Recorded and mixed at ACE Studio, Aartselaar, Belgium|
- Ouverture to Closer [1:42]
- Good Morning Song [3:18]
- Coming Up For Air [6:03]
- Closer [4:49]
- A Picture Of You [3:51]
- Melting [5:27]
- High Above [3:03]
- Dans (da:ns) [5:09]
- Europe's Dawn [7:30]
- Falling Leaves [3:18]
- Caleidoscope [6:10]
- Rorogwela [3:10]
- Sweetness [5:41]
- Night Brings Silence [4:17]
Produced, composed, performed and engineered by Frank Van Bogaert
Sleeve design by Kris Van Bogaert
Frank De Ruyter - sax, vocals
Nick Van Bogaert - vocals
Mien Van Bogaert - vocals
Belgian keyboard player Frank van Bogaert is amongst those musicians who have the ability to make music of great warmth and depth with synthesizers and samplers. Next to this, he is an excellent composer. He is very well at home in all sorts of music: from pop, via world to orchestral and symphonic. On many times, he is regarded the new Vangelis.
On his fifth album "Closer" Frank again creates a showcase that ranges from light and easy accessible to monumental pieces of great beauty.
Just take "Coming Up From Air". This
track could easily be used as film music.
Frank’s diversity is clear in "Rorogwela" where he
uses a traditional melody originally from the Solomon Islands, also used by Deep Forest (one of Frank’s sources of inspiration) and Jan Garbarek.
Big symphonic tunes can be heard in pieces like "Melting", "Europe’s Dawn", the fantastic "Dans (da:ns)" and "Sweetness".
Sometimes he also just sits down an (acoustic or electric) piano, plays softly and dresses this up with synths.
"A Picture Of You" and "Falling Leaves" are fine examples of this.
At other times, he lets the rhythm do the job, not forgetting the melody ("Closer" , "Caleidoscope").
With "Closer", Frank adds another highlight to his growing number of masterpieces. If you have heard one of them you want them all!
2004. Press Information
Bought a lot of new cd's at e-live this year,all of them very good, but this one is teasing me. I've already played it 3 times and I just can't get enough of it,especially the track "Dans",maybe it's just me but listen to it you might get infected too.
P.S.: and I'm not writing this because he's also a Belgian.
2004. Jeff Wouters / Belgium
The title track has some sequenced synths and rich sounds at the beginning. It then incorporates a nice piano melody (very much in the style of Vangelis). It's a rhythmic / melodic track that involves some modern elements, such as the rhythm itself. Typical Frank Van Bogaert in his "composed" mode. Some voices can also be heard. Overall, it's a very cheering, upbeat number.
"Coming Up For Air" is next. We get very atmospheric with this one, the beginning sounding very Berlinish, with sequences and a great melody playing on top. Again it's a composed (not improvised) track and a very tasty one, full of grandeur and, well.. simply class! The synth sounds are very rich and there are also some choirs (a bit similar to the ones used on "Conquest of Paradise") that play an important role. Overall the track has something of a 90's Tangerine Dream quality to it (the sax perhaps?).
"Rorogwela" is based on a traditional melody from the Solomon Islands. I find it a beautiful, melodic World Music track, very easy on the ear, but quite substantial to maintain interest. Very good.
"High Above" is pretty ambient, with floating, velvet synths all over the place.. Beautiful stuff that also has some brilliantly rendered sax melody floating on top of the synths. The track sounds more or less improvised.
The next cut is called "Melting". Lots of piano on this one and a marching electronic rhythm. The mood is pretty relaxed. Some heavier drums appear in the second part of the track. The main melody is pretty catchy which reaffirms once again the fact that Frank Van Bogaert has a real knack for creating great melodies, in this regard certainly being one of the best composers on the EM scene today.
"A Picture of You" - a sad, romantic track. So simple, but SO beautiful! This is simply outstanding! I'll give it to Frank, he really managed to touch my soul with this one.
Next comes a short reprise of the title track which features an already familiar melody, but in a more floating, rhythmless setting.
We are slowly gliding towards "Caleidoscope" and you can't imagine my delight when I had to find out it's largely an improvised track!! Very cosmic beginning with super delicious sounds. So perfectly done, and then this rhythmic, jazzy, spacey improvisational jam, with electric pianos, keyboard sounds, synths etc.
This is the Frank Van Bogaert I like most (the style which was first heard on "Human") and I found this track simply amazing! I'd go anywhere with this music playing.
