1 Sequences Are Beautiful 11:14
2 Sleep Awake Part II 6:47
3 Among Waves Part III 8:00
4 Shadows Part II 11:29
5 Sleep Awake Part IV 9:53
MoonSatellite Music (DDL 47:26) ****
(Vintage French School's Cosmic Rock)
An album in concert, as a Best Of…, is often the best way to start exploring the world of an artist. And I would insist on saying that it's even more true for EM because the Live aspect, this friendship and communication between musicians does that some of them give more by stretching a solo or by adding riffs here and there, is returned with such a similarity that we wonder: is it really Live or prerecorded? Don't get this wrong! A lone artist in concert who produces music like a band in studio can't do it on stage unless he has prerecorded elements. And even with that secured background, some artists dare! Like on this “Live O5/11/2016” from MoonSatellite! Recorded during his performance at the Théâtre de la Foucotte in Nancy, on May 11th 2016, “Live O5/11/2016” doesn't only contain some great music from the best era to date of Lone Wolf, be his delicious albums Whispers of the Moon and Sleep Awake released in 2015, but the brilliant artist of Lyon injects just enough nuances to give more depths to titles which have deeply charmed us some 2 years before, besides adding a new title which aims to be a good introduction to the following works of MoonSatellite. A delight for his fans and a feast, for the other fans to be, of a wonderful EM soaked with these wonderful perfumes of the France School cosmic rock of the 70's.
"Sequences Are Beautiful" is the title which underwent the most beautiful transformation here with percussions which give to it a more rock tonus. Also taken from the Whispers of the Moon album, "Shadows Part II" is adorned by layers of voices in its cosmic rock portion. "Sleep Awake Part II" and "Sleep Awake Part IV", although its finale is shorter, remain rather faithful to the versions from the album of the same name, except some synth effects which give a different aspect to the harmonious portion of "Sleep Awake Part II". "Among Waves Part III" seems to be the little gift from Lone Wolf to his fans. The opening offers oscillating loops of sequences with fine nuances in the impulses which seduces our state of hypnosis. Another line of sequences is added and revolve between both ascending movements while the percussions solidify an approach of slow cosmic rock which is wrapped by very good and melancholic solos of which the romantic and dark approaches will pursue their adventures in Sessions or in Dark Summer.
Five titles don't make a Best Of…, nor measure the size of an artist. But “Live O5/11/2016” is an excellent start if you want to know the music of MoonSatellite. And afterward, you will discover an artist who will exceed your expectations.Sylvain Lupari (June 30th, 2017)
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"Sequences Are Beautiful" est le titre qui a subi la plus belle transformation ici avec des percussions qui lui ajoutent plus de tonus rock. Aussi tiré de l'album Whispers of the Moon, "Shadows Part II" est agrémenté par des nappes de voix dans sa portion rock cosmique. "Sleep Awake Part II" et "Sleep Awake Part IV", quoique sa finale soit plus courte, restent assez fidèle aux versions l'album du même nom, mis à part quelques effets de synthé qui donnent un aspect différent à la portion harmonique de "Sleep Awake Part II". "Among Waves Part III" semble être le petit cadeau de Lone Wolf à ses fans. L'ouverture offre des séquences aux boucles oscillatrices avec des fines nuances dans les impulsions qui séduit notre état d’hypnose. Une autre ligne de séquences s'ajoute et gravitent entre les deux mouvements ascendants alors que les percussions solidifient une approche de lent rock cosmique qui se voit être enveloppé de beaux solos tout mélancoliques et dont l'approche romanesque et sombre poursuivra son aventure dans Sessions ou dans Dark Summer.
Cinq titres ne font pas un Best Of…, ni ne mesurent la grandeur d'un artiste. Mais “Live O5/11/2016” est un excellent départ pour s'initier à la musique de MoonSatellite. Et par la suite, vous découvrirez un artiste qui dépassera vos attentes.
Sylvain Lupari (30 Juin 2017)