mardi 1 février 2011

TOP 10 CD in EM for 2009

It is not easy to make a Top10 of the year. We have more in memory the last releases and we tend to forget those at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, to choose only 10 albums on the pond produced in 2009 is a thankless stylistic exercise and it is for that reason that I took care of adding 3 other categories; ambient, melodious and contemporary. And it’s mainly for that reason that my Top 10 appears at the mid January; this way I can revise my notes and listening the albums that I’m not quite sure of the final ranking. Thus here is my Top 10 of 2009

1 PICTURE PALACE MUSIC Curriculum Vitae I
The darkest, the wildest and the most moving album that my ears crossed since Amarok. Thorsten Quaeschning surpassed himself by delivering an introspective music where the genres intermingle in a kind of hallucinating creative schizophrenia. I still see myself running towards measuring the corridors of insanity as the album progresses.

2 PICTURE PALACE MUSIC Natatorium
A superb album where retro Berlin School binds itself to a completely delicious contemporaneousness. Heavy, dark and alive this is the cry of the lost souls. His only fault is to have arrived after Curriculum vitae I.

3 INDRA Chinnamasta
An album without faults which presents a contemporary Berlin School warm, poetic and very lyrical. A magnificent album which will go through time, quite as the great works of Schulze.

4 JAVI CANOVAS In this Moment, In this Place
The retro Berlin School album by excellence this year. Great sequential art played improvised live, but which seems so agency.

5 RAMP Debris
A superb mix of 2 caustic universes that rob the enigmatic nature of this character which is Stephen Parsick. Redshift mixed to Steve Roach.

6 BODDY WRIGHT Shifting Sands
A superb fusion of 2 artists to creative antipodes which give an album to very harmonious musical paradoxes.

7 REDSHIFT Wild III
Redshift review and correct by…Redshitf! Loud, stunning and superbly wild!

8 REMY Exhibition of Dreams
I know that it’s not original material, but you got to admit that 2 albums of Berlin School as much as retro that contemporary merged into 1 cannot be ignored.

9 RON BOOTS Derby! & Boundaries of Twilight
Two albums, nearly identical, where the fusion of contemporary, retro Berlin School filled of ambient passages to a more progressive approach on dynamic guitar solos from FD Project give a music packed of intense moments.

10 TERJE WINTHER Electronic Regions
When ambient and progressive music meet heavy and sequenced Berlin School, it gives Electronic Region.

Because i have to pick only 10, there go special mentions to:
GERT EMMENS Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 2
JOHN CHRISTIAN Susbarbatus
SYNDROMEDA The Twilight Conjunction
DUTCH SPACE MISSION The Lost Temple Of Xi Cephei
BROEKHUIS/KELLER/SCHONWALDER: Blue

Top 3 best ambient :
PAUL ELLIS The Last Hiding Place Of Beauty
PADILLA, ZERO OHMS & MURPHY Beyond the Portal
STEVE ROACH Dynamic Stillness

Top 3 best melodious EM:
DAVID WRIGHT Sines of Live
ERIK SEIFERT Core
SYNTH NL Oceanography

Top 3 contemporary EM;
IAN BODDY Slide
BODDY REUTERS Derwish
WOLLO & MARTIN Between Worlds

Discovery of 2009
URIEL Culture Shift

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