Electrypnose

Better known in psychedelic trance circles for his darkly original dancefloor albums, Swiss artist Electrypnose has - on two occasions so far - briefly interrupted the BPM onslaught to record stunning downtempo albums. The first of these is Subliminal Melancholies (2006) - a dark, glistening and beautiful album that sounds quite unlike anything else in beats-based psychedelic chillout music.

artist:
Electrypnose

country of origin:
Sweden

style(s):
Dark psy-ambient, psyytance, ambient trance, ambient techno

decades active:
00's - 10's

essential releases:

  • Subliminal Melancholies (2006, Ajana Records)
  • Sweet Sadness (2010, Suntip Records)

Reviewed by Mike G

Better known in psychedelic trance circles for his darkly original dancefloor albums, Swiss artist Vince Le Barde aka Electrypnose has - on two occasions so far - briefly interrupted the BPM onslaught to record stunning downtempo albums.

The first of these is Subliminal Melancholies (2006) - a dark, glistening and beautiful album that sounds quite unlike anything else in beats-based psychedelic chillout music. Le Barde had already telegraphed the album's sound with "Peice Orielle", a ghostly piece of slow, trippy breakbeat that appeared on an Ajana Records compilation a few years earlier.  Subliminal Melancholies completely fulfils that track's promise. Ghostly synth chords and haunting melody lines move and morph like oil in a lava lamp, defying gravity as they glide through shadowy passages and circle under threatening skies. The mood is positively gothic at times ala early Delerium, such as "New Wave" with its doomy piano figures and unresolved chord changes. The beats are an odd and varied concoction of slow to mid-tempos influenced by breaks, techno, dub and drum'n'bass, sometimes pulled part and reconstructed with striking originality.

Electrypnose's other downtempo release is Sweet Sadness (2010). Like its predecessor, the music casts long shadows - Le Barde is rather fond of minor keys - yet it falls well short of morbid Gothic indulgence or avant-noise. Excellent melodic writing and meticulous sound design gives his twilight atmospheres the necessary colour and emotion. "A Wasp At The Fairies" sounds like a melody you might hear in a child's music box, cast against a haunting, sombre backdrop and distorted, stuttering drums. "Out There" juxtaposes a fairly uplifting melody with somewhat sinister chord changes to create an exquisite tension. Melancholy is a good thing, it seems; both Subliminal Melancholies and Sweet Sadness stand among the most original and compelling psy-ambient releases of the 2000's.

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