The Tower Tree – new album – Transposing

The Tower Tree – Transposing

Album review by Joost Egelie 30/11/

Before me lies “Transposing”, the first album of the new group The Tower Tree ‘.

A classic jewel case, with cover design by Alain Kinet, and mastered by Dries De Vreeze.

The Tower Tree presented this album live at the B – Wave festival in a great show of light music and video. The Tower Tree are Didier Dewachtere aka BySenses and Johan De Paepe aka Owan.

The videos by Alain Kinet are not just supportive to the music, they were part of the adventure through time and imagination painted upon the canvas of the listener/ Experiencer.

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A track by track tear – down:

The Tree ………………………………………… 9:40

What instantly grabbed me as the listener, is the strange voices in the intro. They tell of a tale I could not understand – yet. But they lead me by the hand into the undiscovered world under The Tree.

Immediately when I stepped into that realm, some very nice sequences and an upbeat exotic drum surprised me. There is a certain dance in the flow of the composition, it swirls – it leaves you and it comes back to you.

Never boring, this piece will certainly unveil new mysteries each time heard.

A word that you will keep seeing me using: ‘ Organic’. This is living music.

 

Transposing Mind  …………….…………..…18.47

After the wild adventure beyond The Tree, I find myself in calmer waters in Transposing Mind. Again, a fabulous intro that tickle the imagination. This piece is also the longest track of the album. A dark mixture of whispers and choirs lure you to darker surroundings you wouldn’t dare to enter on your own: the mind…

Slowly but steadily build towards an immense and vast wall of sound. A swampy rhytm keeps you up to pace with the melodies. This piece is in conversation with the listener; it holds a tale, but your mind is the narrator.

Let me try to capture the feeling this track bestows: Beige and saffron colours under a burning sun, smell of exotic spices like cinnamon and cardamom, pal trees far away.

But be aware – there is a turning point. Suddenly it all doesn’t seem so romantic anymore. Though the melody stays the same, the music gets spikes, there is a shadow interwoven.

All an all, this track doesn’t sound artificial – it doesn’t even feel electronic. It feels Organic, breathing, it left me with questions: ‘Where am I..? Who am I..?? Am I ..??

 

The Tower ………….…………….………….….. 13:48

Puzzled back into perspective by the next track, the more lucid sequences weave another pattern. There is a careful use of echo here – subtile, but very unique. The thythm is notoriously inviting.

It hints threats, and indeed – The Tower Tree is again building something colossal here. There is no escape, you’re trapped by rock hard sequences and (I’m running out of superlatives) humongous pads !

And yet when I think this is just a transition, they turn this huge sound wall into a lasting track. And yes !! it tastes like more.

Just when I think the track can’t get any more ruthless, it pulls another trick, by retreating and leaving me standing there. As luck would have it I find comfort in the smoothing ambient strings that weave the outro.

 

One day we will walk together ………………8:44

I think this track could have been born in a cathedral. There is choir – like pads, and the very melodious chords have a certain mystical glow over them.

It is a beautiful composition in the true meaning of that word (Latin: con = together; ponere = to place)

Very unlike the other tracks, but in every aspect at least equally great.

The track can also be found on Owann’s album ‘Particles’

 

Destination Unknown ………………………. 12:15

This track is the very first collaboration between BySenses and Owann under the name “The Tower Tree” and ended up the BySenses album ‘Frigments Fragments’ ( 2014 ) because at that time there were no plans for making a Tower tree album

Indeed, this is an adaptation for live performance which resulted in a slightly shorter but overall thicker, greater, more evolved musical experience.

The Tower Tree revisited this music in their typical way. The made it even more organic (yes, there is that word again!) than it already was.

The intro is very orchestral and with a firm voice demands to be a soundtrack (which, thanks to Alain Kinet, it eventually became).

A very, very s trong sequence enters. Razor strings that could cut steel fill up into a harmonic building up to a moment where modulation starts.

All of a sudden the music chills down, masked in little schoolgirl – like behavior.

When you least expect it – it returns, but not in full force like what I braced for.

There are various aspects in this track, and they come and they go – but they all typically describe the feeling of the title “where are we going?”.. Destination Unknown. It is the task of the listener to find that out – and upon each listen, more possible destinations become visible.

 

Conclusion

By far, I cannot but conclude that this debut album of The Tower Tree is an unfathomable deep and rich story of a complete newly created world.

Opening the jewel case is like opening a gem box; in it lie 5 shiny colourful gems each with their own history, present and future. And what’s more: they’re breathing, pulsating with a heart- beat, and yearning to tell their stories.

I sincerely hope to hear more of this soon, but I can imagine that Johan and Didier have put the threshold way up high now. It will be hard to top that masterpiece.

 

Joost.

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