jeudi 24 janvier 2013

JEROME FROESE: Precooked Munchies (EP 2007)

“Precooked Munchies is a very good EP and an excellent complement to Shiver Me Timbers...but you'll have to find it”
1 A Mellow Morning  6:38
2 Mrs. Misty Kiss  6:35
3 Sea Miles  5:38
4 Joy And Sorrow 8:12
5 Lamb with Radar Eyes 7:04 
  (live at Circus Krone, Munich 1997)

Ricochet Dream | RD026 (CD-EP 34:07) ****
(Rock'n'Teutronica and Guitartronica)

I begin back to front. After having cheerfully eaten every bits of sound from Shiver Me Timbers, now I'm savouring its EP of accompaniment; “Precooked Munchies”. Throughout such an elegant naming, Jerome was answering to the needs of his fans that were waiting for an upcoming full length album for a while now. Six months separate this EP from its album and the 2 first tracks are the same, and in the same order, as on Shiver Me Timbers. After the superb "A Mellow Morning" and "Mrs. Misty Kiss", "Sea Miles" unscrews us from the floor with a spiral sequencing movement which spins and clink like metallic percussions to be made go pale Jean Michel Jarre. This is intelligent and provocating synth pop, like we find at full tones all over Shiver Me Timbers. This track is simply amazing with its stream of sequences which skip in alternation before getting criss-crossed in fine oscillatory waves. The mood is filled by a contemporary psychedelic aura and deviates subtly towards a heavier rhythmic with a bass line and its claustrophobic oscillations which awaken a surprising meshing of rolling balls sequences of which the oblong serpentine is circulating between superb strikings of percussions to thousand echoes and the heart-rending riffs of a Guitartronica more melodious than blasting. Let's say put that Jerome fills our ears to the rim. The intro of "Joy and Sorrow" offers a delicate rhythm. A rhythm of Caribbean islands with tom-toms which drum on the fragile chords of a guitar which displays its harmonious loops, and its peevish riffs, before sinking into a heavy electronic rock with powerful loops and good harmonious solos which feed at the end a progressive techno à la Chemical Brothers. "Lamb with Radar Eyes" doesn't presentation. This track out of TD's 96 Goblins Club is brilliantly interpreted here and presents a quite interesting evolution with a high-quality live sounding.
Precooked Munchies” is out of print and the price asked, when one pops out here and there, is quite expensive. I'll let you be the judge if it's worth it or not, but this is quite a great EP here and an excellent complement to Shiver Me Timbers. We discover in it a mordant and proud Jerome Froese who seems to have a lot of fun on his explosive structures without never neglected the melodious approach. A signature that will follow him for his many next works.
Sylvain Lupari (July 30th, 2007 and translated on January 7th, 2013)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream:

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