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Diese Neuerscheinung erreichte uns vom SynGate-Label, die bereits mehrere großartige deutsche EM-Erscheinungen in den vergangenen Jahren hervorgebracht haben - Foreigen Spaces, Pyramid Peak und Nautilus, um ein paar zu nennen.
Synrise ist deren erste Komplettproduktion, und es ist eine exzellente dazu. Es ist eine reichhaltige synthetische Musik, erzeugt auf Korg-, Kurzweil-, Roland- und Yamaha-Gerätschaften. Reichlich farbenfrohe Melodien, wogende Sequenzen, sowie viele Raumeffekte - alles kombiniert in einem Potpourri von exotischen und kräftigen Elektronikklängen.
Syngate is a new German webzine (for which yours truly contributes reviews), run by Lothar Lubitz of Foreign Spaces & has now branched out to become a CD-R label with this debut release from Stephan Dargel, who made his first appearances on the two 'Personal Spirits' samplers that were released during the 90s.
Basically, what we have here is a collection of pleasant melodic tracks with a more personal edge being provided by the busy drum tracks that pop up throughout. With 16 tracks to choose from it's a fair bet that, whilst not always hitting the spot, there ought to be some winners tucked away in there, and this proves to be very much the case throughout with the best track being the lively & tuneful ditty 'No Spam, Please' (a title that many of us can no doubt relate to!).
The edgy rhythm plays host to some lively vibe sounds, something which Dargel relies on several times throughout the album, including the opening 'Fade In' which is a pleasantly melodic little ditty with more jaunty rhythms & the aforementioned nifty vibes making for some lively backing. 'Bookmarks' is similarly action packed which makes up for it's short (2.34) duration while 'Green Day' is definately not inspired by the bubble gum punk band of the same name, being another short but rhythmically able piece. Dargel changes the layout of the track just enough to give it greater presence & style which is especially important if this is to be seen as a full on piece of music rather than a short musical sketch.
'Backbone Traffic' is a perky offering with some slight trance influences in the rapid fire rhythms & well thought out & well executed melodic progressions.
As already mentioned, Dargel certainly knows how to put plenty into the mainly short tracks although this does mean that relatively little time is spent building up any kind of tension or expectation. As a rule, he doesn't mess around & just gets straight down to business with tracks such as the slightly laid back twosome of 'Sunday Evening' & 'Inner Spirits' & the livelier 'Cascading Stylesheets' all wasting no time in getting their respective messages across.
The 7.40 closer that is 'Log Out' is the exception to these remarks with, it would seem, more time spent in carefully creating a more restrained mood with good use of sound samples such as the laughter that can be heard underneath the reflective synth chords.
Whilst the somewhat cold & slightly tinny production on the album leaves a little to be desired (a greater bass presence would have been nice!), it's to Dargel's credit that he is able to overcome this slight weakness & deliver a competent & likeable debut of rhythmic EM that shows promise.
SYNRISE: Fade In (CD on Syngate)
This release from 2001 offers 57 minutes of uptempo electronic tuneage.
Synrise is Stephan Dargel.
Intricate and playful E-perc assists a bevy of electronics in generating lavish melodies that cavort amid the artificial dawn, rising from the nether mists to coalesce into majestic compositions of solid stamina and animated influence. Power and melody conspire to bring forth tuneage that vibrates with the promise of a never-ending better day.
The electronics are quite versatile, drawing upon delicate sounds and harnessing such sparkling tones into vibrant utilization. While mainly driven by sweeping keyboard riffs that scamper with celebratory passion, entwining like insubstantial lovers, there are also subtextural layers of dreamily atmospheric drones that establish a seething undercurrent for the decidedly energetic music, balancing the frolic with a no-nonsense demeanor. The E-perc lends compelling rhythms to the tuneage, whether with breathlessly frenzied tempos or expressing grander, more momentous beats that resound with pleasant authority.
There is a definite urgency to this music, propelling the audience toward realms of cosmic promise. The blend of vigorous electronics and engaging percussives produces an enthralling selection of sonic epiphanies that will keep the listener longing for the synthetic dawn to continue forever. The tracks are rather brief, compressing all these elements into focused gems of glistening puissance.