“A good fusion between Pink Floyd and the gang of Froese, Franke and Baumann
“This has to be the most achieved work of Sequential Dreams which finally blend all those eras of Tangerine Dream into a complete sonic veil which floats for all those who want more of TD”
|1 A Geometry of Shadows 9:35|
2 Angels at Hades Gates 6:35
3 Breath of Life 6:19
4 Dark Energy 8:47
5 Eternity in a Moment 4:15
6 In Search of Forever 5:55
7 Glittering C-Beams 5:17
8 The Deconstruction of Falling Stars 5:48
9 The Einstein-Rosen Bridge 6:23
10 Distant Sunrise 4:17
Sequential Dreams (CD/DDL 63:03) ****¼
(Electronic Rock & Berlin School)
As prolific as a brook which draws its inspiration down from a fall, Ron Charron delivers us a 2nd opus, the 9th in all, of Sequential Dreams some 3 months after The Exodus Wave. And contrary to this album, “The Infinite Divide” proposes a less rock approach with 10 titles which travel between the various periods of Sequential Dreams' main source of inspiration: Tangerine Dream.
"A Geometry of Shadows" opens “The Infinite Divide” with strength! A line of bass sequences runs like a train on a rail of wadding. Little wings of metal spin all around this delicious oscillatory movement that Ron Charron decorates with riffs under the forms of very TD's layers, of reverberating effects and of delicate fluty melodies. Whereas the percussions plough a cynical weightiness, a guitar, not the one of Bernhard Beibl, grafts harmonious solos of which the tones are situated between Edgar and David Gilmour. More than a simple pastiche of the sound armada of TD, "A Geometry of Shadows" is a good fusion between Pink Floyd and the gang of Froese, Franke and Baumann in an approach which transcends the works of Sequential Dreams up to here. In fact, “The Infinite Divide” is a turning point, a bend in the career of this worldwide band, Chris Peare participated to the elaboration of "A Geometry of Shadows" while Arend Westra contributed to "Breath of Life", with a hyper well-done production and where all the instruments play a very precise role in a collection of titles inspired by the 1000 perfumes of Tangerine Dream and some of Pink Floyd.
And even if the line is sometimes thin between EM and Prog music, the Berlin School style, all era reunited, shines here. Inspired from Edgar Froese's rhythms, "Angels at Hades Gates" is a nice combination between the Stuntman and the Beyond the Storm years. The blend between Ron Charron' electric six-strings and his synths is done judiciously, as well as this transition between Macula Transfer and Stratosfear. The rhythm is rather lively and gallops without stress in a beautiful sonic valley molded by nice synth effects and dramatic pads.
"Breath of Life" is a pretty cool ballad which floats between clouds of blue mist and some slightly too cute sequences. Sometimes perched on the tears of a plaintive guitar, on the sighs of synth mist or in an enjoyable angelic voice, the seraphic melody travels on the delicate upward rhythm of a movement of sequences which will squeeze a cloud filled of water. It's nice to hear!
After an ambient introduction a la Rick Wright in Wish You Were Here, "Dark Energy" proposes a galloping rhythm which slips into a splendid structure of complex rhythm fed by these Chris Franke's hyperactive and radioactive sequences. The guitar is judiciously inserted here.
"Eternity in a Moment" bears well its title name. It's a Rockoon kind of track! I listened to twice, it was enough!
Set apart this little faux-pas, according to my ears, the rest of “The Infinite Divide” is simply delectable.
Take the ballad of "Glittering C-Beams" as example, but the furious "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" stands to my words strongly. As well as the protean and evolutionary structure of "The Einstein-Rosen Bridge" where, in a ferocious rock, are hide beautiful moments of ethereal ambiences.
"Distant Sunrise" closes brilliantly what I consider like the best opus of Sequential Dreams. I like to imagine a Ron Charron, the soul very nostalgic, strolling on the carpet of his keyboard the eyes full of hope for a better world and for his personal path. Yes, my friends and readers, “The Infinite Divide” is a very good album of EM armored to the infinity of the essences of Tangerine Dream. I know that there is a lot of those out there, but there is always one who stands out, like this worldwide project of Ron Charron!
Sylvain Lupari (April 19th, 2017)