"Europe's Dawn" - a slow beginning and, what's that? Another impovised track!! By this moment I'm already in heaven but this track sounds more perfect than heaven itself. A very relaxed rhythm, mysterious sounds and improvised structures. This one delivers the goods big time! As I've stated earlier this is the kind of stuff I like most, so this album has made my day already.
"Good Morning Song" is a mid-tempo, melodic number that returns to the more composed style of Frank's music.
"Dans [da:ns]" features a stomping rhythm and belinesque sequences combined with male choirs and some voices. Interesting combination.
"Falling Leaves" is very evocative of its title. This is really October music. Great track!
"Sweetness" is very romantic but gets rather intense towards the end and the fact that the track is (again) largely improvised makes it all the more enjoyable for me.
"Night Brings Silence" is a sparse atmospheric (again - improvised!) number and a perfect way to end this diverse and full-sounding album.
Overall, "Closer" has slightly more sequences than usually with Frank's music and sees him further developing his unique improvisational style that was introduced on "Human" and that yours truly finds extremely enjoyable.
There are many EM albums out there but don't forget that there's good stuff and then there's GOOD stuff. And with tracks like "A Picture of You", "Caleidoscope", "Europe's Dawn" and "Sweetness" (plus many others) this album ranks up with the very best of that second category.
2004. Artemi Pugachov
Der "belgische Vangelis", Frank van Bogaert, hat wieder zugeschlagen und bringt mit „Closer" sein mittlerweile fünftes Werk auf den Markt. Der Begriff "belgischer Vangelis" ist hier nicht negativ gemeint, vielmehr bedeutet das, dass Frank es wie kein anderer Musiker drauf hat, die Musik von Vangelis in sich aufzunehmen und sie in einer eigenen Art zu spielen. Dabei klingt er nicht nur wie Vangelis zu seinen besten Zeiten, sondern - wie ich finde - noch besser.
Erinnerungen an Klassiker wie „Antarctica", „Chariots Of Fire", „Direct" oder „Blade Runner" werden wach.
Während sich der „große Grieche" in Richtung Klassikmusik weiterentwickelt hat, man höre sich nur mal das sehr orchestrale „Mythodea" an, hat Frank van Bogaert seinen Stil der 80’er aufgenommen und mit neuen Klängen versehen. Herauskommt ein sehr warmer, melodiöser Sound, der direkt unter die Haut geht
Mit dem Stück „Rorogwela" befindet sich ein Track auf dem Album, das seinen Ursprung in einer Melodie eines traditionellen Songs von den Solomon Inseln hat. Dies wäre sicher noch keine Erwähnung wert, jedoch wurde diese Melodie in den 90’ern schon einmal sehr erfolgreich von dem Projekt Deep Forest unter dem Titel „Sweet Lullaby" umgesetzt und auch Jan Garbarek hat ihn schon interpretiert. In der Sportsendung „Anpfiff", die bei RTL lief, wurde der Deep Forest-Song mit seiner sehr schönen eingängigen Melodie oft eingesetzt. Da Frank diese Melodie ebenfalls gefiel und sie sich häufig in seinen Gehirnwindungen festsetzte, hat er auf „Closer" seine ganz eigene Version eingespielt.
Neben symphonisch angelegten Stücken wie „Melting" und „Europe’s Dawn" finden sich sanfte Stücke wie „A Picture Of You" und „Falling Leaves", bei denen sanfte Geigen- oder Pianoklänge im Vordergrund stehen auf dem Silberling.
Rhythmischer und Sequenzerorientiert geht es dann beispielsweise bei „Closer" und „Caleidoscope" zu. Letzteres enthält darüber hinaus einige jazzige Elemente.
Den Abschluss bildet mit „Night Brings Silence" ein etwas melancholischer Titel. Alle Songs sind aber sehr eingängig.
Frank interpretiert die 14 Stücke, die zwischen 1:42 und 7:30 Minuten Spielzeit liegen, mit einer Leichtigkeit und Selbstverständlichkeit, dass diese Spielfreude sofort auf den Zuhörer überspringt.
Mit „Closer" ist Frank wieder ein ganz hervorragendes Album gelungen. Wer die oben genannten Alben von Vangelis kennt, kommt um diese CD nicht herum. Bei dieser Produktion ist Gänsehautfeeling angesagt.
2004. Stephan Schelle / EMU
Frank van Bogaert practise powerful and commercial arguments with a very good basis, both in the rhythmical and melodic aspects.
