Frank Van Bogaert : Colours

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Sell date: 2/2009
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 Notes & Reviews
Recorded and mixed at Ace Studio in Belgium, between March and August 1997. Produced, composed, arranged and engineered by Frank Van Bogaert. Mastered by Alan Ward at Electric City, Brussels. Sleeve design by Kris Van Bogaert. With help from: Pyke - vocals on 'Green' Nick - child vocals on 'Green' Martin King for capturing some Siberian Indians on 'Indigo' & 'Violet' Sientje - vocals on 'Green'. Frank van Bogaert is a Belgian composer, musician and producer who already has a long career behind him. He is much at home in a great amount of musical disciplines like synthipop, straight-forward popmusic, filmmusic and pure electronic music. In his own music (now already on 4 CD's), this diversity can also be heard very well. In 1997 Frank started working on his first soloalbum. On this album, he intended each piece to be 'no more than musical paintings', capturing the colours of the titles. Though, the album is also called 'Colours'. Frank is heavily influenced by Vangelis but also by the world-music style of artists like Enigma and Deep Forest. Where his later albums lean more toward a combination between this influences, 'Colours' is aimed very firmly at the Enigma/Deep Forest market and is easily of the same quality of production and depth of composition of these more famous acts. Every track on 'Colours' describes a certain colour. As every colour is different, the tracks on 'Colours' are also different from each other. From uptempo technobeats ('Amber', 'Red', 'White'), Native American tribal music and chants ('Indigo', 'Grey'), sequences over a straightforward 4/4 drum pattern ('Blue'), gentle pop pieces ('Red', 'Violet'), modern dancemusic ('Black') and also some ambientpassages ('Brown'). All these pieces reflects the many talents of Frank van Bogaert, now available as a re-release on Groove Unlimited. 2004. Paul Rijkens In the promotional blurb for this CD it said that it was a unique fusion of Deep Forest, Enigma and Vangelis. True? Well partly, I can't hear too much Vangelis but the other two comparisons are accurate to a certain degree. I wouldn't call anything about the album particularly unique, but so what. I could bring out an album of some very unique stuff but I doubt anyone would want to buy it, unless you hate your neighbours that is. What we have here is a very enjoyable, well produced collection of mainly up tempo pieces in the 90s tradition with some vocal samples / chants thrown in at just the right time. 'Amber' is one of the best tracks here and kicks the album off beautifully, straight into a rhythm which takes no prisoners. A sequence bubbles away accompanied by very fine melodies, the occasional bass rumble / explosion adding to the excitement. 'Green' continues the formula but adds a really nice twist in introducing a vocal sample which provides the melody but then a young child copies the sample. OK so it is a bit sweet but honestly it works very well, unless I am becoming a sentimental old sod in my old age that is. The rest of the tracks follow the same formula, catchy rhythms and superb melodies with vocal samples used to provide colour. This winning combination makes it the ideal CD to play to your friends to get them into EM as it is the sort of album almost everyone will like, even an old retro freak like me. Music to veg out to. DL Groove has been reissuing a fair number of classics lately. Colours was Frank Van Bogaert's first CD, and it is the only one that, up to now, I had not heard. Without having gone further than the opening track 'Amber', I can tell I've been missing something. It's like Jarre on speed infused with a touch of techno, this really cooks, full of energy and fun. The bouncy midtempo 'Green' is equally good, although the vocals in the middle put me off some. Xylophone plinks along in 'Blue'. 'Indigo' is very pop sounding, but there is a fair amount of chanting and other wordless vocals to lend an ethnic flavor. Rhythms are exceptional throughout, as evident on 'Red', with a pounding beat that is a perfect hybrid between tribal and rock. 'Grey' has a cool synthetic, rob