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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

THOUGHT GUILD: Archiphonic (2018)

“Archiphonic is a very nice album whose music is ideal to lead a neophyte into the wonderful world of EM”

1 Time Warp 77 5:38 2 Three Moons Melding 4:52 3 Summer's End 9:36 4 Minimus VI 6:18 5 Lifepools (Indonesian Bliss Remix) 7:59 6 Iridescent Resonance (Realm Remix) 7:40 7 Cathedrals of Stone (TCR Remix) 8:58 HHR182003

(CD-r/DDL 51:01) (V.F.) (Pacific & Berlin School)

Here is a new collection of unreleased music that Gregory Kyryluk (Alpha Wave Movement) found in the vault of forgotten recordings of Thought Guild. ARCHIPHONIC thus proposes 4 titles, the four first ones, which were composed around 2000 in the spirit of the composers of the vintage years, be do it all yourself. The music is simply beautiful with a scent of the 70' s and with a vision which meets that of Jean-Michel Jarre, Michael Garrison and Earth Star. In order to complete ARCHIPHONIC, Gregory Kyryluk adds 3 remixes of titles already recorded by Thought Guild during that same time.

It's with an analog warmth of the vintage years that Time Warp 77 comes to our ears. This little gem offers a fluid rhythm with sequences which resonate just enough to give them an elastic tone. These rubbery steps oscillate with a good fluidity which is following the harmonious axis of a synth whose nasal song accepts a misty shadow. We are in the golden years of cosmic rock with this title going off in my collection timeless earworm. Three Moons Melding is a title of atmospheres which begins with a solitary song, and especially spiritual, from a synth in mode contemplation. We float in this ambient approach which ends with an intensity worthy of the good moments of Steve Roach's ambient tribal music. A little in the same genre, but more in a cosmic ballad form, Summer's End offers a slow tempo, the line-bass is totally vampiric, with lines and layers of synth which multiply seraphic chants and mystic hazes. A very nice title, ideal for beddy-byes! Minimus VI offers a mid-tempo braced by jumping sequences and by sober percussions. This rhythm develops with a rich velocity in mid-course. And it's also an ideal structure to develop a rhythmic extraterrestrial language sculpted on sound effects and on percussive effects. It's very pleasant for ears eager for tonal sensations. Synth pads, still in the colors of the Pacific School, throw musical fog jets, luminous headlights which spin with an apocalyptic scent and filaments of fire which shear up some ambiences become abstruse.

Thought Guild was something quite unique and thanks to Gregory Kyryluk to help us discover the music of this American duo who have had only time to make 2 albums in the early 2000's. And how did the music sound in those years? Three titles from this period are offered on this album in a new musical vision. Lifepools (Indonesian Bliss Remix) is getting a new look. Originally very ambient in the album Context, it proposes here a pulsating rhythm knotted around a series of jerky spasms. The soundscapes are adorned with these granular synth pads which turn into chants of ghosts with elements of the Pacific School. It's between Steve Roach and Robert Rich, especially with the Indonesian metallic percussion effects. I know Iridescent Resonance for having heard it in Third Voyage. It's a beautiful track of ambiences with mourning synth waves. Here it's slightly livelier with good tribal percussion effects. The synth waves are also more accentuated. In the end, I prefer this Iridescent Resonance (Realm Remix) because of its new sound richness and its tribal rhythm. Cathedrals of Stone (TCR Remix) is also taken from the album Context. It's a quiet title which slowly develops to the sound of soft and magnetizing tribal percussions.

ARCHIPHONIC is a very nice album whose music is well in saddle between the boundaries of ambient soundscapes of the Pacific School and the soft rhythms of the Berlin School, by moments, if not tribal with a signature Steve Roach. There are beautiful pearls in this album which is ideal to bring a neophyte into the world of EM. A nice surprise which is worth its weight in gold!

Sylvain Lupari (July 7th, 2018) ****¼*

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