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Ligand by MARTIN NONSTATIC

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    An electrifying stratosphere of vibrant realms and enchanting tonalities evolves with every breath of Martin Nonstatic’s hand-crafted synthscapes. Gently progressing into a dubby waterfall of mind-massaging oscillations, Ligand is an ambient downpour of dramatic euphoria. Dark, yet soulful minimalism is engraved within the atmospheric frequencies that paint its melancholy walls, a downtempo outcry of distant, mechanical pads and dystopian melodies crawling against an auditory horizon. The experience is an emotional voyage ; it takes us on a captivating journey into a faraway dimension without ever having to leave earth. It feels like a second home, and we invite you through its welcoming doors to explore a brand new world.
    Track Listings:
    1. Innermost Structure 05:36
    2. Outermost Structure 08:44
    3. Parabolic View 04:37
    4. Variegation 06:52
    5. Harmonices Mundi 08:21
    6. Methodical Random 09:07
    7. Ligand 07:04
    8. Trochilidae 06:48
    9. Parallel Thoughts 05:26
    10. Kepler's Laws 07:22
    11. Dendrictic Ice 06:41
    Artist Name(s):
    Written, arranged, produced and mixed by Martin Van Rossum.
    Release Year: 2017
    Style:
    Synth-Pop, Techno
    Album Type:
    Studio
    Formats:
    Compact Disc, Digital / Download
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Arnaud Galoppe & Vincent Villuis.
    Mastering: Vincent Villuis & Vladislav Isaev at Ultimae Studios.
    Liscense:
    Copyright
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Ultimae
    Catalog Number(s):
    Inre092
    Location:
    Lyon, France
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Sylvain Lupari

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A distant shadow whistling like a hollow breeze, hoops which spread layers of echoes, bubbles of white noises which burst and a cadaveric pulsation of a bass which tries to create a rhythm; "Innermost Structure" dips us back into this universe of soft rhythms and surrealist ambiences which had structured the main part of the last studio album from Martin Nonstatic, Granite released on the Lyonnais label Ultimae Records in 2015. And contrary to his nom de plume, Martin van Rossum proposes on “Ligand” another universe where the stasis of elements and of the white noises saturate structures where the rhythms try to hatch out from these embryos frozen in the oblivion. And "Innermost Structure" sets the tone with a movement of rhythm which pounds without exploding in a decoration where those white noises, some floating synth layers, nice percussive effects and the eternal reverberations oblige the new born rhythm to dance with its harmonious reflects. Built upon a mosaic which flirts with the 80 minutes, the music of “Ligand” is stigmatized with a fascinating paternity between each title. "Outermost Structure" seizes of finale of "Innermost Structure" for finally proposed a good mid-tempo splendidly decorated with percussive effects besides the usual Martin Nonstatic's sound fauna. It makes a title inspired and inspiring for these dances of Zombies gassed with ether. Effects of voices, layers of waters which crash between our ears, resounding sound arcs and an evasive melody add to the impressive sound flora of this album the elements of charms which give some more of depth to the very stylized psybient model of Martin van Rossum. "Parabolic View" is more in mode waiting and ambient, even with a harmonious structure raised on good impulses of sequences. Between rhythms and atmospheric variations, "Variegation" does rather futuristic. The setting is adorned of the reverberating effects from the bass line and good percussions metallized of sonic honey. A suspended drizzle cheers up the vibes with explosions of sizzling bubbles in this short title which offers after all some nice bumpy phases of rhythms.

"Harmonices Mundi" is my real first crush in this “Ligand”. After a rather long introduction of ambiospherical extraterrestrial elements, a good structure of harmonious sequences draws a spheroidal approach on which get grafted a nice fluty shadow. The strong presence of this beast with a bass draws its reverberating effects while the scenery of ambient elements gets out from a sonic horn of plenty in order to feast around this so harmonious and danceable rhythm. We enter in the 2nd phase of this Martin Nonstatic's last album with "Methodical Random" and the title-track. Two tracks which blow incomplete rhythms in always phantasmagorical moods, where absent voices and organic effects always enrich the DNA of “Ligand”. "Trochilidae" is another catchy piece of music which proposes a nice down-tempo which is haloed of melancholy. A melancholy twisted by a piano as evanescent as tenderly poignant. The music is interrupted as much as the phases of rhythms. And here, it's a good spiral movement of the sequencer which connects ambiences and down-tempo. The bass pulsations, as it's all over the 80 minutes of this album, throws a resonance effect into our spinal bones and makes vibrate our soul. In this album where each title inhales the perfumes of the last one, Martin Nonstatic succeeded to amaze with new elements. As in "Parallel Thoughts" and its guitar riffs which appear from nowhere to make turn pale, although it's only for a short moment, the impressive sound fauna here. Always between brief phases of rhythms and these dense sound magmas blown by a mortuary bass, "Kepler's Laws" succeeds to wake up our waits with a strong layer of a vampiric bass which roams over a growing rhythm aborted in a high wall of ambiences. And "Dendrictic Ice" ends this last odyssey started in the imagination of Martin van Rossum with more strength and din in the phases of rhythm which rather seem to make laugh a layer of mocking bass.

In a sound decoration simply galvanizing for the ears never full of sound delights, “Ligand” hits the jackpot! On the other hand, the constant struggling of the structures of rhythms and the amplification of the atmospheric phases will ask for some listening before really appreciate the complexity of this last Martin Nonstatic's album. And when it's done, we are entitled to hope for some very big things from this artist among whom the curiosity and the sound research should inevitably be transformed into works as much impressive as the biggest albums of this label of which the sound and the artistic aestheticism meet brilliantly the challenges that it's impose to itself.

Sylvain Lupari (December 13th, 2017) *** ½**

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