Recollection by Twilight in VersaillesRelease date: February 22, 2022
Ryan Moser has done it again with his musical project Twilight in Versailles. He takes it a step further with its latest release, Recollection. It’s quite a dark, ambient sound that is like looking through your own childhood. Learning through the past, the present, and where do you go from here in the future. Moser has proven himself that he’s more than a filmmaker, but opening up one door to another.
Recollection is the opposite. With two film scores (Suicide the Ripple Effect, Farm Days), and I believe there are seven full-length studio albums in the can along with an 80-minute composition entitled ‘Möbius’, which would later be championed by Adriana Ciccone. Moser is a true innovator.
From its blaring sun-rising opener ‘You can feel the air’ it has these orchestral string sections setting up the dawn sequences for a new day to begin followed by some haunting guitar and horn sections to walk towards the death valley with backward arrangements on ‘There is No Inside Outside’. Moser himself gives listeners a glimpse on what is happening in the chaos below.
He has some strong patterns between Jack Nitzsche’s film score to the 1970 controversial British cult classic Performance, to elements of Eduard Artemyev, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis. It’s quite a surprise to see what is going on behind closed doors on Recollection.
But there’s the jazzy segments that come to mind. With ‘Everything Is One’, he brings the horn section in front as they walk into this mournful deserted ghost town, not knowing what will happen next.
It gets even darker as the grey clouds come pulling in. Both ‘Prisms and Rays’ and ‘If You Cannot See It You Will Never Know’ are like something straight out of a collaboration between Edgar Froese and the Low sessions from David Bowie. You feel the themes of isolation on the fourth track.
Church organs, mellotron cellos, swirling synths, and guitars combining as one, the walls are shut tight with no hope to escape of this prison you’re stuck in by the controlling government. The eighth track is a menacing nightmare.
You hear the foghorn-sque sounds, keyboards setting up this dark ‘Moonlight Sonata’ approach to watch the clock ticking rapidly as the days, weeks, months, and years go by like crazy. It startles you because there’s a strong vibration around the pumping beats hitting the walls, one by one.
Powerful, strong, immense, and deep, Moser brings the finest alternate movie to life. Like a visionary silver screen right in front of you, Twilight in Versailles’ Recollection is a journey into madness. If you haven’t heard Moser’s music, this album is the perfect starter to get you going.