Boomkat Product Review:
The standard of this current batch of Root Strata cassettes is dizzyingly high. This album-length outing from Montreal-based musician Roger Tellier-Craig arrives in the same week as a host of fine tapes, including something of a classic in the shape of Keith Fullerton Whitman's imperious Generator. As with the Whitman release, Motion Flares worships at the altar of the analogue synthesizer, but rather than take Whitman's more methodical and studious approach, Le Révélateur channels the spirit of all things kosmische, spinning hugely impressive and addictively melodic compositions from circuitry that sounds like its been plucked straight out of Düsseldorf circa 1971. Clearly Tellier-Craig is no fly-by-night kosmische revivalist: these four pieces are masterfully accomplished works, both in terms of the ingenious array of sounds on show and the complex, modal harmonies he puts to use. The first piece, 'Arco Naturale' shows his contemporaries how it's done, laying down a bed of swirling, shimmering tonality that slowly accumulates form and rhythmic structure, evolving into a pulsating, summery affair that would make any of Le Révélateur's krautrock forefathers proud. The remaining three pieces delve deeper using this same compositional formula, with 'Statues' offering the album's most concise and most propulsive moment, while 'During Different Flights' and 'Le Bleu Des Origines' aren't dissimilar to Emeralds' most heavily arpeggiated and layered work, though there's certainly a more reverently retro tone on show here than anything in the Elliott, Hauschildt and McGuire corpus. Fans of all things descended from Tangerine Dream and Cluster are sure to find much to appreciate on Motion Flares.