REUTER, MARKUS/IAN BODDY - MEMENTO (2017 COLLABORATION ON DIN RECORDS)
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Complex, deep album that effortlessly crosses genres between Prog and Ambient Electronica, creating new sonic landscapes for the listener to explore!
‘Memento’ (DiN52) is the 5th DiN CD collaboration between label boss Ian Boddy & renowned composer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter. They were there at the birth of DiN in 1999 with their inaugural release: ‘Distant Rituals’ and this latest 2017 work not only affectionately looks back to that album, but forges ahead into new musical territory.
The album opens with the powerful tour de force of: ‘Gyroscope’ with its ever-evolving guitar arpeggios and thunderous percussion. The following track: ‘Spindrift’ has a mysterious harmonic feel highlighted by Reuter’s beautiful guitar playing and Boddy’s ambient production.
‘Linger’ and ‘Stay’ form a pair of soundscapes where Reuter’s guitar loop ambiences are intermingled with extraordinary analogue textures from Boddy’s Serge modular synthesiser. The former provides a breathing space within the album after the two opening tracks, whereas the latter brings the album to a gentle, drifting close. The title track hearkens back to the duo’s first collaborative album with it’s pulsing cut up treatment of a Reuter guitar loop soundscape, and perhaps informs the listener as to the nature of this ‘Memento’. Although Boddy often keeps in the background in terms of lead solo work when working with Reuter the track: ‘Deadlock’ features an Ondes Martenot style synth line that soars above this dark emotionally laden piece.
Once again Reuter & Boddy have proved to be a potent musical team with their balance of styles, producing a complex, deep album that effortlessly crosses genres between Prog and Ambient Electronica, whilst not only looking back to their roots, but creating new sonic landscapes for the listener to explore.
‘Memento’ is released on 19th May 2017.
MARKUS REUTER/IAN BODDY: MEMENTO Track List:
01. Gyroscope (7:45)
02. Spindrift (6:56)
03. Linger (6:24)
04. Memento (6:31)
05. Vermillion (9:08)
06. Deadlock (9:34)
07. Stay (6:26)
TPT - 52:58