VITAL WEEKLY - 300 : Spherics
A new solo cd by Michel Banabila. Since his first solo album 'Marilli' from 1983 Banabila settled himself as a musician with a clear mission. In general all his projects and all the groups he participated in have everything to do with electronic ambient music with or without influences of world music, with or without a groove. 'Spherics' is no exception to this. The cd contains seven tracks with hypnotising rhytms and warm layers of ambient sounds and manipulated voices. Not many explicit influences of world music this time. Three other musicians are involved in this one : Piet Lichtveld (guitar), Jorien Muste (Violin) and Bobby (cymbal-drone). Most tracks are built up around a beat or repetitive structure that gives the music a sense of direction. There is so many electronic music around that moves from nowhere to nowhere and where it is impossible to find any sense of 'necessity' in it. Crackling and rustling sounds are always on the background as if you are listening to a bad vinyl pressing of the record. This (unintential?) debut to vinyl prevents the music from sounding very clean. Clean and unpersonal his music never is. On the contrary, his music sounds very organic. It is made with care. He has the capacity of painting with the colors of sound without using to many of them. Yes, I admit I have have always been a fan of his music. From this perspective I have to say that this cd did not contain completely unexpected moves. It's just another good album of mister Banabila (DM).