The style of the compositions is for the most part near to Atmospheric Pop and to New Instrumental Music. Although several of the pieces have rather fast rhythms, others are more relaxed in nature. There also are some pieces of a clear romantic flair, such as "High above".
"Melting" is a romantic-symphonic theme of an unusual majesty.
2004. Hector Jordan
This release from 2004 features 64 minutes of masterful electronic music.
Belgian composer van Bogaert has a way of transforming synthesizer melodies into epic constructions that bristle with majestic proportion. Even his simpler compositions seem to evoke a grandeur that parts the clouds to reveal a panorama of optimism.
Stately keyboards dominate this music with a peppering of pleasant percussion. Serious piano and expansive electronics blend with heavenly atmospherics to create delicate passages that stir the soul with their tender melodies, imparting a gentle yearning with idyllic flair. For the most part, demonstrative outbursts play a minor role; this music flourishes in more sedate territory, exploring a gentler, more human side of electronic tuneage. Regal touches elevate even the most trivial excerpt, however, injecting a sense of importance to each note.
The emotional focus of this music examines nature and humanity’s coexistence with the world. Van Bogaert’s compositions evoke an innocence that softly merges mankind with its environment, often exemplifying the adage that observation makes one a part of the scrutinized circumstance.
Fans of classic Vangelis will enjoy this release.
One of the tracks utilizes a traditional melody originally from the Solomon Islands, the same one used by Deep Forest and Jan Gabarek on their popular recordings.
2005. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
The music of Belgian composer Frank Van Bogaert has always fascinated me.
Ever since the first time I listened to "Geographic" (his second album), his musical style got the hooks in me .. and I think this may well be the same for all people who love electronic music in the style of Vangelis or even… Jean Michel Jarre.
By colleague reviewers he is often called the "Belgian Vangelis", which in my opinion is not an inappropriate comparison, but I really have to emphasize on the fact that he has has developed his own personal sound which has of course influences of the great Greek, but is always very recognizable as "Van Bogaert".
My first impression is that "Closer" is a more intimate album than "Colours", "Geographic", "Docking" and "Human", his previous releases.
The themes (and there are quite some themes here) are often, less rhythmic and more relaxing.
Although in Frank’s work the piano (acoustic or electric) has always played a prominent role on "Closer" it has even become more prominent.
"Closer", the opening and title track of the CD, is a more up-tempo track with lush synth sounds and swirling effects, in fact it immediately sounds like "vintage Van Bogaert".
The song is entirely build around a simple but very catchy melody, one of Frank’s strengths.
This same theme can be heard again on track 7, "Closer (reprise)", but in a different and more acoustic arrangement, again showing the strength of this melody.
"Coming up for air", the next track, brings back the atmosphere Vangelis created in his 90’s works like Oceanic and Voices. In fact, this kind of relax atmosphere is a bit the main feel of the album.
"Rorogwela", is a traditional theme ,original from the Solomon islands, and one that has also been interpreted by Jan Garbarek and by Deep Forest (also one of Frank’s inspiration sources). This theme,known all around the world because of Deep Forest’s giant hit "Sweet Lullaby", really gets a second life by the typical style of the Belgian. It sometimes reminds me of Mike Oldfield.
As I have already mentioned, on this album (with a total of 14 tracks) the slow themes and relaxing pieces are more present than ever.
You really should listen to pearls like "Falling Leaves" or "A Picture of you", where he plays the piano in such an intimate way ….
Other ,more medium tempo tracks like "Caleidoscope" or "Europe’s Dawn" are very surprising because of the way the mixture between electronics and acoustic instruments is evolving to a kind of symphonic grandeur.
"Dans [da:ns]", the most rhythmic track of the album,starts with great orchestral sounds and evolves gradually to a very powerful sequencer rhythm.There’s just so much energy in this track!
The last track "Night Brings Silence", carried by delicious melodies, great soundscapes and accompanied by sparse and gentle piano notes, takes us to the end of this album. This is just the way an epilogue should be.
If you already own previous work of this Belgian musician, Closer, although a bit different, will certainly not disappoint.
If you don't ,and like the music of the musicians I mentioned, it is sure that Frank Van Bogaert needs to be discovered by you !
2005. Jorge Sergio Iglesias
Closer represents a slightly new direction from keyboard artist Frank Van Bogaert, as he moves into an even more accessible and more dramatic arena than his previous CD, Human. Personally, I miss some of the more overt EM elements that enriched Human, but I must admit that Closer has many moments that made me turn up the volume or hit the "repeat" button on my CD player. There is no denying this man has an incredible knack for crafting catchy instrumental music, full of a love for life and melody and a celebration of both.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the revved up opening title track, with its propulsive rhythms, massed male and female chorales, and full on Vangelis-like keyboard assaults. If this song doesn't raise your blood pressure, or perhaps even make you feel like running a mile or two, you better check your pulse - you’re probably dead!
