Dutchman Gert Emmens already is quite a big name in the world of Berlin School-based electronic music. Cadenced Haven (the artistname of Laila Quraishi from Bangladesh) is a rather new name in the scene. She recorded the album “Peregrination” for Groove Unlimited. On this album, she received help from Gert. Recently, they created an album together, the wonderful “Life In Cosmic Way”. Now there is their second collaboration “Mystic Dawn”. The cd is accompanied with an excellent cover by Pablo Magne who has done more fine artwork for Groove. It reminds of the classic albums by Pink Floyd and The Alan Parsons Project that had covers by Hipgnosis.
- Into The Night 7:41
- Road To Mirage 8:17
- Awareness Of Depth 10:28
- Mystic Dawn 6:14
- Infinite Horizon 22:59
- Reflections 8:02
Just as was the fact on “Life In Cosmic Way”, “Mystic Dawn” again shows the sequences, the drums, the sounds, the melodies and the solos by Gert as well as the soundscapes and other melodies by Cadenced Haven. In comparison to that album, on “Mystic Dawn” they go further. “Into The Night” opens the album very atmospheric, after that the sequences fall in. Emmens is a master in creating such rich sequences. In the second part of the track the rhythms are quite industrial which forms a nice contrast with the warm music. A fantastic feeling introduces “Road To Mirage”, after which pointy sequences follow above Gert’s antique drumboxes. His music is always very melodically. In this he is different from many of his colleagues. This can be heard very well in “Awareness Of Depth” . The second part of this track is almost like progressive rock. Is this maybe a little precursor to his soon to be released progalbum “Memories”? We shall hear. The titletrack again has Laila’s very fine and subtle sounds but also a Tangerine Dream-like sequence as well as big drumsound. Gert’s solo is very melodically. Talking about solos: the ones in “Infinite Horizon” are superb, just as the double sequences. “Reflections” closes the album with a thrusting rhythm and wonderful ambiences.
This album is not only a “must” for the fans of Gert Emmens and Candenced Haven solo but for everybody who loves good, clever and atmospheric electronic music. Music where is thought about
2012. Paul Rijkens
Year in and year out, alone or in duo, Gert Emmens enchants our ears, and very often our inner spirits, with a solid EM which alternates its rhythms and ambiences by the means of seductive sequenced structures. And “Mystic Dawn” won't do apart. Pushing farther the astral reflections of Life in Cosmic Highway, this 2nd collaboration Emmens/Haven dives into a universe of sequences with movements of centipedes, and their rebellious rhythms, which woo the sweetness duality of some musical and harmonious synths in a unique universe of a sound signature that charms our ears for soon 10 years.
"Into the Night" invites us in the rebellious universe of “Mystic Dawn” with a floating intro which goes into our ears as an old memory more than very pleasant. Lines of synth agglutinate there, drawing apocalyptic odes that the arrival of the first sequences confines in the hidden recesses of our ears. Their ions jumpers of harmonious outlines are familiar to us. They undulate in fine gallop, sculpting these rhythmic structures unique to Gert Emmens repertory. Harmonious rhythms split into duelist fractions which harmonize in this cosmic sea and its waves of synth, sometimes shrill and sometimes musical, which coo like the grooves of a rainbow lost in a starred mist. This rhythm loses its ions in an oblivion flavored by these acrylic tones strata before coming back, flattened by good electronic percussions, defying the ochred breezes of a synth to thousand scarlet prisms. "Road to Mirage" is built on the same precepts. Soft, the intro is perfumed by these tones of synth if capt ivating which feed our pond of waking dreams throughout “Mystic Dawn”. The rhythm is smooth. It's like a delicate rodeo in the stars with its puny sequences which skip in the shade of a good bass line, keys with starred tones (another beautiful harmonious element in “Mystic Dawn”) and of its choirs which hum to fantasy on a rhythmic which manures its shyness with sober knocks of percussions. "Awareness of Depth" offers a more nervous rhythm which dives into jerky kicks to tune its flickered pulsations with a bass line to throbbing chords. The synths are charming throughout this 2nd Emmens/Haven collaboration and here they chant songs with hybrid voices and draw some twisted, complex and unique solos with the Emmens signature, on a structure which abandons little by little its cosmic envelope to embrace a progressive electronic rock path. And it's the same thing for the title-track which, with its twinkling keys and its cosmic aura, finished also diving into a heavy electronic rock a dorned by these juicy Emmensian solos.
"Infinite Horizon" also presents a silky cosmic intro with a thick cloud of heterogeneous tones which roam in veils of ether. The unreal coolness gives way to more musical synth layers which tilt towards a fascinating astral poetry with nice cooing lamentations of synths. The first sequences arrive early. Shy, they get lost in a static broth which explodes to the sounds of slamming percussions to rethink about its future and diving again in an uncertainty which makes the strength of this epic track. The percussions reborn after a long ambiospherical phase. They skip on the spot, forging a docile rhythm which sticks to other ions charmer of ears to bring so a musical depth at two harmonic phases with a very beautiful dramatic procession at around the 13th minute and, especially, a greater presence of the synths which draw superb oniric solos of which the harmonious duality is the basis of “Mystic Dawn”. This is a great track in the lineage of the good ones of Emmens with synths t hat will haunt your ears much more lately, after its very ambient last minutes. "Reflections" espouses a soft rhythm. A kind of cosmic blues with echoing sequences/pulsations which are used as framework to another design of sequences of which the flickering ions are dancing like snips of scissors in space, illustrating marvellously Gert Emmens' floating rhythms who vitamins his structure with heavier sequences and more hammered percussions. The rhythm becomes strange in our loudspeakers. A little as if it was under the influence of drink and would move forward stubbornly through the harmonious roadblocks of a structure which inhales the liberties of “Mystic Dawn”.
Why change a winning recipe? Since 03's Wanderer of Time, Gert Emmens seduced with his lines of sequences to strange harmonious designs and his synths with lyrical solos. And “Mystic Dawn” reminds us this constantly. This last Emmens/Haven opus transcends the astral ambiences of Life in Cosmic Highway with a more progressive approach and with rhythms which enchant due to their indomitable rebels drawings in cosmic phases bathed of wonderful melodic dualities. The synths of Cadenced Haven are maturing marvellously into Gert Emmens' universe which year after year is faithful to the crossroads of his creativity with a another hard-hitting work.
2012. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com