samedi 24 septembre 2011

PAUL ELLIS: From Out of the Vast Comes Nearness (2011)

1 The Infinite, Minute by Minute 10:49
2 The Click and Chime of Passing Time 2:44
3 Firefly Rising Outshined by the Moon 13:47
4 From Out of the Vast Comes Nearness 15:32
5 Watch the Stars Come One by One 21:17

Spotted Peccary | LSM 21 (CD 74:23) ***½
(Mostly ambiospherical EM with subtle ambient beats)
Always so poetic, Paul Ellis has the gift to surround his works of very beautiful artworks and splendid titles. And it’s inside a splendid artwork sleeve, where people are staring at the sky and passing time that hides this superb realization of the American synthesist. Dedicated to artists who left their imprints on the electronic and minimalist music; Steve Roach, Klaus Schulze, Peter Baumann and Patrick O'Hearn,From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness” is a minimalist ode which soaks in atmospheres and atmospheres filled with a surprising variety of tones and enchanting spirals. This last Ellis’ opus reveals in 5 long musical acts where rhythms are less dominant than on the very beautiful The Last Hiding Place of Beauty. and where atmospheres are wrapped with an enchanting mixture of eclectic tones which cross this last musical poetry of the synth man.
So much delectable as mysterious, "The Infinite, Minute by Minute" opens with hesitating strident pulsations which beat of an intermittent way beside more somber and veiled pulsations. For this first track, Paul Ellis weaves a strange cosmic canvas where fine and muffled oscillations roam in a sky sieved of sinuous streaks, of sudden synth impulsions and beautiful solos which float in a fossilized ambiance. An ambiance which gradually waggles its torpor with a suave bass line, à la Patrick O'Hearn, increasing a crescendo, minute by minute, wrapped of delicate solos which glide over a cosmic ambiance to thousand mysteries and prismatic tones. Tones sometimes dark and sometimes limpid which are sucked up by a beautiful sequenced spiral which swirls and waltzs with the transparency of its chords, creating a superb timeless musical whirlwind to crystal chords which dance with all the romanticism of a sphere in the colors of prisms before diving back into its ambient universe to multiple pulsations and eclectic tones. A very nice track where the refinement of the minimalist art crosses enchanting lines of an oniric synth and series of ambivalent chords, "The Click and Chime of Passing Time" is a wonderful minimalist whirlwind which spins of its crystal clear chords through suave fluty synth lines. Chords swirl with a surprising musicality, crossing the romantic universe and daydreamer structures of Michael Stearns and Patrick O'Hearn, with fine modulations and impulsions initiated by lines of bass and synth which disrupt the course of a spiral where crystal clear arpeggios crisscross in a movement with subtle variations. Arpeggios marching in different tones where finely hatched lines cross drummed percussions/pulsations and suave fluty breezes on a minimalist structure which permutes subtly in a rich musical fauna wrapped by a synth of which multiple lines embrace a hypnotic movement which would turn again and again that we won’t notice time passing by. Yes, "The Click and Chime of Passing Time" is a great musical moment as magic as rapturous.
And “From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness” very soft and surprising musicality continues with "Firefly Rising Outshined by the Moon" and its arpeggios of glasses which dance in a captivating mist, harpooned by a bass line to more and more caustic notes and decorated by suave fluty lines as well as tones of a boiling cosmos. The movement gradually wakes up with a soft sequenced escapade. Jerky sequences draw a delicate incursion towards soft a progressive rhythmic where piano notes and hybrid synth layers, in the tones of flutes and trumpets, swirl slowly around this fine glass spiral which turns around dramatic impulsions mislay here and there. Slowly, the momentum of "Firefly Rising Outshined by the Moon" gets lost in the multiplicity of scattered impulsions and implosions which revolve around a surprising structure where harmonies and melodies transcend its intersidereal peace of mind. The title track, "From Out of the Vast Comes Nearness", is a long ambient movement where muffled reverberating pulsations beat a measure without rhythms in a heavy ambiance garnished of cosmic waves. A movement which is not without reminding Klaus Schulze's first atonal works, "From Out of the Vast Comes Nearness" offers a stunning musical variety with a very poetic synth which displays an array of tones swarming among floating layers and a beautiful cosmic mist where sparkle stars and eclectic tones on a slow ambient and enchanting movement. "Watch the Stars Come One by One" ends this Paul Ellis' last opus in the continuity of the first 4 tracks. It’s a long track to hybrid atmospheres beginning with another beautiful circular movement fed by fine twinkling arpeggios which flutter in a charming oblivion before a heavy synth wave strikes this delicate glass spiral. A synth which frees swaying solos, among series of chords which flit on the back of a heavy bass line to resonant notes. In spite of these noisy bass notes this last track evolves gently with solos become flutier, drawing beautiful melodies that a piano absorbs of its incisive notes. Notes hammered vigorously in a universe to multiple musical tones, as these heavy pulsations which fall in a cavern where walls ooze from droplets of water and these jingles of stars which travel among a synth with curt metallic pads. Carillons which resound in the tones of prisms and replace the order of things, established by the intro of "Watch the Stars Come One by One".
And so ends “From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness”, a very beautiful opus fed by a surprising musicality for an album stuffed with so many heterogeneous tones. Quieter and smoothing than The Last hiding Place of Beauty, Paul Ellis manages to do a tour de force by weaving movements to variable atmospheres which leave place to fine harmonies and short melodies scattered throughout these 75 minutes. I quite liked well his winks of eye to those artists of whom he dedicates his last opus. Yes “From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness” is full of reminiscences of Schulze and O'Hearn on minimalist structures more harmonious than those of Steve Roach. A very good album fed by slow circular rhythms from which glass tones draw beautiful musical poetries. A poetry which floats with all the delicacy of its movements as oniric as enchanting.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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