Throughout the remaining thirteen songs, Van Bogaert almost proudly displays his affection for Vangelis’ dramatic instrumentation and style, but as he has done on previous albums (such as Human, Docking and Colors) he does not cross the line into outright imitation, but always finds ways to build on the Greek artist’s foundations and add layer upon layer of his own magic, resulting in songs like "Coming up for air" which intermixes overt EM percussive textures with more "new agey" chorales and lush strings and romantic piano.
Van Bogaert frequently shows his romantic side on his albums (both romantic in the soft sense and also in the classical sense, being concerned with major notes and chords in pleasing melodies) and Closer is no exception.
Track length varies from not quite two minutes to the seven and a half minute long "Europe’s Dawn". While Closer is not as varied as Human, it still holds interest throughout by having slow quasi-jazz tunes, such as "High Above" (on which a tenor sax floats amidst EM textures and flowing keyboards) and "A picture of you" (mellow bell tones and lush strings painting somewhat sad portraits of lost loves, accompanied by vocal effects and piano), mixed in with more dynamic tracks like the slow to develop but worth the wait "Caleidoscope" (a prog fusion piece that starts slowly but builds into a real treat, full of catchy funky rhythms, jazzy runs on keyboards, and some wailing sax).
Most of what is on Closer will be well suited for driving music with the car stereo turned way up, such as the thunderous "Good Morning Song" or "Dans [da:ns]", another cut that starts slowly but builds into pounding bass and taiko-style drums underneath washes of keyboards and Berlin-esque retro synths. I'll admit not everything here was to my liking, e.g. "Sweetness" was anything but, as I found its mixture of EM beats with neo-classical dramatic crescendos somewhat chaotic and even grating after awhile, almost as if the track wasn't really finished yet.
While Closer is atypical from most Groove Unltd. releases, it is still vintage Van Bogaert. He has always walked a slightly (or even more than slightly) different path than other artists on the label. While Germanic EM fans may find this not synth or sequence-driven enough, fans of dramatic and melodic keyboard music that never abandons accessibility but still takes some risk by blending disparate elements will find plenty here to please their ears.
Even if it doesn't knock me out like Human did, I still recommend the disc, especially the first eight tracks, which shine the brightest to me.
2005. Bill Binkelman / USA
Closer is Frank Van Bogaert’s 5th release and another gem in a series of releases that began back in 1998 with Colours. This CD really sparkles as Frank shows off his keyboard skills and his ability to create great grooves with depth and feeling. The music on this CD is a mixed bag and moves easily from the up tempo tracks that bounce to atmospheric tracks that offer the listener a relaxing place to hang out and drift away. Frank manages to do this without having jagged cuts from one style to another which allows the listener to move smoothly through the entire CD.
There are quite a number of tracks on this release with 14 songs that run for 64’17" which gives the listener a rather nice variety of music to choose from all in one package. Some highlights that should provide listeners with more than enough reason to pick up this CD include the title track Closer that comes out with a synth beat that drives the song forward and some keyboards that give it a down to earth feel at the same time.
Having been a fan of Deep Forest’s 1st CD, it was interesting to see Frank’s interpretation of Sweet Lullaby here on his CD. This is an excellent effort by Frank to mark this melody with his own style and make the song memorable again. Very recognizable as the melody that sticks in your head after you have heard it a few times but also very much a product of Frank Van Bogaert’s skillful rendering of the song in his own style.
Another favorite song from this package is called Dans which is track 11. This is a beat heavy track with some very deep bass lines and a creative use of voices to add to the overall feeling of the song.
One of my quiet favorites is Falling Leaves a delicate song that evokes the feeling of fall or winter with a sparse use of instrumentation and where the keyboard in the form of a piano takes center stage. It reminds one of the great piano music that used to come out of Windham Hill and Narada with the likes of David Lanz. While the song is rather short at 3:21 it is definitely a spotlight on Frank’s more than capable abilities as a keyboard player.
All in all this is a well balanced set of songs that is both accessible and entertaining. Frank sounds as if he is having a fun time exploring a variety of musical styles and we the listeners have the benefit of tagging along for the ride.
