By : full_on
Before starting this review I must state that in the beginning I was a little bit scared by the bpms of the tracks, 'cause I rarely dig psy over 148 bpms, in fact I can't remember even one track over 150 bpms that I really like and listen from time to time. However, since Le Barde (Electrypnose) got my respect in the diversity aspect with his other releases, and since the online samples sounded good, I decide to give this album a real try and managed to get an original copy.
As mentioned before, the guy behind Electrypnose likes to be called "Vin's Le Barde". He came from Switzerland to make some noise in the psychedelic circles, and this is his second album. His first successful album was released at Resonant Earth, and since it's been a while since this 2nd release, he already released his 3rd album, a sweet ambient album released at Ajana Records.
The label responsible for the "Electrypnose - Le Tireur des Ficelles" is Peak Records, a label that earned the public's respect through high quality standards in its releases. One of those few labels which you have to check all releases to see if they "fit your case".
As usual with all Peak Records releases, we can find the BPMs to all tracks on the back of the jewel case, and the cover art is good. In this case the Art Design was made by Johan Tissot, revolves around a gargoyle, a female-like angel and a muppet, interesting. The CD also present the gargoyle and the angel.
The mastering was made by Chromatone.
The album begins with The Handler, a dance floor shaker that starts with a moody melody and an overall mysterious feeling that is set by an interesting sample from the movie Edward Scissor Hands. Add a powerful kick'n'bass combo and all sort of effects and noises orchestrated in a musical way. That's the first track, impossible to resist and one of my favorites.
The next track is slower, but still dense. Another good example of how to use samples to add directions to the trip. I won't comment all tracks because unless we're talking about technical aspects it's difficult to talk objectively about music, since what really matters is what it make us feel. So to me tracks like Niapo and Disfunction are more psychedelic, and tracks like B2P2 and Oz are steadier and hypnotic, but it must be clear that all of them have their own personalities and behavior. If you're looking for something energetic I recommend Stupid Moods and Cerebral Factory, maybe Brain Surgery present this energetic characteristic as well, but to me it feels that the word that better describes it is "insane".
Le Tireur de Ficelles, the track that gave name to the album (or maybe it was the other way around) has an unusual structure, being a complicated piece of psychedely and in spite of the high bpm is another favorite, there's no doubt it sends the dance floor to another dimension.
And finally to close the album there is "Bas les Masques", an introspective downtempo outro which I sometimes listen in the repeat forever mode.
Overall this album is really what I dig: well produced psychedelic music with some nice samples. I must admit that the faster tracks here don't work for me as well as the others, but this was already expected. Congratulations to all involved in this release.
Recommendation: For those on the "night side" of the psy this release is highly recommended. Here you'll find over 76 minutes of music, and what's better: it follows no formula or recipe, being effective on the floor without being leaving you with that feeling that "I heard something like that before". This album is probably on the CD cases of most night DJs out there, and if you're looking for serious night music this release must be considered.
Favorites: 1(!), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9(!), 11.
By : DeathPosture
The Puppet Master…
Swiss power house label Peak Records is out with its 8th release which doubles as the first full artist album… And who better to do the honours, than fellow Swiss resident Electrypnose? Vince Le Barde has yet to let me down, and in my reviews over the years I’ve often praised him for his unique, unconformity, underground psytrance… The debut album Brain Stretching released in 2005 by ResonantEarth.com was a blast and every single compilation track I’ve heard from Vince has kicked some royal ass… So hell yeah, I’m excited about this second album… Let’s dig in!
Let me take you thru the tracks…
#01: Electrypnose - The Handler [148 BPM]
“The years he spent in isolation have not equipped him with the tools necessary to judge right from wrong. He's had no contacts. He's been completely without guidance. Furthermore, his work, the garden sculptures, hairstyles and so forth, indicates that he's a highly imaginative character. It seems clear that his awareness of what we call reality is radically underdeveloped!” The opening track sets the mood with some eerie, haunting church bells sampled to oblivion… A lengthy and trippy sample from Edward Scissorhands adds to the spooky atmosphere and after a couple of minutes we’re complete soaked into the eerie world of Electrypnose… Edgy, eerie and dark – but with enough acid bits and pieces to keep me entertained… Brilliant!
