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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

SEQUENTIAL DREAMS & Friends: Cosmic Touch (2013)

Cosmic Touch is like a Best Of... of a whole bunch of artists where we can only notice that the future of EM is between good hands

1 Astral Gates (Johan Tronestam) 7:52

2 Liquid Fire (Ryo Utasato) 6:24

3 The Cosmic Touch (Celestial View) 6:00

4 NY Flight (JampyKeys) 8:43

5 Fire (Daniel Wolf) 6:04

6 Solaria (Synthesist) 5:22

7 Nexus 6 4:02 (Kuutana)

8 Sorcerers Apprentice (Daniel Wolf) 7:21

9 Encounter at Proxima 5 (Kuutana) 4:46

10 Floh (Wolfgang Roth) 5:50

11 Touched the Sky (Cousin Silas) 8:40

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(CD-R/DDL 71:07) (V.F.)

(Energic EM with a zest of cosmic New Berlin School)

Yeah, needs not to be afraid of saying it; there is an interesting artist inside our borders who is spreading his artistic signature on all the universe of EM. COSMIC TOUCH is an ambition project introduced by Ron Charron's Kuutana who gathers 9 musicians scattered through the globe. From Canada to Japan by way of Italy, Sequential Dreams pecks in each of the influences, as artistic as tribal, of Johan Tronestam, Cousin Silas, Wolfgang Roth, Celestial View, Ryo Utasato, Jampy Keys, Daniel Wolf and Synthesist in order to create an electronic mosaic inspired by the rhythms and ambiences of Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. And he didn't miss the target!

Astral Gates kicks things up with a slow and heavy circular rhythm. The sequences zigzag and climb awkwardly a vertical spiral. Riffs of electronic guitar pour a brief approach of intergalactic western while a delicate synth lies down the patterns of a soft electronic melody. It's a good musical itch that goes and comes, which sings and twitters between some thin threads of sequences in the shape of stroboscopic rhythms, some slamming percussions and more resonant chords, pushing Astral Gates towards heavier territories, more disordered where the rhythm of origin tries to rebuff itself in good harmonic paintings out of control. This is some very good and very lively Johan Tronestam. We like? We are going to be delight with the powerful and very striking Nexus 6 which is composed by Kuutana who co-write or write all the tracks here. Anyway, Astral Gates is a kicker! Liquid Fire follows with a rather similar pattern of rhythm; hectic pulsations and slamming percussions where recollections of Tangerine Dream (Marakesh) and JM Jarre (Chronology) macerate a lively rhythm, eroded by its many abruptness, which wears a nice melody perfumed of the Middle East. This mixture is quite exquisite, like on Floh by the way. The Cosmic Touch is a good lunar melody. A cosmic down-tempo with arpeggios sparkling like new sound stars on a slow rhythm which tries to flee through brief passages a bit strobe. A saxophone spreads a soft cloud of melancholy which fits very well with the melodious stars. NY Flight presents a more dark vision with synth lines swirling such as apocalyptic revolving lights. The whole thing draws its source from the influences of the French keyboard wizard and Vangelis