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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

VANDERSON: Synthetic Breath (2012)

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Synthetic Breath is a charming opus which explores the most beautiful years of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream

1 A Tribute to Tangerine Dream 6:00

2 Planet of Visions 12:01

3 Sunrain 7:00

4 Synthasy 9:54

5 Final Sequence 8:57

6 Psychedelic Brunch 15:08

(CD 59: 09) (V.F.)

(Berlin School)

The first time I heard Vanderson was with Visions that I had savoured with incredulous ears. Maciej Wierzchowski gave a splendid musical testimony to the cradle of his influences, the Berlin School. And SYNTHETIC BREATH joins in the same vein with 6 compositions which explore the most beautiful years of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. Excepted for Synthasy, which seems to be a kind of Tangram remix, the rest of the album reopens abandoned phases among which the continual appetite of fans for the genre and the perpetual inquisition of the artists influenced by this period demonstrate that the Berlin School style will have the end only when the end will have its own end.

The first sequences which drag the album out of its silence seem to be astray from Rubycon while A Tribute to Tangerine Dream begins this journey through the creative stages of Berlin School with a sequential movement fed by undisciplined keys. These keys which pound and skip in all directions bring the rhythmic nuances to a fluid rhythm of which the oscillating strength pushes against the apocalyptic breaths of a lunar synth. A great fluty line draws the parts of an unreal melody taken away by the ochred winds which overhang a rhythm with fine permutations and of which the hearing roots are forged in the reminiscences of Ricochet. Electronic chirpings form the cosmic dialect of Planet of Visions and its intro which lets itself rock by winds of ether. These winds drew in the fanciful strings of violin are waltzing in a dark oblivion strewed by eclectic breaths and rustles. Sequences forged into tones of xylophone emerge a little after the 4th minute. Other sequences, more twinkling, surround this first rhythmic phase. They dance and waddle for a delicate minimalist harmonious phase which daydreams under stars, calling back these fine sequential movements of Klaus Schulze on Body Love and Mirage. This beautiful sequential movement is of use on Sunrain whose ambient intro displays the floating contrasts of the duet Mergener/Weisser, while the heavy rhythm which ensues from it is subtly switching form to embrace some evolutionary phases with more crystal clear sequences. Light and fluid sequences which cavort on the oniric lands of the Dream with pads tinted of melodic riffs, lyrical solos and fluty breezes.

After a quite other musical vision of Tangram in Synthasy, Final Sequence borrows again the paths of Klaus Schulze with a great hypnotic movement where sequences are criss-crossing and skipping in their shadows under a rain of very nice solos, bringing us in the bosom of the wonderful analog years from the Berlin School era. Fine sequences of glasses are dancing lightly within the shade of their xylophone strikings, guiding Psychedelic Brunch through its Schulzian influences. A bass line with resonant chords follows the tangent of the sequential movement which offers its heavy and single-phase rhythm to a synth and its superb twisted solos as well as its angelic breaths, pushing the hypnotic ascension up until to the strikings of percussions of which the banging go astray in the breathlessness of Psychedelic Brunch which scatters its last 5 minutes into the plasmatic winds of SYNTHETIC BREATH; another great opus of Vanderson who, without reinventing the wheel, draws in his influences to feed again our insatiable appetite for a genre that we wish always inexhaustible.

Sylvain Lupari (August 1st, 2012) ***½**

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