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The Seven Letters From Tibet, 2000. 6/10

reviews - 00'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou tir, september 02, 2008 17:39
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Edgar doesn't like, his music being labelled new age. I am not sure I would put The Seven Letters From Tibet into that category either, since the the atmospheric sound painting, painted by Edgar and Jerome, rarely is as melodic and uplifting, as we know it from new age. I find it more gloomy, and heavier sometimes.
The word 'Tibet' in a record title, might mislead someone into thinking it is pure new age, but who cares anyway? As for what the concept involves, I have no idea. Rumours have it, that it's is a requiem for Edgar's wife through many years, Monica Froese.

The First Letter: The Red Blood Connection is unheard sombre. I get associations to Sorcerer, from the dark feeling. Although the mellotron had been replaced by more modern equipment, this instrument would fit in just fine here. The very melody line reminds me of a mellotron, choir haunting in the background. If it isn't the best track, the title definitely is.
The Second Letter: The Orange Breath belongs to the more calm section of the album. The tempo is slow, drawling and comfortable. There is no recognition of melodies, as the focus is on the ambient.
The Third Letter: The Golden Heart doesn't make it fit together, the first three minutes. Then, a synth-loop works as a rhythm track, and it gets more listenable.
The Fourth Letter: The Green Land has a very catchy, repeating piano figure. Therefore the most accesible track, and a personal album favourite, because the piano theme is beautifully woven into the dark wallpaper of synths.
On Quinoa we already got a foretaste of the track The Fifth Letter: The Blue Pearl, in the shape of the track called Lhasa. The Blue Pearl almost forms a third of this album, and it's the most boring at the same time, since the atmospheric keyboard entirely dominates the soundscape. Not my cup of TD-tea.
The Sixth Letter: The Indigo Clouds is in the first seconds a rude awakening compared to the previous muzak tending track. We hear a brief drumtrack reminiscent to tablas, but they vanish shortly after.
Although the number still is atmospheric and ambient, it has some sort of agressiveness in its complex, metallic sonorous synths.
It is an acceptable track, but it is too fragmentaric and uncatchy, like the most parts of the album are.
The Seventh Letter: The Purple Of All Curtain has the same class as the opening track, with the same mark of mellotronic darkness.
The Seven Letters From Tibet is an excellent album for relaxation, but after the standard of TD, it's just too mediocre, although barely any usage of sequencers and drum machines have been made to the normal extent.