Le Révélateur :: Horizon Fears (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE With Download
Le Révélateur :: Horizon Fears (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE With Download
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Following up stellar releases on the Root Strata and Gneiss Things labels, Montréal, Quebec music veteran Roger Tellier-Craig offers us his latest collection of crystalline electronics as Le Révélateur. “Horizon Fears” explores virtual settings through highly evocative and sparkling hi-fi electronics, spanning a wide array of moods and themes. Always a dedicated purist, Tellier-Craig specializes in assembling pulsing electronics and inventive melodies as interlocking parts, creating a colorful and highly visual grid of fine-tuned pieces that operate flawlessly as a whole.
Last years ‘Fictions’ was a highlight of the glut of synth releases that have emerged recently. It should have hardly been surprising then that it came from the mind of a veteran musician; Godspeed alum Roger Tellier-Craig, and now he returns once more to the fray with this charming addition to the NNA canon. Again exploring the outer limits of hazy near-new age synthesis, Tellier-Craig brings to mind simpler times conjuring both the classic Tangerine Dream era and the early Emeralds-wave synthesizer releases that were birthed from it. ‘Horizon Fears’ is far from a mere exercise though, and the inherent beauty of the record comes from Tellier-Craig’s understanding of his craft – in a time when most ‘synth’ records have become a samey batch of modular experiments, Tellier-Craig has offered a well-timed antidote. Lovely stuff.
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While all the cool kids whip themselves into a frenzy over Roger Tellier-Craig’s old band (GY!BE), cooler kids get jazzed about a less visible RT-C outfit (in various states of defunct) and the coolest kids pretend to not even know about him. Those so embryonic in their coolness are pushing themselves deeper into the womb of Le Révélateur’s Horizon Fears. There’s little elbow room, due to the electronic cell-splitting of synth and sound, but it’s cozy. Before the need to nurse our coolness with heaps of mother’s milk and awkward record-store crate-digging, we are at the apex of cool: we sit in a belly, protruding and intruding on everything with the swagger and ease of Henry Winkler, with Tellier-Craig’s esophageal rumbles delivering healthy nutrients and vital blood platelets to our growing bodies. But the light grows brighter. We begin to descend and feel the earthquake of flesh and muscle thrust us out of comfort. Ours is not a fear of the horizon, but of the vertical. Yet we’ve been given the guidebook of cool. Once we enter our new realm, there will be none cooler. We will have all the knowledge given to us by RT-C. Our supply will dwindle, but never to levels too dangerous to be sucked into uncool vortexes. We have the vacuum of Horizon Fear to maintain until we are of age to complete the cycle ourselves. That is so cool.
For those who knew Montreal based musician Roger Tellier-Craig from his work with post-rock units Fly Pan Am and Godspeed You! Black Emperor it must have been quite a big surprise when he released his debut tape, “Motion Flares”, on Root Strata in 2010. Instead of monumental guitar passages there was a throwback into the sunny 70’s German prog electronics in the vein of Harmonia or early Popol Vuh. Quite different, but not exactly groundbreaking in the sense that Roger’s project started right in the middle of the neo-prog electronic craze. What made him stand out, however, was his experience from previous projects and compositional skills way above other analog knob twiddlers. Continued with “Fictions” vinyl, Le Révélateur’s compositions were dense, intense, full of life, playful and never boring, always hitting the nail on the head with its beatific, meditational twist.
No different is his third release (and shortest to date), “Horizon Fears”, the 22 minute glowing ride released on NNA Tapes label (the acronym NNA standing fittingly for “Nu New Age”). Incredibly intricate and well-executed from the first droning notes (probably the only instance of “drone music” you will ever hear from him, even though many are quick to pointlessly lump him into the “drone” category), the slow drones rise into a crystalline web of digital era sound connections. The shy, ambient-ish opening of tracks keep adding more and more elements into gradually becoming ultra-detailed sound vignettes (often ending abruptly). Just like Ballard liked to call some of his short stories “condensed novels”, Tellier-Craig can call his exhaustive psychedelic shorties “condensed suites” – because this is exactly what they are: what would normally take 15 or 20 minutes is here crammed within a 4-5 minute timeframe, thusly intensified and sped-up, frenetically pulsing visions of future executed with a razor-sharp preciseness.
The flurry of electronic signals presented on “Horizon Fears” can be best described by the name of the track from the cassette itself: “Data Daze”. The amount of data put into this tape divided by the amount of time it takes the cassette to finish may cause a dizziness. It’s short and intense, more intense than ever before, as if Roger was deliberately restraining himself in terms of time, while still trying to put as many ideas in there as if he was developing a full length. “Horizon Fears” is five explosions of pure information, packaged in glossy, progressive electronic ideology; a series of five quick meditations for those in a hurry, to be taken while on a city bus or while waiting for a lecture at a your college. Faster, quicker, more condensed, and still otherworldly.
By Alex HudsonFormer Godspeed You! Black Emperor guitarist Roger Tellier-Craig release the stunning kosmische synth odyssey Fictions last year asLe Révélateur, and now he's back at it once again. His newest release is Horizon Fears, and it's out on cassette through NNA Tapes.
According to an announcement from the label, the Montreal musician's latest effort is built around "highly evocative and sparkling hi-fi electronics" that span "a wide array of moods and themes."
Below, you can watch a video for the album cut "Data Daze." The track features twinkling electronics that blip and build for three and a half hypnotic minutes. The video adds an extra mind-melting element with its flickering, abstract digital images.
This track is most likely fairly representative of the rest of Horizon Fears, which is said to be "a colorful and highly visual grid of fine-tuned pieces that operate flawlessly as a whole." If you like what you hear, order the tape right here, where you can also listen to some more sound samples of the release.