#02: Electrypnose - Gidi Fake [146 BPM]
“Doctor, we have a successful fusion of reaction! […] Everyone here is mad. I'm mad, you're mad; it's only by chance or careful planning if you're not. How do you know I'm mad? Because you're here, and everyone here, is mad!” The next tracks samples Alice In Wonderland which is altogether one of the most trippy stories ever… The acid-level has been raised, and we’re in full-blown night trance territory now… Heavily syncopated acid-stabs make out the base of track and they are surrounded by all kinds of twirling FX and computer game samples… Mad indeed, but oooh so good…
#03: Electrypnose – Niapo [148 BPM]
“Here’s Johnny!” Another weird-as-fuck IDM intro turns into trademark Electrypnose psychedelia… I swear there are more layers here than I dare to count – and the trip factor is off the chart! Hell yeah, this is like Derango vs. Procs vs. Aphex Twin vs. Autechre… Can you imagine that combo? Well, listen to this track and sample the sweet nectar of sonic LSD! Intense yes, but totally trip-tastic too… I’m digging this track loads!
#04: Electrypnose - B2P2 [147 BPM]
“You helped me get here, but my question is ‘why’? Where is this going? Where does it end? I don't know. You don't know, or you won't tell me? I told you before, no one can see beyond a choice they don't understand. And I mean no one. What choice? It doesn't matter!” This is less weird, but we’re still deep in the Swiss underground… The acid is flowing freely and we’re exposed to a lethal dose of heavily tweaked synth lines, digital drops and electronic farts… The energy level is simply impressive and I double dare anyone not to move to this… The samples from The Matrix Revolutions are not too original, but I guess they are kinda retro-cool… Not the most exciting track here, but it’s still a solid, wholesome piece of Electrypnose wizardry… ;o)
#05: Elendil - Oz (Electrypnose Remix) [148 BPM]
Elendil is an unsigned Swiss project by one of Vince’s mates… As a frequent guest in the Electrypnose studios, this local act caught Vince’s attention with this track – so it was decided that a remix would fit this album…. And I agree! I haven’t heard the original, so I can’t really tell what was changed, but what we’re left with here is a nice little acid-ripper of a night track… Nothing too complicated is going on here – it’s just good old-fashioned psytrance packed with twirling acid-lines and medieval melodies… I guess in a way, this is similar to The Misted Muppet – only darker! So yeah, this is perhaps the most melodic track off the album, so in a sense we’re kinda chilling out here… Chilling out at 148 beats per minute that is… It took me a while to fully appreciate, but now I dig it – and it’s just example of Vince’s diverse musical talent...
#06: Electrypnose - Stupid Moons [149 BPM]
After the melodic ‘break’ it’s time for some more underground madness… The rhythm section here is totally irregular – and a lot of fun! Good luck mixing this one! As always, Vince relies heavily on sampling and within the first couple of minutes there are at least 15 samples from all kinds of genres, movies, etc… Multi-coloured, multi-fragmented, multi-climactic and multi-playful psy-trance… Rich, diverse and instantly rewarding… Sweet!
#07: Electrypnose – Disfunction [148 BPM]
The next track picks up right where the previous one left off… The irregular IDM-beats create the unique, oddball Electrypnose ambience which is totally trippy… And this is as much a tour de force into percussion trickery as it is a venture in trippy, acid-ridden shroom-trance… Highly intense, but in the right setting this is a classic in the making… Nicey nice!
#08: Cerebral Factory – Cerebral Factory [150 BPM]
As with the Elendil project, Cerebral Factory is a local project… It’s started during a workshop session where Vince hooked up with a couple of Swiss guys called Karash & Noon… It’s obvious that other people worked on this track, as it has a bunch of new musical influences… But basically it’s deep, dark, fast-paced Electrypnose trance… Riddled in acid-lines and constantly evolving within a framework of playful night-trance… Reminds me of Penta somehow… A great track, though maybe a tad too fast during a couple of passages…
#09: Electrypnose - Le Tireur De Ficelles [150 BPM]
Enter the puppet master – or Le Marionettiste as portrayed on the cover… And holy shit, what a track!! The tribal intro is as scary as it is hypnotizing – like an ancient, tribal version of The Delta… Add some razor-sharp electro trickery + a mean ass bassline, and you’ll get the idea… Damn, this is eeeeevil… Weird, sick and twisted… I love it! Stellar track!
