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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

DASK & THANECO: Oneira (2019)

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

“Oneira literally sticks to the visions of its authors and is addressing to fans of experimental ambient music”

1 Daydream 21:27 2 False Awakening 13:54 3 Nightmare 15:28 4 Lucid Dream 17:54

(CD-r/DDL 68:43) (V.F.)

(Experimental ambient music)

A powerful wave, a dense hollow wind assails our ears that perceive chords wandering discreetly behind this opaque sonic curtain which assails the opening of Daydream. Like between two phases of sleep, our senses perceive things in half. The chords become more perceptible whereas that effects which get in are making their auditory visibility still drowned in a passive but stormy din. We hear voices, sounds of a city and tiny synth laments which turn into orchestrations. In short, we dream awake! This opening awakens to a more musical reality around 7 minutes, when chimes tinkle in a Mephistophelian universe. A sequencer, two lines dance with these chimes while chthonian murmurs confirm the Luciferian approach of the Dask & Thaneco duo which formulates a mocking goblin dance with the steps of the sequencer. Without a body or a continuous form, Daydream is like a dream which borders nightmare. The music crumbles its protean visions where rhythmic embryos die before walking. ONEIRA for dreams! This second collaboration between David Marsh and Thanasis Oikonomopoulos takes us away from the Elemental's ambiances with 4 long titles which let freedom to ambient structures which stick to the reality of each title. Structures modulated on the perceptions of dreams that the duo restores with a vision darker than enchanting in a broth sound always moving. Exception made of False Awakening and its very Vangelis vision! The chords and arrangements sound exactly like the great Greek musician in his more experimental genre. An interesting title which progresses with an intensity in the tone while remaining ambient and more accessible to the fans of the convoluted structures from the composer of Chariots of Fire. A title of ambiences even darker than in Daydream, Nightmare doesn't need description. Let's say that the music really sticks to the identity of its title. A lot of effects, masses of winds and hollows and not an ounce of rhythm. Agreements, almost liturgical, tinkle in the opening of Lucid Dream. Their harmonies blend into orchestral arrangements which sweep the horizons in order to bring the moods into darker visions. A short moment! Because Lucid Dream begins a heavy procession which is adorned of synth filaments which come and go like some cosmic verses in a stroboscopic dance. Another short moment because the music changes skin for an ambient approach with a keyboard which scatters its arpeggios in a slow melodious waltz flagellated by these innumerable filaments and caressed by layers of absent voices.

The beauty of ONEIRA is that its music literally sticks to the visions of its authors. A music on the other hand difficult to approach and which addresses to the fans of a genre where the art, the sound creation passes before the accessibility of a music for a wider public. And if one approaches ONEIRA with the idea of meeting a music which embraces its innumerable possibilities, we will find this album to live up to its expectations. Available in HQ on the SynGate Music platform.

Sylvain Lupari (March 3rd, 2019) *****

Available at SynGate's Bandcamp

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