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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

VANDERSON Abyss (2014)

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Even if Abyss shows proudly its moods of a very cosmic IDM, the roots are not that far from those of the Berlin School

1 The Green Illusions 6:43

2 The Last Noise Particles 6:39

3 Rainy Afternoon 6:59

4 Synopsis 7:17

5 Somewhere from Integrated Circuit 10:15

6 Lunar Electronics 6:09

7 After the Rain 5:56

8 Greetings from the Exile 4:16

(DDL 54:17) (V.F.)

(Mix of IDM and Berlin School)

Resonant and podgy keys brush delicately the surface of the sound, dancing so with some discreet bass pulsations and percussions which let hear their felted banging in the airs of a cosmic techno. The Green Illusions starts this last opus of Vanderson in a mode of cosmic dance music. The rhythm is delicate, sometimes slightly tremulous, and decorated with a beautiful mixture of percussions and sequences of which the variances rock a beautiful lunar ballad. I don't know enough the music of Vanderson to say that his last album takes him away from his style which is usually the one of Berlin School. It is rather one of my good friends who pointed out to me that the Polish synthman had downright modified his style with ABYSS; an album which exploits much more the soft rhythms of a kind of IDM than the structures to the pleasant aromas of improvisation which is the vintage Berlin School. But we don't need to run away from it! Because quite slowly the music makes its charm through some small jewels which make that its whole will eventually seduce. After the kind of ambient dub house which is The Last Noise Particles, and its insidious melodic earworm, Rainy Afternoon stays in the field of dance music with a more supple rhythm, fed once again by a pattern beautiful of percussions and very melodious sequences. Astral, with its hoops of iodized lights, the melody is whistling such as ectoplasmic lamentations and haunts ears which forgot at times the sound of the rainy drops.

After the Rain is another beautiful small track is which exploits the kind of ambient dub. More hammering and more alive than The Last Noise Particles, Synopsis reminds me a little of Spyra with these notes of electric piano which drag a quite fragile melody in a pattern of boiling sequences and their organic chirpings. It's a track with a good beat, such as Lunar Electronics which is clearly more of a ballad kind, even with its finely bumpy rhythm. Somewhere from Integrated Circuit is the pearl of this album and makes us regret a little bit the orientation of Vanderson's last album. We always stay in the field of dance music, except that the Polish synthesist whitewashes his longest offering of ABYSS of a very ambiospherical Berlin School gravy. The intro is cosmic and uses wisely its first seconds with astral waves which sing as of soft interstellar hummingbirds. The sequences get stir nervously. They drum an ambient and circular rhythm which winds beneath the choirs. Some other and colorful percussions invite each other in this static dance, paving the way to some heavy bass pulsations which remodel the ethereal airs in a great morphic cosmic techno. Veils of synth weaved in violin harmonies caress this linear rhythm which pounds between two opportunities but which always keep its hypnotic Teutonic touch. This is very good. In fact, it sounds just like one of the most beautiful piece of EM this year so far. And Vanderson leaves us with another small piece of charm in order to conclude his ABYSS with Greetings from the Exile and its very Tangerine Dream synth harmonies which blow over another nice ambient dub rhythm. This is great EM we have here.

I admit that this album can faze those who were waiting an album of pure Berlin School. But if we listen carefully to his eight tracks, we notice that Maciej Wierzchowski doesn't go that far from these cosmic vibes of a kind which always seduces so much, even in its rather conservative approach. ABYSS abounds in rhythms which control themselves rather easily. Even if the percussions and the sequences seem to compete to make the pulse burst in parts, these rhythms remain as ambient as some lost steps which run after their legs on an immense mattress of cellophane. The impression to float remains and we reach a good nirvana with the superb Somewhere from Integrated Circuit. As I said higher; you should not run away because Vanderson is not that far from Spyra. We have to admit that the link has enough to seduce!

Sylvain Lupari (August 27th, 2014) ***½**

Disponible au Vanderson Bandcamp

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