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Sébastien Guérive: Omega Point

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Artist: Sébastien Guérive (@)
Title: Omega Point
Format: 12" + Download
Label: Atypeek Music (@)
Distributor: Diggers Factory
Rated: * * * * *
After a close listening of this album by Nantes-based composer and sound engineer Sébastien Guérive, he could undoubtedly be one possible suggestion to some moviemakers of the contemporary sci-fi scene, if in need of a score composer. I'm not sure if "Omega Point" belongs to one of those release for an imaginary movie that will never be released, but its listening can certainly feed imagination. Most of the track can easily fit an episode of Black Mirror, including the less disquieting... if you saw this famous TV series, don't tell that tracks like "Minchir", the one that features the collaboration of Manuel Adnot, or "Nashira" - very good choice for the title, as Nashira is the name of a star transitioning to a giant one belonging to the constellation of Capricorn, whose name origin is an Arabian expression meaning 'bearer of good news' - wouldn't be perfect for any tropical reverie of immortality like the one described in "San Junipero". Actually, there's no need to discommode science fiction, considering all the weird facts (not necessarily on mainstream) related to the last months of global history, this album could also be a perfect soundtrack for the pretty dystopian reality we're experiencing almost daily. That black exploding globe on the eloquent cover, but above all the general mood of "Omega Point" evokes that kind of concerned mood of those journeys with no return, which seems to permeate those real and concrete nightmares of ecologists or the likewise scary ones coming from catastrophists and maybe their intimate hopes or mental getaways. There's a certain heterogeneity in the dynamics of each track, ranging from resemblances to the sonic riding by some so-called krautrockers (in particular Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Ash Ra Tempel) to the recent sumptuous electronic diversion of Nils Frahm's pianism (partially evoked by the combination of electronic sequences with the piano phrasing by Cédric Le Guillerm in "Bellatrix") or Moroder-like electronic progressions ("Adhara"), even if sometimes I had the feeling that sound editing tends to be quite recursive, particularly on the different 'Omega' tracks. Such a mole doesn't break the fascination of the evoked atmosphere and a certain visionariness by Sébastien music, that deserves a check by our readers.

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