#10: Electrypnose - Brain Surgery [151 BPM]
“Demons stay in Hell, huh? …Tell them that!” And if you thought that was fast, just wait until you listen to this sinister piece of devilish terror-trance… Usually I get easily bored with stuff above 150 bpm, but somehow Vince manages to make it eclectic and continuously interesting… And that’s exactly the case with this ghostly choon… Sure, it’s fast but it’s also in constant evolution, ensuring a safe passage to the netherworld… I have to be in the right mood though, to fully appreciate this… But when I am, it rocks!
#11: Electrypnose - Bas Les Masques [193 BPM]
The French worded title literally translates into ‘remove your masks’ which is the traditional saying during the end of the Venice Carnival… But apparently it also has an ambiguous meaning in French police talk, meaning something along the lines of ‘stop playing roles’. Anyway, maybe you’re wondering if I typed the wrong BPM count here. But I can assure you, I didn’t… This is in essence an atmospheric chill-out track, but due to the usage of complicated and irregular drill&bass/AFX’esque beat programming it has an incredible high count… Reminiscent of the Murmures Des Ombres track – and this is basically the most interesting chill-out track I’ve heard in ages… What an amazing way to end this remarkable album!
I hate to repeat myself, but Vince never lets me down! And this album is no exception – it’s real fucking sweet and it’s going to be a strong contender for the ‘darkpsy’ album of they year 2006. But simply calling it dark psy is not cutting it! This crosses well over into all kinds of genres, from über-dark techno, over eclectic IDM, to melodic and edgy full-power dance music! And that’s exactly what I love about it - the unique, unconformity, underground sound of Electrypnose! If there ever was rich, unique psytrance, this is it! Hooray for musical diversity!
As usual, Peak Records presents some really classy artwork – and this album looks so great on my shelf… All in all, I’ll give this album my highest recommendations… There’s an influx of awesome tracks, and even the tracks which doesn’t stand out are pretty damn solid… A safe buy for Electrypnose/Peak Records fans as well as fans of genre-bending psytrance…Enjoy!
Favourites: 1, 2, 3(!), 5, 6, 7, 9(!!), 10, 11(!)
By : Psychedelic_Mustache
Vince le Barde Aka Electrypnose has been embraced by trippers from every range of the psytrance spectre. Darktrancers, morningfreaks and chillers have all been given their piece of the pie...A solid debut on Resonantearth.com followed by numerous outstanding tracks on various compilations has caused somewhat of a buzz concerning this album...
Lets see if it delivers...
01: The Handler
A somewhat mystical melodic line opens the album together with some atmospheric sweeps and samples to create an overall eerie mood. The ambience of it all is broken after a coupple of minutes, and we head on into crazy Electrypnose trance-terretory. The mystical vibes from the intro is brought back into the mix after a while, and together with a bunle of twisted elements and melodies this makes 'The Handler' a great opening track!
02: Gidi Fake
After a robotic, rather weird intro we head straght into the nightime madness in 'Gidi Fake'. I often find the darker side of trance somewhat boring, but this is a bullet electrypnose has managed to dodge time after time, and this is no exception. Very hypnotic, yet varied - spaced out and introverted at the same time. Nice!
I really love the way Electrypnose sometime tends to build a track on emotions introduced allready in the opening seconds... Here the gentle yet strange melodies are transformed into a full-fledged assault on the senses. Do you like it dark/hard/strange/melodic/monotonus/psychedelic/emotive? If yes is the answere to two or more of the previously mentioned - this is for you!
