1 Cosmic Radiation 18:05
2 Time Warp 16:00
3 Gamma Decay 21:28
Lensflare Music (DDL 55:34)
(Cosmic and floating Berlin School)
**Chronique en français plus bas**
Breaths made of ochre and deaf reverberations perfume an introduction where a thick surface of synth waves and of rippling synth lines are retaining the impulse of "Cosmic Radiation". In fact, the intro, and the ambiences to come from this title, depicts quite right the territory in which "Cosmic Radiation" evolves and by ricochet this album of Lensflare. Cosmic electronic effects, and other ones purely electronic, mark out a procession at the counter of a title which has difficulty in breathing, so much the atmospheres are weaved in stitches of tones without holes to make breathe the tissue. Layers of voice? Why not! It was the only element being lacking in this puddle of sound graffiti and sound effects. And their presences after 3 minutes comfort the fans of Berlin School. We smell that Lensflare is going to give birth soon. But it will rather be like a mountain giving birth to a mouse. Sequences packed of radiances, one would say Syndromeda's sequencing pattern, roam here and there before a less irradiant line of sequences modulates these rhythms which flicker with alacrity to make dance our neurons. This first phase of motionless rhythm lays down short oscillations without cleaning up the elements of ambiences present from the first seconds of this first title, and which will be living right to the very end of “Ultraviolet 2”. Little by little, the structure frees shapes of cosmic rodeos to which are grafted layers of voices which are as much fed than the rippling vapors of the synths. And quite slowly, the life of "Cosmic Radiation" goes out under this thick veil of cosmic radiations.
If the first Ultraviolet was an album of free interpretation about Rubycon, “Ultraviolet 2” brings us back a little more in the universe of the cosmic atmospheres a bit complexes and progressives of The Valle dell' Inferno, released at the beginning of 2018. We are here in a mixture of ambient cosmic music and Berlin School, which the Italian synthesist has composed in his studio of Guidonia in Italy at this beginning of 2018. “Ultraviolet 2” is 3 long structures of which the slow evolutions take place in a universe where our ears have already put their lobes. Background noises, sound effects as cosmic as organic, sinuous lines and sinister reverberations as well as layers of voices and aerial flutes give birth and suffocate rhythms too weak to drill this sound opacity which is the ink of this album. "Time Warp" doesn't escape to this vision of Lensflare for this album, while only the short invasion of the sequencer in "Gamma Decay" escapes the domination of the atmospheres. For the rest, this “Ultraviolet 2” reaches the goal aimed; either a good cosmic music with a little of Berlin School.
Sylvain Lupari (May 18th, 2018) *****
Available on Lensflare's Bandcamp
CHRONIQUE en FRANÇAIS
Si le premier Ultraviolet était un album d'interprétation libre sur Rubycon, “Ultraviolet 2” nous ramène un peu plus dans l'univers des ambiances cosmiques un brin complexes et progressives de La Valle dell'Inferno, paru en début 2018. Nous sommes dans un mélange de musique d'ambiances cosmiques et de Berlin School, que le synthésiste Italien a composé dans son studio de Guidonia en Italie en ce début 2018. “Ultraviolet 2”, c'est 3 longues structures dont les lentes évolutions se passent dans un univers où nos oreilles ont déjà mis leurs lobes. Bruits de fond, effets sonores tant cosmiques qu'organiques, lignes sinueuses et réverbérations sinistres ainsi que nappes de voix et chants de flûtes donnent naissance et étouffent des rythmes trop faibles pour percer cette opacité sonore qui est l'encre de cet album. "Time Warp" n'échappe pas à cette vision de Lensflare pour cet album, alors que seule la courte évasion du séquenceur dans "Gamma Decay" échappe à la domination des ambiances. Pour le reste, ce “Ultraviolet 2” atteint le but visé; de la musique cosmique avec un peu de Berlin School.
Sylvain Lupari (18/05/18)