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3.68 | 28 ratings

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5 stars There is a lot of spooky weirdness about the setting of the album, maybe in a grim city of the future with lots of enormous neon billboards high on buildings, and lots of hustle-bustle on the streets below, with Andy, living a nihilistic life, hating the society priorities, trying to escape like everyone, to a more perfect world. How do you explain this album? I guess you just have to listen it and try to understand it. Certainly a album for those who love david lynch ambiguous films. Now my perspective:

1. In A Cold Chaos Place - Almost any song in the album can be picked to go down the caves of one's soul, but particularly touching are the atmospheric 2 min of this epic, it transport you to another realm. Andy walking in a rail track, with a lot of futuristic buildings behind like mountains and in thought is suicide. Then starts a duet between sax and a beautiful chord moog progression with a arrangement done in an almost bluesy-soft jazz-like manner.Symbolizing the awareness of his own existence, sensations,his tears and the total exhaustion of the nervous system. He becomes neurasthenic. In the final part starts a grandious solo moog symbolizing the metaphoric trip to nimrodel. ( this is a tolkien reference to the waters of the Nimrodel that were said to heal weariness.)

2. Nymphomania - is probably the best known piece off the entire album, because it was played several times in a underground radio program in USA. The music starts with a somber violin melody backed by organ and mellotron strings and then the music turns into a stream of simplicity, sincerity, sadness, intense melancoly, bitter loneliness, a cried out heart calling for tenderness and understanding simply emotions and forget the banal things and fake emotions. The first part is there to represent the cold of the modern environment And the second part is there to understand that Andy is now in a decadence brothel-discotheque in a attempt to forget and delude imself from the reality, but these attitudes cause him to feel repulse and he have too run away.

3. Blow Up - In this track Thomas Belpalme deliver a divine guitar solo through the lunatic filled haze of Andy´s story that is now running away from the brothel-discotheque and that in an attempt to deny everything what he was witness, he creates an ode to dizimation and humiliation of that human beings. Maybe a reference to Antonioni films, and the blow up sequence in Zabriskie Point?

4. Dial D For Dream - Once again in the beggining there is a reference to the modern environment of the buildings,and Andy is now in is home and while watching tv he ends up sleeping on the sofa. This song possesses much more of a poetical scent with a dramatic perception, the 12 minutes long masterpiece is yet the more profound composition in the album, more simple but complex musical approaches with its instrumentation changes and unique performance, swifting through dramatic, melodic moments, through overwhelming guitar-penned moments, through characteristic musical movements, it stands as a bombastic, fierceful, undertaking but still accessible composition. During the sleep Andy dreams of making a contact with a higher being, who invites him to visit the Post-World. During the journey, he is introduced to mathematical and infinite physics games. He also meets the Princess of Post-Nimrodel and faints in her presence Before the hackettian final solo we hear one schemes of the hospital, and this lead me to think that Andy try to committ suicide? But i really think that everything its part of the dream and when he wake up he sees himself standing in a flat very much like his own, and decides to go out. But, as the door opens he sees himself in a totally new world He is now in nimrodel.

5. Daisie - An incredible minimalist composition for any genre. the princess ethereal voice seem like an angel lost in liquid space, gently learning words. Beauty turns to awe and danger. What a beautiful song. Electric Piano coupled with synth, that harsh, subtle digital background with the beauty of the melody.The guitar parts maybe is representing the unconscious of Andy trying to feel emotions and true love.

6. Airam Atir - Andy is now near the nimrodel waters and the beautiful guitar solo towards this track portray a grandiose experience, just overwhelming you. Its a touching moment of transcendence for Andy as he realizes the essence of being truly in love. The question in the end is: have Andy committed suicide in the sofa? ( in track 4) or Andy fell in sleep and this was just a powerfull experience catharsis-dream that will heal him? We just dont know but we know that we witness something beautiful.

Nimrodel is replete with mystic signs, symbols and art quotes. Mortality, love, time, finitude, purpose, salvation, redemption: all these and more are here.


Mozarttaler | 5/5 |


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