Robert Waters: I've Seen The Invisible. 9/10

reviews - soloOprettet af Jacob Pertou søn, november 25, 2012 23:17

Supreme echo from Loom's historic concert.

It is nothing short of a sensation that Johannes Schmoelling and Jerome Froese teamed up for the Loom project. Finding such an equal pillar in third part Robert Waters (Robert Wässer), to maintain Loom's strong position, was an achievement in itself.

On stage in Eindhoven, Robert Waters seemed to have a function of a system analysts. Not much physical display, or compositional input in the set list. On the EP that was released on the occasion – and now sold out – Robert Waters contributed two pieces with little strokes of genius. One extraordinarily melodic and underacted. The other, an eighties hybrid of Vangelis and Oldfield.

Robert Waters is back with the same calibre on the I've Seen The Invisible EP. It's particularly well produced, thoroughly detailed, ultra melodic electronic music, with a twist of melancholy, and appetizing, humane bittersweetness.

The EP, with its 17 minutes, is a quickly accomplished mission. It has four tracks, of which two of them aren't much longer than two minutes each. However, they do have several memorable passages in the shape of lovely melodies and slightly sad states of mind. There might be somewhat of a jingle slash commercial kind of feel to them, but they transmit, in short spans of time, a message that can't be misinterpreted. Robert Waters has build up this skill to do this, among other things, as a composer to children's television. Here, the unfulfilled potential comes full circle in the mighty fine tracks ”I've Seen The Invisible” and ”Puzzle Di Sogno”

More time to dwell on the higher mental strata of air happens in “Memory Hunter”, and particularly ”Ninety 4 Seconds Left Over”. Sophisticated tones, synthetic, wordless elegies and longingly cello melts together with the bass heavy beats in a patchwork of electronic superiority.

This EP should, in its status as exactly an EP, not sink into oblivion. It has all the might and power a good album should contain. It has already reached a prominent position on my list of albums of 2012. I had gladly seen it include Robert Waters' contributions to the sold out 100 001 EP, or the two exclusive tracks on his Soundcloud, but that's just a petitesse.