This time around the focus is more on melody than on previous tracks. For me this is a good thing. I'd perhaps like to see some more exploration on the main theme of the track. It also feels like this track is perhaps more boring(no...less great would be more correct) than some of the other tracks here. Really, thogh - I can't complain about this stuff.
This track was originally made by someone called "elendil" - a name I can't say I'm familiar with. Here we get Electrypnoses(duh!) remix, and again, there's really not much I can do, except say that this is wicked stuff. Dark, yet heavilly melodic and severley twisted. As I've mentioned before melodies is something I appreciate, even when we move in the darker realms of music. Massive track!
06: Stupid Moods
As the tracktitle implies this is a playfull little thing. Vince fools around with the bothe the beat and the samples and it all comes out as a highly enjoyable number. We're moving on the less melodic side of things as well, but it's still varied enough to keep a solid smile on my face. NOt reall my favourite track here, but I promise you - that doesn't really say to much in this context.
No time to rest here, people! We continue with more crazy music. Layers upon layers of weird rythmic creations, melodies and samples creat a continous flow of LS-Dance'able music. A ceirtan mood is required though, and this isn't(atleast not for me) background music under any circumstances. Now dance, sucker!
08: Cerebral Factory
Cerebral factory is a track made by....Cerebral Factory! This is le Barde and two other guys (Karash/Noon), and no - I hadn't heard of the before. The music is hard, dark and acid-ridden. for me the bass here get's a little tedious and almost a little boring. Probbably because of all the great music in the rest of the album - but I find this more straight forward somehow. Would be a standout track on almost any compilation of dark psy, but for me this is perhaps the weakest link here.
09: Le Tireur de Ficelles
A flute, tribal srumming, and basically a great atmosphere opens this track. I'm instantly drawn to this hypnorythm, and when those churchbells kicks in I just get the shivers. From this point on this is pure, enthusiastic and everchanging psychedelic trance at it's finest. The sonic trickery involved here is almost undescribable - One of my favourite tracks here!
10: Brain Surgery
This track I can't really make up my mind about. I mean I can hear that this is quality stuff, it's spacey, weird and diverse, but for me it's a tad to hard...Tasts differ though, and I guess I'd love this if I was more in to the high-ended side of the bpm scale.
11: Bas les Masques
To finish of the album Electrypnose shows us what an outstanding and diverse producer he is as he lands a fantastic chill track. I had high expectations before this release, but to be hounest I'm looking even more forward to his chill-release on Ajana records later this year. And here the bar is raised a few inches more. Superb!
I guess it comes to no-ones suprise that the conclusion of it all is as follows: This is a great album! It's an album that should have rather wide appeal in psy-circles as it basically moves in a wide range of directions. A coupple of the tracks I find less exciting than the rest....That aside - If you like psychedelic trance, with an emphasis on the psychedelic part - you really, really should own this!
By : Rah
What's This About
If we stop to consider Electrypnose has been in the spotlight –for most of us- roughly since last year, starting with the release on Resonant Earth. The name has quickly escalated to a staple of quality passing through rosters in Peak, Trishula, Doof, Yage, Woodroom, Devil’s Mind, Kabrathor records and so the list goes. Where exactly did he come from? Switzerland. No I mean, where was hiding before? Most probably in the studio, working his ass off to perfect the trade up this point. This progression can be traced from the gazillion albums for download at his website up to this point. Le Tireur de Ficelles shows his best work so far, offering such an intricate level of detail you can loose yourself in haphazard fits of abstraction, paired with really coherent moments of lucidity… when he sees fit to pull the strings.
