Автор: Argentum | 29 августа 2011 | Просмотров: 1505Mp3
Artist: O Quam Tristis Album: Méditations Ultimes Genre: Medieval Folk | Darkwave Origin: France Quality info: mp3 320 kbps Size: 136 mb ===============
1. Benedicimus te (03:26) 2. O langueo (04:47) 3. Non eripit mortalia (04:23) 4. Anno, mense, die (05:18) 5. Et in spiritum Cubum (03:35) 6. Ipsa vivere (05:16) 7. Quoniam tu solus (04:29) 8. Terrae (04:25) 9. Jube Domine Benedicere (03:45) 10. In senectute querula (03:48) 11. Confiteor (05:52) 12. Philistei (04:38) 13. Ad esse infernum (04:08) 14. Creator (04:16)
'When medieval music comes to mind images of dusty churches and Gregorian chants instantly spring into the imagination. Personally I have a penchant for medieval instrumentation though I have often found the vocals and lyricism used by many medieval musicians to be overbearingly liturgical as they often invoke images of Christian religious ceremonies taking place under the vaulted ceilings of ancient European cathedrals. For the last decade the neoclassical music genre has been experiencing a small renaissance of Neo-Medieval music led by artists inspired by the music and culture of the middle ages. Musicians such as O Quam Tristis and The Soil bleeds Black have been working hard to bring an appreciation of medieval inspired music into our modern age.
O Quam Tristis has entered this emerging music arena and firmly established themselves. This French ensemble comprised of five talented French musicians and vocalists have quickly made a name for themselves by offering listeners medieval inspired music that detours from the standard. Meditations Ultimes is O Quam Tristis third full length album and it sees the band coming to full maturity. Meditations Ultimes brings together fourteen medieval secular, liturgical and poetry inspired tracks in a very long album that is sure to satiate even the most demanding music listener.
If O Quam Tristis simply regurgitated a handful of medieval liturgical songs I would not be writing this review right now. What makes the music of O Quam Tristis inspiring and engaging is the band reworking of original medieval material. Utilizing modern technology and their own unique creative sensibilities O Quam Tristis transforms the dated material they use for inspiration into modern compositions filled with new life and vitality. From the ashes of the past the band is able to coax forth fiery and festive compositions created from a melding of modern and medieval influences.
Meditations Ultimes begins with the introductory song “Benedicimus Te.” “Benedicimus Te” commences with crisp acoustic guitar and heavenly female vocals suing in Latin. The combination of vocals and guitars is expertly paired. After a brief passage bass guitar and violin join the composition accompanied by male vocals and backing female vocals. The song becomes dense with vocals and instrumentation that weave and intertwine flawlessly captivating the listener. The song transforms through moments of density to moments of open and airy instrumentation and solo singing allowing for a sense of development and a pause between denser moments in the composition. “Benedicimus Te” reflects a particularly high level of compositional twists and turns that keeps the music engaging throughout the song.
“Quoniam tu Solus” is the seventh song on Meditations Ultimes and it marks the middle pointy of the album. “Quoniam tu Solus” is an exemplary example of how O Quam Tristis uses acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics in harmony without losing the sacral and medieval character of their music. “Quoniam tu Solus” starts with an enunciated electronic beat that borrows its influence from modern dance music with a hint of break beat influence. The rhythms are crisp and clean and roll out of the speakers with enthusiasm and precision. Synthesizers and bass guitar join the electronic rhythms contributing a rock and liturgical feeling to the composition. Female vocals descend upon the song interweaving and wavering in a spell binding chant. Male vocals join the music adding a counter balance to the feminine energy of the female vocalists and flushing out the song. As with previous songs the band moves the music through several different movements and passages holding the listeners interest and adding an element of intrigue as the listener waits to see what emerges next from the delicate maelstrom of music and chanting.
“Creator” is the fourteenth and final song to grace Meditations Ultimes. O Quam Tristis leaves the biggest surprise for the last song. “Creator” delves more deeply into rock influences than previous songs and at times the drums and tambourine invoke images of a late sixties American hippie rock bands. Of course the Latin chanting keeps the listener aware that this is no hippie band but rather the ever eclectic sound of O Quam Tristis.
O Quam Tristis have proven themselves proficient in hybridizing rock, electronic, and medieval music into an innovative new sound that breathes life back into medieval music and manuscripts while simultaneously making scared the rather soulless domains of rock and electronic music. O Quam Tristis also excels in delivering outstanding vocal performances that accompany their music. So many Neo-Medieval bands rely solely upon lead female vocals that any given album loses the listeners interest after a handful of songs delivered by enchanting yet redundant female vocalists. O Quam Tristis has overcome this vocal obstacle by layering their song with multiple vocalists and utilizing the dynamics of feminine and masculine vocals in such a manner that inspires the listener and creates motivation and excitement. O Quam Tristis have mastered their art with Meditations Ultimes and have delivered an eloquent album of inspiring music.'