Monday, June 1, 2020
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Artist: Arsine Tibe' (@)
Title: Good evening, the mountain said
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
One leg of the synth-pop duo !Distain, Manfred Thomaser looks like having come back with the tables of the law (or better a 10-track new album!) after some chat with an unknown god smoking and chilling at lounge noir, his imaginary temple arguably hollowed on the side of some high well-mannered mountain (as the title suggests, it should be the same mountain who used to pursue Mohammed, which nowadays due to the fact there're too many pavid mad people who easily call for police to protect themselves even from people who incidentally walk on the same route to get out from a station, it confined itself to merely greet!), through his solo-project Arsine Tibe'. If you didn't know such a sonic semblance and demanour, when Manfred wears Arsine Tibe''s dress, he normally entartains listeners in a less enquiring way without refraining from simple compositional schemes combined with a narrative approach, delicious hooks on some 80ies sonorities. The initial track "Light" dips the sound in the ink of some sacred text by a delicate percussive textures, leavened synth sounds and the spongy vocal performance by Tania Murray (I have to say that the light hypnotical breeze of the song as well as the gentle vocal tune of the singer repeating "give me the light, give me the anime" could induce some of you to post some comics and a lighter to Tania!), whereas the second track plays on the contract between the dim evoked by the title "Darkness" and the general mood of the lyrics and the ethereal shine of the sound close to some stuff by Ataraxia or Cocteau Twins. The simple bassline and some delayed synth-piano of "In My Room At Night" bring gracefully the listener into the oniric dimension where Manfred could have imagined (or just dreamt) the narration, which looks like described as "a stranger's dream" or arguably a possession by "a stranger's mind" by Tania's voice in "Dawn At Night", where the possessed girl ("feeling not like a girl") finds herself in a noisy lounge bar (it's quite bizarre the jump of setting in "Maximum boy", the track describing such a change of scene), which looks like belonging to an undefined past time. I dont' anticipate anything about the way this character reaches its redemption and enlightenment, but it's quite clear this album sounds like a soundtrack of a spiritual journey whose goal is the understanding of the roots of existence. From the stylistical viewpoint, I think that Arsine Tibe' could be considerably enhanced by recurring to less conventional and braver choices, but it's appreciable anyway.