This CD is perfect to forget your dayly troubles.|
- Detachment of Worldly Affairs part 1 [11:54]
- Cool Down [7:07]
- Detachment of Worldly Affairs part 2 [7:49]
- Lachrymation [12:60]
- Breath the living air [9:55]
- Free Flying Spirits [13:45]
- Far Bounderies [9:20]
The CD takes you to a world where dreams cover reality by means of intimate soundscapes, shifting sequencers and beautiful enviRONmental additions.
"Detachment of Worldly Affairs" is an album of subtle rhythms and ambient soundscapes from Ron Boots, a partner at Groove Unlimited and one of the leading electronicians in the genre.
Ron compliments his atmospheres with some ethereal samples and experimental trappings. The subtle - yet overt - rhythm track provides the cohesion that puts it all together and maintains the flow. This CD revitalizes the theme of Ron's first two albums - dreams! He exhorts his listeners to keep the dream alive and thanks those who have done so.
Indeed, the atmospheres are mindful of lucid dream experiences. The soundscapes are full and liqueous.
This I s a cool CD for advanced meditation.
I think this is the first song I heard by the man. At least this inspired me to seek his other works. Simply wonderful and mysterious. The thing about Ron Boots is his originality (I want mention Dust In The Wind Ha Ha) I know no other artist that sounds like him. Another master of electronic music who I own all his music and waits for each new release.
2004. Bobby Wright
During the early 90s, as the new age phenomenon waned in popularity, more than a few progressive music aficionados were questioning what artists would emerge from this period of commercial decline and continue developing great new instrumental, just as a smaller group had before the new age movement. Thankfully, several have emerged--particularly in Europe--to carry on and further expand the great work began in the 70s by new masters such as Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. One of the most remarkable of these musicians is Dutchman Ron Boots. By the time Boots reached Detachment of Worldly Affairs, his fourth major studio album, he was in full stride creatively.
A variety of both driving and spacey compositions with a strong sound tablet make this one of Boots finest albums to date. Detachment is proof that Boots style had developed to a point that clearly elevated him beyond many "electronic" artists content to re-invent the 70s or simply put out a number of mediocre productions. Boots’ compositions often develop subtly but purposefully with a tapestry of sequences, rhythms, melody, and great programming. Detachment also contains another hallmark of great albumsexcellent variety of composition.
The album opens with a powerful mix of rhythm and sound, the first part of the title track, but soon moves to a slower tempo reflective piece, "Cool Down." The album also contains one of Boots’ best ambient pieces "Far Boundaries" which is somewhat enigmatic even after years of listening.
Boots must have thought so as well because he followed up the composition with a sequel the next year on his subsequent studio album.
Bradford Warner / SoundDesign
I have to admit that going through Ron Boots' musical world discovery is the equivalent of a beautiful treasures hunting. After my pleasant audition of Different Stories and Twisted Tales, here I am exploring the sound meanders of Detachment of Worldly Affairs; a stunning album where heavy rhythms bind themselves in more cosmic, even heterogeneous passages, to create one of the beautiful albums of the 90’s. An album where we also seize the clear influence of Ron Boots on artists such as Rainbow Serpent, Pyramid Peak, Axess, Gert Emmens, Certamen and as well as several other names which furnish our ears with a musical approach that we call New Berlin School.
Metallic mooing roars among floating sound hoops to introduce Detachment of Worldly Affairs I. An intro filled by eclectic tones livening up next to a beautiful sequence which waves on a warm bass structure, of which are added good drum striking from Harold Van Der Heijden which united its rhythm to a keyboard with hatched keys and a xylophone to crystalline hits. The keyboard gets isolate and escapes to insufflate a melodious minimalism approach that hooks the listening on a rhythmic structure which increases around synth solos which spin with languor on cadences to subdivided sequences, where their echoes mould a pleasant melodious pattern. As usual, Ron Boots' musical universe is dense and rich and Detachment of Worldly Affairs starts where Different Stories and Twisted Tales ended. So be it with a chords duality between two keyboards and synths which cross their tones with a harmonious complicity all along Ron Boots' 10th opus.
Cool Down returns the tempo in a proportion closer the electronic ballad with a soft nice synth, to breezes of a virtual sax and to fine hesitating notes, on a soft bass structure which pulses a delicate dreamy tempo. A warm electronic ballad that also fills Detachment of Worldly Affairs II’s intro. A soft and warm overture which pours towards a structure to richer tones, with its dramatic sparkles and its cosmic elements which float between good synth solos and a pace to slightly syncopated spirals. After a slow intro, stuffed with tones of twisted metal that is melting to synth with sinister breaths, a magnificent sequence lights up Lachrymation. Initially she skips innocently, joining its prudish rhythm to subtle tribal percussions which living up a tempo coated with synthesized velvet. Around the 4th minute point, another more harmonious sequence is shaping to this surprising astral dance which pulses under a soft cotton synth, before espousal an ambient phase. A short chapter where the rhythm takes back its rights amplified and kept up, under solos to spectral spheres of influence. A very good title which is a classic of sequenced EM!
After a deafening opening, Breath the Living Air takes a very ambient surge with a beautiful line of bass which waves under a covered sky of cosmic polyhedrons pushed by a synth to multiple breaths and crystalline keys. A strange oblivion of lights and sounds pierced by the ghostly voice of Ron Boots which engenders a kind of cerebral hypnosis.
After this brainy rest, Free Flying Spirits takes us out of this prismic coma with a magnificent sequences play. Sequences which hiccough in the shade of beautiful percussion strikes and synthesized streaks which an extremely powerful musical framework. Of all EM albums that I heard, Free Flying Spirits is the heaviest and most melodious track that spawned between my ears. Rich rhythm which takes root on sequences among which vibrations and resonances make a perpetual sequence of movements, on tribal percussions which add a surrealist touch to a totally unbridled title. Heavy resonant sequences, good percussions and a sober but effective synth make of Free Flying Spirits a unique title which always offers an interesting tone to every listening. Simply grandiose!
Far Bounderies ends with a cosmic excursion where everything is in suspension. A long ambient title where keyboard sparkles decorate a firmament with weighty synthesized waves and where astral choirs chant an ode to serenity.
Remixed and re edited in 1999 by Groove label, Detachment of Worldly Affairs is a pure sound marvel. Ron Boots multiplies unbridled rhythms on audacious sequences and melodious approach which suits so well his poetic style. A very beautiful album, according to me, his best of this era, which was select by EM fans as the best album of 1994 where, once again, Ron Boots approaches all the musical forms of a Berlin School new genre.
Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness