• Sylvain Lupari

ALIEN NATURE: The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius (2013)

Updated: Sep 2, 2019

“The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius is at the grandeur of Alien Nature who was never afraid of going out of his comfort zone”

1 Things to Come 6:56 2 Star Billard 5:26 3 The Motionless Bird 6:54 4 Malvina 5:59 5 Arm Jourth 5:46 6 The Archer 2:31 7 The Tall Building 5:18 8 Room No 6 7:36 9 The Intermediate Zone 8:02 10 Megalithic City 11:28 11 Altered Reality 6:53 12 Room No 9 6:58 SynGate | CD-r AN07

(CD-r/DDL 79:47) (V.F.)

(Hard and Heavy e-rock)

Agile sequences are having some sudden starts and shape deep oscillations in a sonic corridor stuffed of creaking doors and by tremulous rustles of fears. And bang! Shy percussions gather up the intro of Things to Come to propel it in a universe of electronic hard rock where the heavy lines of bass are teaming up with hatched guitar riffs and sequences which roll at full speed. While the synth throws its harmonies, which are transformed into very musical solos, the rhythm breathes more freely and allies its fury to some quieter passages which float on the foggy wings of a very inspiring Mellotron. It's a whole shock wave that invades our ears with this new musical madness of Alien Nature. THE AIRTIGHTGARAGE OF JERRY CORNELIUS is an album of pure electronic rock, nibbled by brief ambiospherical interludes, built around a sci-fi novel written by Jean Giraud (Moebius) in the late 70's for the French-Belgian magazine; Metal Hurlant. And as much tell it to you straightaway; the music is as so totally mad as Jerry Cornelius' improbable weird stories.

Everything is well tied up around this sonic novel. The ambiences are rich, and Wolfgang Barkowski succeeds to put in music Jean Giraud's very adventurous visions through a symphony of synth solos which sing the adventures of the dark hero on musical themes which stick marvellously with the unrealities of this cult BD. So Star Billard unfolds its intense black intro with strata of violin which notch the drama. If the movement is slow, it's also very heavy. Drafts of a viral Mellotron transports it in a sublime lento that riffs and percussions are splitting up by lively and subtle attacks. Soft on heavy which ends by hurtle down the slopes of a rhythm now galloping at a brisk pace on the sinuous vapors of the solos from a synth and its very harmonious cooings. Riffs! Always these riffs out of Thomas Droste's guitar which feed a fury sustained by unbridled percussions of which the discretion of the rollings condenses the rhythm in a morphic envelope too heavy to make us sleep. The Motionless Bird offers the first real ambient moments of THE AIRTIGHTGARAGE OF JERRY CORNELIUS with Martin Rohleder