Definitely some smooth grooves that would fit quite nicely into a jazz setting ala Caleidoscope where Frank De Ruytter offers us some tasty sax licks. Frank Van Bogaert also offers up some great beats as well as some thoughtful and reflective tunes as well.
A great set that would be welcome in most anyone’s music collection. Recommended.
2005. Michael Foster
The Belgian keyboard player Frank van Bogaert is amongst those musicians who have the ability to make music of great warmth and depth, especially with the aid of synthesizers and samplers. Next to this, he is an excellent composer. He is comfortable with many styles of music, from pop to world to orchestral and symphonic. On many levels, he is regarded as the ’new Vangelis’.
On his fifth album, "Closer", Frank again creates a showcase that ranges from light and easily accessible songs to monumental pieces of enormous beauty.
Take "Coming Up From Air". This track could easily be used as film music. Frank’s diversity in musical expression is clear in "Rorogwela", where he uses a traditional melody, originally from the Solomon Islands and also re-worked by Deep Forest (one of Frank’s sources of inspiration) and Jan Garbarek. Big symphonic tunes can be heard in pieces like "Melting", "Europe’s Dawn", the fantastic "Dans (da:ns)", and "Sweetness". Sometimes he also just plays softly (acoustic or electric piano) and at other times dresses this up with synths.
"A Picture of You" and "Falling Leaves" are fine examples of this approach. Sometimes he lets the rhythms do the job, but does not forget the melody ("Closer", "Caleidoscope").
With "Closer", Frank adds another highlight to his growing list of masterpieces.
Paul Rijkens / SonicImmersion.org
"Sinceramente non so cos'è ma accade. Forse perchè sono introverso, mi riesce più facile parlare in musica che in parole. La gioia di suonare il piano o i miei synthts mi ha sempre liberato dai problemi quotidiani. Forse il mio segreto è proprio questo".
Frank Van Bogaert ha messo alla luce la sua interiorità: lo ha fatto in cinque album puramente strumentali, entrando nelle pieghe più recondite del proprio sè, trascrivendo in musica ciò che ha trovato. Con il quinto lp "Closer" questo viaggio introspettivo prosegue, come al solito ad alti livelli.
Dal 1997, con il suo esordio "Colours", la sua ricerca musicale è andata pari passo con quella interiore: possiamo dire che le due cose non si escludono, anzi si sorreggono a vicenda, poichè il tastierista belga compone proprio sulla scia della scoperta di mondi interiori che non verrebbero altrimenti fuori.
"Closer" è un lungo album: 14 tracce strumentali che si collocano nell'immenso catalogo new age. Non pochi hanno accostato il belga al più celebre Vangelis: senza dubbio, nel connubio elettronica-melodia, i due hanno molto in comune, come si evince da "Coming up for air", dall'elettronica orchestrale di "Europe's dawn".
Sinfonie elettroniche e un dispiego melodico senza eguali, ecco il tratto distintivo dell'album, che viaggia su ritmi artefatti e un utilizzo semplice ed immediato del parco-tastiere, mettendo in primo piano un pianoforte cristallino ed evocativo, talvolta il suono impalpabile del piano elettrico.
Si alternano bozzetti ("High above" e "A picture of you"), ballate che si gonfiano come ali ("Closer") ed esperimenti di jazz elettronico come "Caleidoscope".
L'ispirazione di Frank coglie anche una melodia tradizionale delle Isole Solomon, che ispirò anche Deep Forest e Jan Garbarek: è "Rorogwela", romantica e avvolgente.
Non manca un senso esotico e variopinto, come in "Good morning song", in tipico stile Megabyte; "Dans" invece ricorda il nostro Ciro Perrino.
Un disco convincente, armonioso, pittorico.
Donato Zoppo / MovimentiPROG
La música del belga Frank Van Bogaert siempre me ha fascinado. Desde que escuche Geographic (su segundo trabajo) por primera vez, supe que su estilo me iba a enganchar rápidamente. Y es que no puede ser de otra forma, para todo aquel a quien le guste la electrónica y Vangelis o Jean Michel Jarre. He leído en otros medios cómo se le ha llamado "el Vangelis Belga", lo cual no es del todo inapropiado pues, aunque su sonido siempre es personal, la influencia del estilo del maestro griego se hace presente en todos sus trabajos.
Y hablo de que su estilo es personal porque es indudable que sus comienzos en la música fueron variados. Tras fundar una banda el Bélgica a principios de los 80 (1000 Ohm) de estilo parecido a Depeche Mode o Ultravox, adquirió un gran estudio de grabación en Amberes (su actual lugar de trabajo) y se dedicó a trabajar en su propio estilo. Así nacieron sus trabajos en solitario, hasta llegar a Closer, el último de ellos.
