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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

AD MUSIC: E-Scape 2020

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

Some pretty beautiful EM that can be heard everywhere, especially in the current context

1 Cloudburst (The Garwin Project) 5:45

2 Strands of Tranquility (Volt) 6:57

3 Shrine (Remix) (Ian Boddy) 9:20

4 Veni, Vidi, Lacrimavi (Carys) 5:50

5 Run Four (The Garwin Project) 9:20

6 House of Chimes (Robert Fox) 9:50

7 Sigh (Ron Boots) 8:20

8 Meltdown (Chill out Remix) (Code Indigo) 5:30

9 Kinematic Star (Volt) 6:55

10 Stars Dream on (David Wright) 9:00

AD Music | AD214CD

(CD/DDL 76:47) (V.F.)

(E-Rock, England School, Melodious EM)

Like each spring since 2015, AD Music presents its E-Scape festival. And this festival had a special flavor for David Wright this year since the funds raised were intended for the organization MENCAP which helps people with serious learning problems. For David, this project is linked to Albania - The Korçë Project, an initiative to raise funds for poor children in Albania. And this project in 1995 was aborted for legal reasons beyond the control of AD Music. This year, COVID-19 was in the path of the English artist's good intentions. And there were big names on this year's E-Scape guest list. Volt, Robert Fox, Ian Boddy, Ron Boots accompanied the long-awaited return of Code Indigo, while 2 new names, The Garwin Project and Carys, completed this list of distinguished guests, of which the crowning of the event was the thing of David Wright. Never giving up, the one to whom we owe the superb Walking with Ghosts has invested deeply in asking his guests to participate to the making of the usual CD linked to the event, E-SCAPE 2020.

The compilation opens with a title that does more in progressive rock with a very Pink Floyd essence, Cloudburst by The Garwin Project. The guitar throws very good solos with David Gilmour aromas. As long as you'd think that it was him! The bass line weaves an enchanting rhythm of cosmic blues while the synth puts down bitter lines. A good title of progressive rock, while the second composition of the band, Run Four is an excellent England School which begins with a psychedelic-ambient approach before the sequencer comes out of silence some 4 minutes later. The flow is as sharp as the oscillations which flashed in its opening. A seraphic layer of voices welcomes this stationary rhythm which oscillates slowly in order to pour its rhythmic flow into some good cinematographic orchestrations. Between rhythm and its penchant for psybient, Run Four gave me the opportunity to meet an artist who seems interesting to me. I was talking about the expected comeback of Code Indigo, what about that of Volt who has given us nothing since A Day Without Yesterday in early 2016? Strands of Tranquility presents an ambient rhythm with sequences fluttering on the spot before following the harshness of percussions. The synth solos are splendid on this catchy rhythm which gradually melts to adopt the musical perfumes of the vintage years with a nice flute of the mellotron. Kinematic Star goes through all the phases of EM before overthrowing us in a solid electronic rock made in England where solos of synths and imitation guitar compete in