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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

KRYFELS: Spacemind (2015)

“The beauty of Spacemind is to believe it! I would even say to live this story and the emotions of a man who goes where his destiny calls him”

1 Neuronal Activation for Space-Time Travel 13:58 2 Crepuscular March 13:18 3 Space -Time Crossing 7:54 4 Eternal Farewells 5:13 5 The Arrival (Kepler 186f) 11:04 6 A new Existence 5:34 7 Forgotten Light 4:00 8 The Arrival (Kepler 186f) B Version 11:36

(CD 72:56) (V.F.)

(Berlin School)

It's very sweet! A bit like the cozy rhythms of Body Love where the sequences moved with a melodious attitude. After the tearful sighs of a synth in saxophone suit, Neuronal Activation for Space-Time Travel seizes our ears with the same magnetism as those balls of rhythm that structured the ambient rhythms of PTO and Velvet Voyage. Jingles accompany the accelerated journey of our spirit to space-time. Minimalist, the rhythm is superb with the delicious friction between the balls of rhythms and these imperfections, these well-placed deficiencies, which stimulates a more attentive listening in order not to miss anything of Neuronal Activation for Space-Time Travel which opens this 2nd opus from Kryfels. SPACEMIND is built upon a story, that of the first human being who will travel in space-time. The basic idea is that the mind and the Universe would be intimately linked. And the universe of Kryfels, composed of purely analog equipment, is more than adequate to set the images of this trip to music. An apathetic heaviness initiates Crepuscular March. We feel a heavy anxiety for this traveling companion of the astronaut who is heading for his spaceship. The synth pads languish like souls in pain, weaning their anguish with ululations lying on the dark carpet of an organ and of its sinister chant. The first beats appear at the door of 5 minutes. They follow a slow ascending spiral with a slight acceleration of the pace. The setting becomes more cosmic, although its processional elements remain frozen in a form of anguish, with more ethereal synth blades as well as an embellishment in the moods closer and closer to the Moon. Heavy riffs initiate Space-Time Crossing, the journey. Layers with analog tones, as much like the decorating ingredients, act like propellant elements of a rhythm guided by a quick fluttering movement of the sequences which strongly alternate the pace of a fluid cadence. The structure of the synthesized winds acts as the accelerator of a space travel to Kepler 186f. It creates a corridor and drives the flow of the rhythm which flies at an unimaginable speed. The modulations in the rhythmic structure amplify this sensation, binding our ears to our imagination for a journey where heavy riffs add an element of urgency. The velocity in the solos, especially in the second part, also acts as a catalyst in this space race against light.

The ritornello of Eternal Farewells is just like its title. This is a sequenced melody that rolls in a loop in a sadly distressing decor. The synth pads are heavy of teardrops and their sonic wings spread sighs and reflections in an astral void. It's a one-way trip, with no possible returns. It's with a shower of whistling winds that our astronaut lands his ship on The Arrival (Kepler 186f). Processional organ pads unblock a slow movement that is whipped by the velocity of the winds and of the shooting stars. Ambivalent on its structure, the title is committed to a moderate rhythm after a din of special sound effects that suggests that the dialogue is undergoing. And this rhythm wavers idly, like the tick-tack of a clock trying to go reverse. The layers are still sinister. And the rhythm sees another opening where it goes in a greater aplomb in a sonic decor where sci-fi and unreal cohabit with a disconcerting ease. We are really on a strange planet and A New Existence confirms it with a title of atmospheres a la Ashra and its Blackouts album. Forgotten Light ends SPACEMIND in beauty. With an intense title and whose arrangements give chills to the soul. The Arrival (Kepler 186f) B Version serves as a kind of bonus track and offers another version of the arrival on Kepler 186f. I would say it's a bit more musical. Except that giving a benefit to one version means that one element of the other gets more successful. So, the two titles are quite similar, but version B remains more musical and at times more poignant with its emotions that seem more tangible. But no matter, we have 2 versions for the price of one!

The beauty of SPACEMIND is to believe it! I would even say to live this story and the emotions of a man who goes where his destiny calls him. Where he will not come back. And I must admit that it's quite a surprise, me who had forgotten this album on the counter of memories more and more fractured by time. There are a lot of emotions on some great analog structures of an album whose originality is surprising, since it's very rare that these albums which try to go back in time find an original way of doing it. Yes, to the scents of Ashra, to the essences of Klaus Schulze! But they are very small and serve much more to locate the reader in front of this work which certainly should belong to history. Both for its concept and its originality, which at no moments weary a story that has constantly pulled on the threads of my soul. Hat to you Kryfels!

Sylvain Lupari (September 4th, 2018) ****½*

Available at PWM Distrib

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