• Sylvain Lupari

GERT EMMENS: Outland (2014)

Outland follows the paths that Gert has undertaken with his  first works mixed with some ambient signals lost in Signs

1 A First Encounter 13:00 2 Discovery of the Lost Civilization 13:38 3 The Temple on the Sacred Mountain 13:20 4 Return of the Warrior 11:18 5 Exploration Flights over Forbidden Area's 18:47 6 Departure 6 AM 7:48 Groove | GR-210

(CD/DDL 77:51) (V.F.)

(Netherlands School)

There is a history of camaraderie, of intimacy which binds the music of Gert Emmens to the soul, to the senses and to the ears of his fans. Since the dawn of his career, his music, and especially this sound, has weaved a link of complicity with his admirers. An indissoluble link which gets stronger since the sublime Wanderer of Time and which increases up to The Day After's territories. Even if sometimes Gert goes out of a comfort zone by knitting his musical stories in the nets of the progressive music (Memories in 2012) and of the ambient music (Signs in 2014). OUTLAND is a story of science fiction told in music with these movements of sequences which sculpture these delicate permutations of the floating rhythms unique to Gert Emmens' style and with these synths which flood our ears with breezes tinted of nostalgia. Written on the heels of Signs, we clearly perceive here the roots and the ambient influences, this last Gert Emmens' album receives the collaboration of Ruud Heij who co-wrote two tracks.

Some cracklings generate a thick cloud of reverberations from where escapes a warm movement of sequences which makes dance its keys weakly. Another line of bass sequences lifts up the structure of ambient rhythm of A First Encounter which zigzags, rises and comes down beneath the tears of a very melancholic synth. The Emmens seal seizes then our ears. Initially mid-ambient, the rhythm is pulsing delicately in the motionless harmonies of the sequences and in the breezes of a synth rather discreet up to here.