Sometimes we want to hear something different. The kind of thing we are not used to hear. Here is a surprising work with a mythical and a very tribal approach of the peoples of North America first nations. Between Worlds is a pleasant surprise which inhales the autumnal legends of the Native Americans. An album to sonorities that amaze and surprise in a world where in a meeting place where two paradoxical universes, but indeed in parallels, couple with instruments of former days and current technology. With Steve Roach collaboration on electronic effects, Deborah Martin and Erik Wøllo (two artists recognized to bring very emotional nuances to their creations) concocted a fabulous musical epic stuffed of ingenious sound effects which listens to as the wind sings towards plains, dunes and mountains. Some Indians stories told with a glittering sound dexterity.
A somber wind, hauled by tribal twinklings, open the eponymous track. Clan percussions and beautiful bass espouse the languishing rhythm which appears from it, seized by a beautiful flute which undulates with wandering on surprising singings of disappeared nation, of which the reconstruction is completely surprising.
And it is the strength of Between Worlds. Throughout this temporal journey, Martin and Wøllo leave a magnificent place to tribal sound elements which we hear with delight in western movies and stories about the Amerindians people. Titles as Between World and The Thunder and the Water feed these hypnotic paces which initiated spiritual dances and trances of the Indian sorcerers. Deep from the woods strange voices rise where we believe guessing those are breaths of spirits. Incantations are chanting on heavy biting reverberations, while hypnotic tom-tom sounds are charging Spirit Song on a bewitching cadence, where spit vipers’ cymbals, somber spiritual winds and Amerindian singings abound around a sweet ethereal guitar. A title with strong tribal essence, as we find it on A Healing Way and From Earth to the Sky. The eclectic aspect is present throughout Between Worlds. Heterogeneous elements which become entangled to heavy synthesized droning à la Roach on titles such as Anasazi and Canyonland which are close to a dark and tenebrous tribal universe.
Ancestral Whispers, Gathering At Sunrise, Distant Voices and Sunrise At Whiteriver are atonal musical pieces where the duality between the elements of a gliding space, seized with sweet synthesized stratas, stumble on Indian folkloric songs, incantations and stories of people to thousand legends.
Deborah Martin and Erik Wøllo’s Between Worlds is a beautiful musical surprise. An audacious opus which moulds pleasantly the voices and the instruments of the Native Americans to synths, programming and synthetic tones of today’s gears, not to say tomorrow, in harmonious, enchanting , and even cosmic contexts.
I got to say it’s not pure EM, nor insipid New Age. It’s simply wonderful Indian tribal music, marinated in an electronic broth. For those who want to hear something different...
- Sylvain Lupari, Guts Of Darkness