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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

MARKUS REUTER: Sultry Kissing Lounge (2014)

“This is mainly going to charm the fans of Eno/Fripp with long abstract guitar laments which plunge us into the dark territories of ambient music”

1 Kandi 6:41

2 Patricia 4:58

3 Francesca 4:38

4 Lorena 5:45

5 Olga 5:05

6 Veronica 6:35

7 Valentina 4:12

8 Julia 6:05

9 Brigitte 4:44

10 Josefine 6:57

11 Roberta 5:29

12 Michaela 6:32

13 Gabrielle 9:54

Unsung Productions ‎– IAP1401

(DDL 78:06) (V.F.)

(Ambient & experimental Touch Guitar)

We know the name of Markus Reuter for his numerous collaborations with Ian Boddy and more recently with Stephen Parsick. A dominant figure in the circles of progressive ambient music, he presents here his last solo album since Trepanation, released in 2009. His 7th since his Taster in 1997. Whether it's with Centrozoon and his long-time partner Bernhard Wöstheinrich, or in duet, the German guitarist brings a sulphurous dimension in sonic atmospheres which grow rich of his abstract vocabulary. Needs to hear Colour Division with Ian Boddy and Ceasing To Exist with Stephen Parsick, to seize all the dimension of this skillful sculptor of enigmatic vibes who sheds his burning tears and hissing guitars' strata among which the slow loops and the long agonies are merging into some nebulas vampiric waves and give an intriguing soundscapes to a meditative music which is dying of black. In solo, the effect is rather different! SULTRY KISSING LOUNGE is a sonic collection of 13 music pieces where Markus Reuter tortures and exorcises his Touch Warr Guitar to give it some Robert Fripp's airs. A six-strings which looks for the linear vibes of Brian Eno in sonic capsules devoid of rhythms. Moreover, the reference to this duet is quite indicated to describe at best this album. So much that our ears are sometimes quite confused.

It's within the framework of The Crimson ProjeKCt's tour, which took place in Europe in spring 2014, that the bases of this album were conceived, played and mostly recorded in improvisation sessions. This project, which includes the participation of artists as famous as Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Tobias Ralph, and Julie Stick, is an homage to the work of King Crimson. And it was Markus Reuter who opened those shows with short interludes to which he gave feminine names. Kandi appears at our ears in a shy way. Soft Cartesian waves float as spectres in the black. We hear delicate pulsations which are smothered by slow lifeless momentums from which the swirls are doing immense sonic waves and add a quite affectionate mood. Intelligent in his presentation, Markus Reuter establishes a kind of sound crescendo