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From The Trees
17.99 Ä Ref: EX 37179


Peter HAMMILL (Royaume-Uni)
From The Trees
 

Peter HAMMILL is undeniably one of rock's cult-artists, someone that such different musicians as David BOWIE, Peter GABRIEL and FISH mention among their influences or admire. In more than forty albums (More than half of which were issued by his own label Fie ! and are exclusively distributed in France by Musea), this eclectic, prolific and honest poet musician has often been a pioneer for the various rock styles of the last thirty years: progressive rock with VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR as early as 1967, punk with "Nadir's Big Chance" in 1974, new-wave in 1980 with the K GROUP... He could also create a very peculiar poetic universe made of mediations and particularly powerful "visions". The albums issued in the late Eighties and during the following decade were marked by a constant will for change, even if the musicians that back him up are often the same ones: David JACKSON at the sax and flutes, Stuart GORDON at the violin, Manny ELIAS on drums. "Fool's Mate" is his first solo album, recorded in 1971. Then followed "Chameleon In The Shadow Of The Night" in 1973, and "Over" four years later. Issued in 1988, "In A Foreign Town" is a collection of various songs, a transition album but with his usual intensity. "Fireships" shows a soothed and serene artist, adept of great keyboards and truly beautiful melodies. "There Goes The Daylight", on the other hand, shows the concerts of the 1993 to 1995 period, some furious, electric moments, wild and impossible to describe. Recorded in 1992, the excellent rock opera "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" (Inspired by Edgar Allan POE's famous short-story) was successfully re-arranged in 1999 and has numerous famous guests (Lene LOVICH, Herbert GROENEMEYER...), a quite dark and lyrical album. "X My Heart", "Roaring Forties" and the latest "What, Now ?" (2001, an excellent year !) shows a progressive evolution towards ambitious tracks, sometimes close to the absolute reference VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR for their arrangements and intensity, and at times more intimate and meditative ("None Of The Above"). In order to present a complete overview of his works, Peter HAMMILL gives us a new compilation "The Thin Man Sings Ballads". This album includes twelve tracks that cover the period from 1982 to 2001, with tracks from nine albums, such as "Fireships" and "Everyone You Hold" or the recent "What, Now ?". And then "Clutch" (2002) arrives for us... The first thought that comes to mind is that it's a meticulous job ! Once more shall we say. Here is again the former leader of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR playing his usual music, alone with his acoustic guitar and his deeply emotive lyrics. And in order to fill the sound space, this artist decided to add elegant lute parts. Stuart GORDON (Violin) and David JACKSON (Saxophone & flute) are also present on some tracks. There's no doubt about the fact that this major work will enthuse us. This is not surprising though, from one of the most emotive voices in the musical world of the last three decades... Parallel to the much awaited VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR reunion, his solo carreer still goes on, only interrupted for a few months by a heart attack. Recorded in the year 2009, "Thin Air" is nothing else than the Thin Man's thirty-first album ! On his own with this voice and his array of instruments, he delivers nine original tracks here, that sometimes might drive the nostalgics of "A Black Box" (1983) to tears. Excellent !