( 1 ) The nursery rhyme envelopes disturbed, puerile thoughts flashing down memory lane. Once the bridge has been lowered, a grinding orgy of distraught scratches assaults time and consciousness. It’s all mashed in a complex interaction bent on thrusting a story with unexpected turns at every corner, as to keep you guessing where is the Handler taking you. In the meantime, the rhythms blurt out a mutation of breaks and glitches in perfect unison. *
( 2 ) Gidifake is a ‘successful fusion reaction’ of fractured leads, grating the typical corroded melodies. Bass-wise it reminds of EVP, with bouncy stabs and funky edge (think ‘Digitalkin’). The progression is very entertaining all the way through, until the voice announces with both arms raised: ‘hey, buddy time to switch tunes.’ Obviously with different words, but still just as amusing. *
( 3 ) Niapo begins with a really cool set of notes before the kicks start assaulting you, with a refined meter that keeps scratching effects, coupled with the methodic clarity of a madman at work. Really funky, directionless, traversing a jag right through different themes with ease and ultimate confusion. *
( 4 ) Doesn’t B2P2 feel like a last minute name change from R2D2? Anyway, this one carries a lot more screechy content than I can normally handle. I don’t know why it has something South African about it, maybe it’s the short recurrent leads that bring out the association, truth be told I haven’t heard anything from that region in a while. The last stretch is most rewarding though and the chromatome helps it shine with the mastering.
( 5 ) The whole concept of calling a track Oz is a very ambitious endeavor in itself. It wouldn’t really come as a surprise if these two cats were neighbors. The whole thing is so well put together, starting with that line before the third minute rolls around. From that point, it just keeps upping the ante unleashing the last vestiges of sanity, seduced by the intricacies of delicate musical rhymes. How can those crungy leads make the brain fart and the neurons wallow? Shining like beacons before they blaze, exulting their last and most glorious rapture. Needless to say this one has been [on] with the repeat button for a few days now. *
( 6 ) As a perfect example of build up, Stupid Moods gently walks to more menacing scenarios with such a paced evolution, it’s a joy to listen how the distraught voices and the shrilling lines, build the final peaker from a seemingly calmed tune. *
( 7 ) In an attempt to keep things more abstract and utterly Dysfunctional, we stumble upon night time breaks with all the daftness of a machine drowning its circuits before it collapses. The poor thing seems to be communicating something in the whirlwind of tonal incoherence with little success. Is that a bad thing? Not if you’re talking about twisted music and I do believe we have reached that point in the album.
( 8 ) Brain Factory is a collaboration between some other folks called Karash, Noon and Vin’s collaborating with the intend of releasing bubbly, dangly metallic beats and more simulated errors, exploding in a timely fashion as if the compound had suddenly taken a life of its own. Creating a jumble of sounds from all those minuscule effects you don’t expect they could amount to much, but they do. The melodic factor is well disguised behind the symphony of noises and abstractions. *
( 9 ) The Cherokee war drums rumble behind a stampede of buffalos. Suddenly I’m expecting an Indian pop out from my left speaker and chop my scalp off. Shortly after, I do end up loosing part of my head when things dissolve in a trail of effects, erupting with a different noise for every note. Before we loose ourselves completely, a lead throws reality back in our face with a series of flangy tones. Le Tireur seems be enjoying dangling our ficelles on this one. *
( 10 ) Brain Surgery stands as a flutter and gnarl of insipient effects, pouring down relentlessly with a final purpose, Bio-programming. By this point though, I have grown a bit weary of the constant sonic overload of machine malfunctions and yearn for something slightly more… earth-bound.
( 11 ) Bas Les Masques in theater terms conveys the time at which actors remove their masks, and from there term has taken a connotation along the lines of ‘no more pretending now’. Music-wise it is a sort of jungle/trip hop/DnB experiment with the lower ranges muffled, on top of a beautiful sonic scenario guided by a piano. Le Barde enjoys making this particular type of melodic fusions, that don’t really depart from the beats but form a different juncture altogether. At one point or another I would like to see what could come from a less beat-oriented track to explore the ambient vein completely. He has the musical aptitude to make interesting things happen. *
And in All
Electrypnose works opening a party, in the middle, or the morning after just as well for me. There was so much great stuff to offer, the only problem I anticipated was choosing material to jam-pack the plastic. And apparently I was right, a couple tracks did not fit in the end and one can be downloaded. This shows that even though the sound does not change much from his stylistic development as the scratchy-glitchy wizard, there’s enough knack to keep the ears busy. If you are still stuck enjoying the ‘previews’, it is probably good for your music collection and your karma to swing by the store and show support. At this point, things can only keep moving forward anyway.