After a hiatus of several years, French synthesist Joël Bernard (aka Awenson) returns to the scene with “Hope”, a 67-minute album of cosmic electronic music with an undeniable “French” twist combined with Berlin School characteristics.
The latter applies to the sequencers accompanying the occasional solo voices, warm synth pads and brief parts with abstract sound effects on the five lengthy tracks. Still, Awenson’s approach and sound design remain different and moves slightly out of the ordinary on various places. The energetic “Fly High” makes a highly interesting listen as Joël merges the style of Spyra, Kraftwerk and vintage style spherics while the final track “Opheus” is my personal favourite due its emotive impact as well as expert layering of freeform soundscape textures. Welcome back, Joël.
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