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ARS DE ER

RIO/Avant-Prog • Belarus


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ARS DE ER is the project of Arseny ERSHOV from Belarus founded in 2003. In his first period, his music was ambient, minimalist. Slowly the music became more dynamic with some prog rock in the avant-garde style,a dark atmosphere and unconventional song structures. In his second period, the songs are more concise and structured, but Arseny is keeping the dark side. His music is a challenging experience for the listener and will appeal to those who enjoy synths, keys oriented music. While all of his albums are on multiple platforms, he has kept a low profile on his background which gives a sense of mystery on the man and his music.

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E.M.P.T.Y.
2010
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Dans la resistance
2011
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Somnambule
2011
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Deux
2012
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Incognito
2013
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Voyage
2014
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La Crise (I)
2015
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Camp d'extermination
2015
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La Vie est Belle
2016
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Eremophobia
2016
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Marionette
2017
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Passage
2017
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Noir
2017
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Le Temps Passe
2017
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Fièvre
2018
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Symbole
2020
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La Métamorphose
2020

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 Somnambule by ARS DE ER album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Somnambule
Ars de Er RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars For non French speaking people, let's say that "Somnambule" means "Sleepwalker".

This 41 minutes single track is very well explained by its title. I interpret it as a journey into a dream. A first part is based on keyboard major chords with little variations. It's like the first phases of sleep, when the sleeper is initially relaxed. I can imagine to see landscapes, dreamy situations, the kind of things thatsometimes come to the mind when the conscience is relaxed and you are about to fall into a deeper sleep. It goes this way for about 10 minutes, then suddenly bass and drums put you into a different mood. It may be a nightmare, or just a different kind of dream. There is drums, then electronic noises like in many drones from the Berlin school. Now it's like being in a deeper dream, more detached from reality with things going on until only a piano note and a clock remain. The clock is suddenly replaced by a rock section introduced by bass seconded by electric guitar and percussion. At this point we are about at half the track and it unexpectedly turns into a sort of free jazz with a swinging bass, but without abandoning the main theme. When it ends, we are ready for the next section: dark chamber rock in an ART ZOYD vein. Another sudden change and a sort of remote wind is the background dor little rhythmic noises, but it's time for a church organ. From free jazz to classical in few minutes. My imaginary dreamer is having several different moments in his night. After the organ there's another dark section of keyboards and noises. I'm not sure about the album, but I think SENMUTH has done something similar revisiting in music the travel of Osiris in the realm of death.

Depending on the listener's state of mind, this part can even be considered spacey, as TANGERINE DREAM were in their Pink period, but the strange noises resembling a sort of melody in the background are closer to the way a sleeper's mind interprets the sounds heard while sleeping. It stops and a sort of wind remains, then tapes, piano strings manually hit, sound effects make it really weird. Let me say that there is continuity even with the sudden changes. This track is a journey and after more than 30 minutes one can start wondering what the outcome will be.

Some seconds of silence and it's organ and brasses. Now there's a melody. Dark, of course. I'm lost. I can't find my imaginary dreamer now, I can only follow the music trying to figure out where it's about to go. This organ stops and the piano continues its work. For about a minute I think to Claude DEBUSSY but it's quickly replaced by a harder section made of organ and dissonant keys, then relax again, bells and from the bottom, the initial keyboard raises slowly for a while. We are brought to the end of this sleepwalking journey by the bells...susrprise...I won't disclose it. I just say that the very last sound is the ringing of a wakeup.

I've had some fun describing it in this way, but more technically speaking, I have to say that the guy behind this project is a very skilled multi-instrumentist able to put a lot of ideas and make them work together. As in the story above, there's a bit of jazz, classical, noise, electronics, and even if I can't be 100% sure, I think there are true instruments, not keyboards only.

I have really enjoyed this journey into a musical dream. If you are in the right mood for a thing like this you just have to try it.

 Eremophobia by ARS DE ER album cover Studio Album, 2016
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Eremophobia
Ars de Er RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Very dark. This keyboard based album shows a classical influence on the first track. Its sad melody reminds to the symphonies of Gustav MAHLER, but if one thinks to have found relaxing music it's wrong. The second track is almost silent for the first half, with the rumors of steps and opening and closing door. The title is "Entree"; not a coincidence, but in the second half dissonant piano chords, bass notes and a keyboard background make it closer to classic contemporary music. This is what RIO is usually about.

Next "Salle Vide" has brass sounds in foreground which make it sound very similar to ART ZOYD. Here it's where drums appear in the album for the first time. Every note seem to be carefully put in the right place, in a crescendo of tension. Later the sounds become more weird, with a sort of growling keyboard adding a horrorific effect to the mixture which ends with three "bumps".

The title track starts again fast and dissonant, but it's just the intro. The trumpet sound (is it a real trumpet?) makes it sound similar to the russian "YOJO", but that russian band is never that dark. The track is consistent. Every piece is placed in the right place, and also when the rhythm accelerates in a sort of crazy ballet it sounds very structured. Nothing sounds improvised, I mean. Another band using similar sounds and structures is the spanish OCTOBER EQUUS. The sudden end is probably the best way to close it.

"Le Ombrage (Retour)" has the effect of a pause: melodic church organ with a classical mood. More sad than weird, but so dark to recall the music of the Italian ZORA and ANTONIUS REX, luckily without speeches.

Now it's a time for a bit of rock. Of course with weird sounds and odd signatures but it's rock. A bit heavy, too. Not for all the track duration, anyway. There's another classically oriented interlude introducing the following rocking part. Not an easy listening, anyway, also because there are sudden changes that bring it back to the dark side. Interesting are the hits on the piano strings which close the track.

The sort of growling keyboard of the second track is used again on "Théâtre mécanique". It's another dark RIO track and again I think to ART ZOYD as possible influencers of this artist from Belarus. It's mainly two different tracks tied together as silence comes after 5 of the 10 minutes and is interrupted by a gong. Call me mad, but this part gives me the sensations of the studio disc of Ummagumma.

Finally, the initial track is reprised but it lasts twice the time and drums, bass, and sax are added to the base, so even if the chords are almost the same, it's completely another track. The melody is cnsistent enough to make it more "listenable", I mean listenable also to those who aren't used to RIO music. It's an excellent closer useful to avoid leaving the listeer with a sense of incompleteness. This track has the purpose of closing the album and couldn't have been placed in any other sequence.

A very solid dark composition. Just bear in mind that one must be used to this genre to fully appreciate it.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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