by a multitude of chords which resound and cavort lazily until percussions liven up and hammer a pace as slow as heavy. A pace adorned by solos of a synth as sober as "D428C Part 3" structure which continues to vibrate towards its hybrid arpeggios. It’s all the opposite of "Mind Break" which offers a similar rhythmic structure but sharply more lively with nice Froese style synth solos. "Clayton’s Serenity" ends Berlin Experiment in softness and beauty. It’s a damn good track which starts with a heavy synth to resonant dialect. An intro a bit acid which becomes milder with beautiful mellotron veils surrounding "Clayton’s Serenity" of a strange and enchanting tranquility whereas that a fine bass line is coming out of it to pulse under this mellotron  blanket which doesn’t succeed to contain these reverberating chords. Just before the 6th minute, and through this mellotron heaviness, emerges a fine sequential line provided with delicate hopping chords. Chords which draw a musical frame slightly, but uniformly, chaotic such as a fine spiral waving beneath the yoke of a mellotron threat. And percussions fall. They fall in a completely unexpected way and shape a great languishing and sensual tempo, as a beautiful long electronic slow dance, which thread one's way through this beautiful sequential movement and brings us near serenity.
As beautiful as described, Berlin Experiment is a very nice opus which brings us near an EM of a more contemporary Berlin School style. It’s a terrific musical journey in the lands of Tangerine Dream, of the Schmoëlling era, with just what it takes to awaken even more distant memories but always so delicious. There are small pearls on this opus where the accessibility goes alongside to a sometimes more complex approach but which is taming with all the nostalgic sweetness which submerges this Fred Yargui's first work.

Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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