MARIUSZ DUDA

(POLAND)

AFR AI D

(2023)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Electro, Instrumental
"Terribly repetitive, "Afr Aid D" is above all to be discovered for the quality of its production and the work done on the electronics."
TONYB (14.11.2023)  
2/5
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We won't insult our readers, loyal or otherwise, by introducing Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda, who, in parallel with the band's adventure and his other project Lunatic Soul, has begun a series of solo albums under his own name, in an electronic style light years away from the muscular progressive that made him famous. For this fourth all-instrumental solo release, our bassist has declared that he was inspired by Mike Oldfield, embellishing the electro present on his three predecessors with luminous guitar, declining a concept around the arrival of Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives.

The album opens with a track strongly evocative of Tangerine Dream, and in particular of the album "Ricochet", with a bouncing syncopated rhythm that sets an ominous mood. The structure of the following tracks is more or less identical, with a short gimmick-like theme that is repeated throughout the track, over which guitar or piano embroidery is added. 'Good Morning Fearmongering' plays with sound, without any real melody or particular effect on the distribution of sound between the ears, whereas 'Fake Me Deep, Murf' is embellished with guitar flourishes, in a similar style to 'Bot's Party', in which the repetitive theme is produced by the bass, before the keyboards and then the guitar come back to embroider over it. Repetition can also be provided on the piano in the form of arpeggios ('I Love to Chat With you') and, more surprisingly, directly by a rhythm proposed by a timpani emulation ('Why so Serious, Cassandra').

In the end, only 'Embracing the Unknown' leaves the beaten track, with a Massive Attack-style bass and an ambience that builds a little as the minutes go by, with some rather discreet guitar lines. As for finding any similarity with Mike Oldfield as presented by its author, that's a step we wouldn't dare take.

Terribly repetitive, "Afr Aid D" is worth discovering for the quality of its production and the work done on the electronics. But its terribly repetitive side will act as a definite deterrent to making it a bedside album beyond a few listens.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Taming Nightmares - 7:20
02. Good Morning Fearmongering - 5:14
03. Fake Me Deep, Murf - 4:48
04. Bots’ Party - 5:00
05. I Love To Chat With You - 3:43
06. Why So Serious, Cassandra? - 4:56
07. Mid Journey To Freedom - 3:08
08. Embracing The Unknown - 7:59

LINEUP:
Mariusz Duda: Chant / Claviers / Batterie
Mateusz Owczarek: Guitares
   
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CRIMSON MOJITO
15/11/2023
 
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@tonyb : OK je suis encore plus curieux d'écouter
TORPEDO
15/11/2023
  0
Dommage effectivement qu'il n'y ait pas plus de variations.
TONYB
15/11/2023
  1
@crimson mojito : si tu relis ma chronique, je ne dis pas que la qualité n'est pas bonne. Simplement, pour ce qui me concerne, l'électronique oui, mais sans mélodie de qualité, c'est de peu d'intérêt d'où l'ennui qui arrive rapidement à l'écoute de cette galette.
CRIMSON MOJITO
14/11/2023
 
23
1
Cette note paraît bien sévère !
Les singles avaient l'air de présager vraiment du très bon (bien mieux que ses 2 précédents)
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