Onde Spirale Daniel Bouliane : Tagayet (CAN,2006)***
Daniel Bouliane is a composer specialised in television series music and film scores. This release offers the best conditions for such a presentation, with a home cinema feeling, presenting a dynamic sound consisting of some inspired elements reminding us of African deserts (the singing and some sand dune rhythm changes), suitable to dream away to in images. “Tagayet” also is a movie score. The word means "in the middle of nowhere", and it is a movie about a small recently built village around a new well drilled in the middle of the Sahara desert in Niger. Besides the urbanised African inspirations, there are also some nice layers of electric guitars.
Usually I do not review too easily items that tend to keep a distance from the subjects they express (like new age, most world beat exploitations, and various filmic scores), but I think Daniel Bouliane is so much involved, that even when taking a distance to the real African origins, direct contacts and any participations from source, he transforms this expression from a distance, so that it does not become like a musically colonized exploitation, but is entirely his own band’s story, with some direct references that should open up the dialogues out of the context of visualization expressions. Compared to other items of the genre, it has dynamic and colourful elements that inhabit some “progressive” move forward, because of a certain degree of musical empathy involved. Other instruments used are kalimba,.. The wordless vocal parts are African-like, in chorus, or with male or female vocals that are repeated in some variations. There are also a few more dynamic-percussive led ambient textured tracks, again with some variation.
P.S. 10% off all sales and 100% of royalties from track 10 will go to help build another well in Tagayet.