Hi you all. I’m proud to take you on the second part of my musical journey through the solar system. The successor of “Solar System Part I: The Terrestrial Planets” is baptized “Solar System Part II: The Jovian Planets & Beyond” and results in yet another very atmospheric album.|
- Jupiter – V [14:39]
- Saturn – VI [12:26]
- Uranus – VII [6:48]
- Neptune – VIII 07 [7:41]
- Pluto – IX 06 [6:04]
The giant gaseous planets of the outer solar system are referred to as ‘Jovian Planets’. The term ‘Jovian’ is derived from the god ‘Jove’, better known as ‘Jupiter’. The planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are said to be Jupiter-like planets hence the term Jovian. Why the extension “& Beyond”? Well, since 2006 Pluto isn’t considered a planet anymore. However I still feel like this little but beautiful object deserves to be mentioned as a member of our solar system so I really wanted it to be a part in the second chapter of my musical story.
Although this is the second album out of two, the tracks of both were composed and recorded in different order. The very first track was “Saturn – VI” in May 2019 where as “Sun – Ouverture” for instance was completed in December 2020. The last track was “Pluto – IX” and was finished in May 2021, exactly two years after the very beginning of this breathtaking experience. All songs comprise the same atmospheric soundscapes, effects and melodic textures resulting in a consistent whole.
Part I as well as Part II gave me lots of fulfillment. I tried to musically capture the overwhelming beauty of every planet or celestial object and hope I succeeded. Where the track “Earth – III” (collaboration with Hermax) is the pinnacle of “Part I: The Terrestrial Planets”, “Jupiter – V” is on “Part II: The Jovian Planets & Beyond”. I had to dive deep into my musical experience to create the dynamic musical structure and get the quite orchestral atmosphere. But all of the tracks on both albums were made with the same love and enthusiasm and in fact I’m proud of every single piece.
Another aspect of the albums was the comprehensive boost of knowledge on the Korg Kronos Workstation which I heavily relied on during composing. Before every beginning of a new track, I started with programming new sounds on the Kronos, getting more and more acquainted with this monster synth of the Japanese manufacturer.
I hope you, the listener, will appreciate the results of my creative and technical labor and enjoy the atmospheric tracks as much as I did creating them.
Guylian (Danny Gijbels)
Having been dazzled by Solar System Part 1, I was one of those who awaited its sequel with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Would it be as good? Could I feed myself with the wildest hope that it would be better? For a softy, a romantic like me, SOLAR SYSTEM Part 2 has all the assets to make me ecstatic at each track. On the other hand, I remain aware of the similarities between these two albums of Guy-Lian who blows hot and cold by presenting an album which flirts with a rather similar harmonic development on cinematographic structures woven with the philharmonic side of the synthesizers. And yes, there are chills! Playing constantly on the extremes, the Belgian musician exploits the symphonic orchestrations as more electronic structures as well while notching up a harmonic bone which develops from title to title. And yes, it is as good as Solar System Part 1, but not necessarily better! Danny Gijbels also exploits a more progressiv e musical flavor that he introduces right away on Jupiter V, a track at the height Earth III that we find on the first part of this cosmic electronic symphony.
The rising wave unveils a first layer of futuristic sound elements whose connection with Blade Runner is reinforced with those more orchestral whose apocalyptic vision brings us to a light crash of symphonic percussions. For those who are looking for musical reference points, this first track is composed of a bouquet of Thierry Fervant, Kitaro and Vangelis in a symphonic track that constantly seeks its emotional equivalence in an electronic vision that is not without reminding the complex works of David Wright. After this theatrical opening, Jupiter V offers a cosmic organic texture that precedes a soft melody played on a keyboard. These 30 seconds of softness are jostled by a cosmic burst that redirects the music to an orchestral core dominated by wind instruments and later by violins. Another roll of the timpani and anot her tenant shows up to blow this soothing melody that makes us dream with open eyes. The orchestrations are made of silk and the tenderness is present. The surges in mode lento feed our sense of sorrow while slow staccato leads us to the top of a cinematic turmoil. No sleeping or dreaming with your eyes open though! The 7th minute brings this astral melody with a galloping rhythm on the musical paths of Jupiter V. The electronic vision of the main melody changes to a more symphonic approach. Guy-Lian restructures the track into a fanfare movement that realigns Jupiter V on a warpath with an appropriate musical vision in symbiosis with its evolution. A dramatic element sets in again, a celestial harp guides this other form of the melodious link to a Cosmos whose concept had almost been forgotten since the symphonic orientation of the title. We reach a zone of ambiences with a synth line that starts to waltz alone. Two minutes later, Jupiter V reactivates with a beautiful piano line t hat accompanies a suite of bass-pulses trying to structure another war anthem. A much more theatrical hymn with the timpani rolls that accompany the puny melodic backbone played by the piano from now on. The military roll accentuates its cadence, surrounded by angelic trumpets in a cinematic choreography where the march of Jupiter V has always flirted between two visions, two universes.
Less complex, Saturn VI follows a harmonious tangent dedicated to provoking our feelings. Its opening is adorned by fragile arpeggios drawing a harmonious approach that is nevertheless rather evasive. The first orchestral impulse is intense and shakes a musical signature inspired by the cosmic spells of Mannheim Steamroller, project Fresh Aire. These first arpeggios are reborn from their smothered embers with a distant fragrance of Vangelis from Ignacio's time. This superb lunar melody is presented with the conscience of its fragility. It clings to a slow tempo, like a repentant musical soul. The percussions, slamming in a style close to the Electronica, stabilize this harmonious approach which turns into singing synth solos on a bed of orchestrations in ambient staccato mode. The next symphonic surge does its job by making our emotions capsize some 15 seconds before the 8th minute. From then on, and with the melody well flowing, Saturn VI continues its evolution on a sequenced staccato style, like the growing rhythm of Chariots of Fire's title-track, always pushing its emotional paroxysm on orchestrations that reach a celestial level. The winds of Uranus VII awaken this harmonic link, which is played with more restraint here, making it more fragile towards our emotions. The track develops a more electronic vision after the 3rd minute, even blowing some very good synth solos whose fluted tint collides again on the reefs of the timpani. Getting up again, Uranus VII clings to a sequenced march in a more electronic 3rd part that the pan flute of the synth even makes more N e w Age. Neptune VIII reappropriates this melody, which has become a solid earworm in spite of its different shades, in an electronic ambient structure where the shivers abound through these multiple orchestrations which have nothing to envy to the magnificent universe of David Wright, the most beautiful artist in the world of symphonic EM. Let's face it, the finale brings a tear to my eye! Pluto IX ends this short series of tracks giving an ultra romantic dimension to SOLAR SYSTEM Part 2 with a segment of barely 3 minutes vegetating in the fragrances of Vangelis before exploding for an electronic rock à la Thierry Fervant. The organic texture gives it an appearance of Funk flirting with Electronica to fade away not even two minutes later in the winds that blew on the opening of this magnificent musical story about the planets from the Belgian artist, Guy-Lian.
2021. Sylvain Lupari