Peter HAMMILL est incontestablement l'un des "artistes-culte" du monde du rock, que des musiciens aussi divers que David BOWIE, Peter GABRIEL ou FISH citent comme influence ou objet d'admiration. En plus de quarante albums (Dont plus de la moiti√© √©dit√©s par son propre label Fie !, distribu√©s en exclusivit√© fran√ßaise par Musea.), le po√®te-musicien aussi √©clectique qu'int√®gre et prolifique a visit√©, souvent avant leur heure, les divers courants du rock de ces trente derni√®res ann√©es: le rock Progressif avec VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR d√®s 1967, le punk avant l'heure avec "Nadir's Big Chance" en 1974, la new-wave d√®s 1980 avec le K GROUP... Il a su par ailleurs se cr√©er un univers po√©tique tr√®s particulier, fait de m√©ditations et de "visions" d'une force peu commune. Les albums de la fin des ann√©es quatre-vingts et de la d√©cennie suivante sont marqu√©s par une constante volont√© de renouvellement, m√™me si le choix des musiciens qui l'accompagnent est souvent le m√™me: David JACKSON au saxophone et aux fl√Ľtes, Stuart GORDON au violon, Manny ELIAS √† la batterie... "Fool's Mate" est son premier album en solitaire, originellement enregistr√© en 1971. Suivront "Chameleon In The Shadow Of The Night" en 1973, et "Over" quatre ans plus tard. Paru en 1988, "In A Foreign Town" est une collection de chansons diverses, un album de transition mais d'une intensit√© toujours pr√©sente. "Fireships" montre un artiste apais√© et serein, adepte d'amples nappes de claviers et de m√©lodies d'une grande beaut√©. "There Goes The Daylight", au contraire, montre ce qu'√©taient les concerts de la p√©riode 1993 √† 1995, des moments de fureur √©lectrique d√©cha√ģn√©e et indescriptible. Enregistr√© en 1992, l'excellentissime op√©ra-rock "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" (Inspir√© de la fameuse nouvelle d'Edgar-Allan POE) a √©t√© r√©arrang√© avec bonheur en 1999, et dispose d'une pl√©iade d'invit√©s de marque (Lene LOVICH, Herbert GR√ĖNEMEYER...), une oeuvre d'une noirceur et d'un lyrisme hors du commun. "X My Heart", "Roaring Forties", ou le petit dernier "What, Now ?" (2001, une excellente cuv√©e !) montrent une √©volution progressive vers des pi√®ces ambitieuses, parfois proches par leurs arrangements et leur intensit√© de la r√©f√©rence absolue VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, parfois plus intimistes et m√©ditatives ("None Of The Above"). Afin de pr√©senter un panorama exhaustif de ses travaux, Peter HAMMILL nous propose aujourd'hui la compilation "The Thin Man Sings Ballads". Cette rondelle contient douze titres couvrant la p√©riode allant de 1982 √† 2001, extraits de neuf albums tels "Fireships" & "Everyone You Hold", ou le r√©cent "What, Now ?". Voici que "Clutch" (2002) d√©barque sur nos platines... Une premi√®re constatation s'impose: il s'agit l√† d'un travail d'orf√®vre ! Une fois de plus, serait-on tent√©s de dire. L'on retrouve √† nouveau l'ancien mentor de VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR √©gal √† lui-m√™me, seul face √† sa guitare acoustique et ses textes d√©chirants. Soucieux de meubler l'espace sonore, l'artiste a choisi de compl√©ter sa palette instrumentale par l'adjonction d'√©l√©gantes parties de luth. L'on peut √©galement entendre les interventions judicieuses des fid√®les Stuart GORDON (Violon) et David JACKSON (Saxophone & fl√Ľte), au d√©tour de certaines plages. Il ne fait aucun doute sur le fait que cette oeuvre majeure nous laissera une fois de plus sans voix. Rien d'√©tonnant, face √† l'une des voix les plus √©mouvantes de toute la production musicale de ces trois derni√®res d√©cennies... "Incoherence" (2004) comprend une unique plage √©ponyme de 41 minutes (Divis√©e en quatorze cycles). Celle-ci voit la participation des complices de toujours, Stuart GORDON (Violon) et David JACKSON (Fl√Ľte & saxophone). La musique alterne entre exp√©rimentations d√©brid√©es et orchestrations savantes, destin√©es √† illustrer nos difficult√©s de communication, le tout avec un savoir-faire et une personnalit√© r√©ellement uniques ! Un √©v√©nement incontournable... Parall√®lement √† la tant attendue reformation de VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, sa carri√®re en solitaire ne faiblit pas, √† peine interrompue par une crise cardiaque qui l'a √©loign√© un temps de la sc√®ne musicale. Enregistr√© en l'an 2009, "Thin Air" est d√©j√† le trente-et-uni√®me album du Thin Man ! Seul avec sa voix et sa panoplie d'instruments, il nous d√©livre neuf compositions originales, qui pourront par moments rappeler aux nostalgiques l'album "A Black Box" (1983). Excellent !