“Three monuments of EM with variations on the same theme, Blue Dream is to the 2010's what Mirage was in the 80's”
1 Fly Over Me 33:23
2 The Approach 21:44
3 Vibrations 15:00
Sequentia Legenda Music (DDL 70:07) *****
(New Berlin School)
Finally! Nearly two months after the release of the E.P.
Fly Over Me, Sequentia Legenda presents his very first album entitled “Blue Dream”.
A wait which was worth it, friends and fans of an EM decorated with
these repetitive loops of rhythms, because Sequentia Legenda surfs on
the beginnings of his wonderful E.P. which gave me back this taste to
plunge myself back into the unconditional charms of this kind of
minimalist New Berlin School, such as proposed by Klaus Schulze with his timeless Mirage. And if we have adored Fly Over Me
we are going to devour its crumbs. As for me, I'm in a conflict of
passion. I had simply fall for this beautiful E.P., and yet I have
downright felt again under the so many charms of “Blue Dream”.
long metallic whoosh sweeps the horizons, freeing particles of prism
which sparkle in a rush of whoosh and of whiish among which synth lines
and synth waves criss-cross their sibylline perfumes. The first bass
pulsations are wriggling in the background, bickering with metallic
jingles which clink in this mesmerizing fusion of those multiple
aromatic lines of "The Approach". Sequentia Legenda
spreads gradually his minimalist structure. The rhythm skips and pounds
with a light gap between its parallel lines, creating a fascinating
troop of jumping keys which harmonize their cabrioles under the subtle
gradations of synth lines, both in colors and tones. Very familiar with
the essences of Fly Over Me, the structure of "The Approach"
is however more lively and more fluid. This is the minimalist art in
its most musical shape here. The electronic percussions, which always
remain very present, redirect the swiftness and the shape of the rhythm a
little after the 9th minute, producing the plans of a subtle crescendo.
Their strikes and their rollings put in the background this rhythm
embroidered around jerks of sequences, but also accentuate these pads of
voices which, unified with other pads to the iridescent brilliances and
other pads wrapped of cosmic mist, spread a delicious perfume of
hypnosis. This is as much beautiful as Fly Over Me,
even if quite similar. With a clear propensity for the approaches of
those movements of crystal clear and minimalist sequences from Klaus
Schulze in Mirage, it's just obvious that Sequentia Legenda
would eventually by encroach with more accuracy in the paths of the
great master. We remember these delicate arpeggios which rang at Crystal Lake's opening? We remember this second draft of Mirage in Big in Japan? The introduction of "Vibrations"
plunges us right in the heart of these two universes. We could
downright speak about plagiarism if the track didn't sneak between both
variations of "Fly Over Me" and "The Approach".
The execution is the same, only the ambiences differ. Here the synth
pads always caress so warmly this delicate electronic staccato which
amplifies its measure with as much subtlety as delicacy, whilst
electronic chirpings of the beautiful Schulze's
analog years come to peck at our ears and to awake soft memories of a
time that will always stay in the firmament of the unconditional charms
of EM. The proof? This wonderful obsession which surrounds the Sequentia
Legenda phenomenon who, with an approach so candid, manages to put
between our ears a thing for which we would never have hoped.
Three monuments of EM with variations on the same theme, “Blue Dream” is to the 2010's what Mirage was in the 80's. If several people are going to talk about plagiarism, me I see an audacious extension of the work from Schulze here, in the same way that Redshift, Node, Arc and so many other artists have doing it for the music of Tangerine Dream.
It's obvious that these crystal clear sequences which sparkle, skip and
crisscross in order to unwind an ambitious minimalist pattern is an
object of passion for all those who worship this musical genre. But
beyond this similarity with the work of Klaus Schulze, Sequentia Legenda
raises himself as in a very good architect of his structures by
decorating them with thousand subtleties which invade ears with a
merciless taste to start again after each listening. It's intrusive and
subjugating. And, there is no harm done to indulge ourselves. So have
fun, because this “Blue Dream” will obsess you relentlessly.
This is more than good. And I'm pretty sure that it will be on the top
of my list of the best albums of 2015.
Sylvain Lupari (March 27th, 2015)
gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca
You will find this album on the Sequentia Legenda Bandcamp page here