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4 stars If the modern electronic prog scene is now widely recognized thanks to the recent explorations of projects such as Zombi, Radio Massacre International and Redshift (for the legacy of the 70's Berlin "kosmische" music school) as well as thanks to Tim Hecker or Aidan Baker (for the post-rock droning / home-made electronic facet)...we must not forget the presence of a handful of discreet contemporary artists who travel on the free-form / semiclassical composite electronic music territory. With their very personal musical syncretism, without any doubt that the work of Aeon belongs to this last opened and unusual trajectory. Released in May 2013 'Spark' is the last opus which closes the long and epic tryptic started with 'Labyrinth' (1999). The conceptual setting behind spark is related to an escape from the labyrinth, to a final estate, to man's redemption in front of the enigmas of life and the immaterial essence of the spirit at its omega point (see Vernadsky's cosmogenesis). 'Spark' is a self-released by the sound-designer and multi instrumentalists Alessandro Gadoni and Stéphane Rapetti, this album reveals the more meditatively introspective dimension of Aeon if we compared the musical signature with the previous efforts turned to programmed-radical and super-active electronic inflected sound textures. Very soundtracky and colorfully emotional 'Spark' features a corpus of solemn and detached guitar tricks punctuated by various processed acoustic motives, electronic collages and molecular sound waves. In definitive the sound tapestries admit reasonable Eno-esque tendencies ('On Land' / 'An other Green World') within a strangey mind-altered dream-like dimension. An urgency, a personal if not poignant testimony and a certain fragility make this album very special. A warmly recommended listening experience.
philippe | 4/5 |


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