Me da la impresión de que Closer es un disco más intimista que Colours, Geographic, Docking y Human, sus anteriores discos. Los temas son, en su mayoría, menos rítmicos, más relajantes. También hay mayor protagonismo del piano, sonido que siempre ha utilizado en sus discos.
Closer es el primer tema del disco, un tema a medio tiempo, con abundantes sonidos y efectos de sintetizador, marca de la casa Frank Van Bogaert, con protagonismo claro de la melodía, una de las constantes de este teclista belga. Este mismo tema tiene su réplica en una versión con sonidos de corte acústico en el séptimo tema, Closer (Reprise).
Coming Up For Air es un claro ejemplo de la aproximación a Vangelis de la que hablamos antes. Este tema me recuerda fuertemente a trabajos del griego de los años 90 como Voices u Oceanic. Este estilo de hecho, se presenta en muchos otros temas.
El toque étnico llega de parte de Rorogwela, un tema procedente de las Islas Solomon, y que también ha sido interpretado por Jan Garbarek y por Deep Forest (una de las fuentes de inspiración declaradas por el propio Frank). Este tema, en el estilo del belga me recuerda en parte al chill-out de Mike Oldfield.
Como ya he mencionado, en este disco (con un total de 14 temas), abundan más que nunca los temas lentos y relajantes (deberías escuchar Falling Leaves o A Picture Of You), donde el piano es totalmente intimista.
Otros temas a medio tiempo son Caleidoscope o Europe’s Dawn. Para mí fue una gran sorpresa, por su mezcla entre sinfonismo clásico y electrónica el tema Dans [da:ns], donde los sonidos grandilocientes de la orquesta van dando paso gradualmente a un ritmo marcado, con lo que se presenta como el tema más rítmico de Closer junto al tema del mismo título.
Finalmente, a modo de epílogo, el piano junto a los acordes con sonidos de cuerdas nos llevan a la finalización del disco con el tema Night Brings Silence, melodías completamente deliciosas y de gran evocación sonora.
Si ya conocías los anteriores trabajos de este músico belga, y te gustaron, Closer no te defraudará y, si te gusta la música de los músicos o grupos que he mencionado anteriormente, seguro que Frank Van Bogaert será un buen descubrimiento.
If you liked Frank Van Bogaert’s previous albums, Closer is sure to captivate as well. For those not in the know, the title track should bring you quickly up to speed with its appealing rhythm, melody and varied sound palette.
"Coming up for air" features a soft sequencer pattern, rich pads, beautiful piano chords, and a classic Vangelis synth lead line. As usual, Van Bogaert’s music is finely crafted, each piece carefully constructed and thought out.
"Rorogwela" is tribal drums blended surprisingly well with lighthearted piano, which builds with a sense of grandeur.
"High Above" is soft and sweetly restrained with a smattering of pads and other synths.
"Melting" shows Van Bogaert’s piano musicianship, another engaging number with a majestic flourish as it crescendos.
"A Picture Of You" is as intricate and beautifully rendered as anything he’s done, this time with a variety of unique synths instead of piano. I don’t like the male vocals in the background on this track, but the rest works very well.
On "Caleidoscope" electric keys skillfully dazzle with a jazzy flavor, complete with sax.
Two of the last three tracks are achingly beautiful piano pieces.
From beginning to end on Closer, Van Bogaert reminds what a skillful and varied tunesmith he is.
2005. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Avec Frank VAN BOGAERT et son Closer (64’05), c’est vers la Grèce. La Grèce ? Il y aurait un E-musicien grec? Ben oui! Et pas des moindres : Monsieur Papathanassiou, Vangelis de son prénom. Dire que van Bogaert marche dans ses plates-bandes est un euphénmisme. Mais à sa décharge, je dois dire qu’il est impeccable dans son hommage (encore un). A tel point que d’aucuns auraient tendance à l’appeler le Vangelis du plat pays (j’avais oublié de dire Frank était belge. Cocorico!) Closer est déjà son 5e album, et à part Vangelis, s’inspire également des travaux de Deep Forest.
Les compositions sont tantôt légères et facilement accessibles, tantôt monumentales et grande beauté. Les éléments symphoniques partagent la place avec de simples passages de piano (acoustique ou électrique) accompagnés de synthés. A d’autres moments, il n’est plus question que de rythme, sans oublier la mélodie.
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