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3.59 | 41 ratings

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3 stars Heldon's most jazzy album ! Interface is one of the most often cited release from the band but is not their most accessible. Alternating long guitar driven tracks and short electronic interludes, the musicians push away the limits of electronic music and evolves from their former records. Both very different from Agneta Nilsson and Electronique Guerilla for example, and announcing partially their future masterpiece Stand By.

The "Soucouples" interludes display a mechanical hypnotic ambient theme, evolving at each track. They sound like a soundtrack for robots going crazy ! The first long tune, Jet Girl, features a dark ambient repetitive synthetizer riff dominated by tortured guitars. Whereas the first part of the song is enjoyable, the second part, down-tempo, is rather experimental and a bit chaotic. The beginning of Bal-A-Fou reminds me a little of Pink Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets. Electronic waves evolve slightly to explode in the second part in a maelstrom of electro-jazz-rock ! Very original ! At least arrives the title track Interface, of nearly 20 minutes. Featuring slow electronic superposed soundscapes with guitar imrovations, the song is firstly interesting, but does not change much trough time, becoming therfeore repetitive and boring. As a surprise, the record finishes with a small blues rock passage !

The remastered version of the album features two bonus tracks capturing Interface played live. They are far more different, evolving, frightening and inspired than the original ! I recommend this version.

Interface sounds like music coming from a degenerated robot: very original, trippy, tortured, experimental but also quite inegal. Not the best place to start with Heldon, Interface is overall a good release from this unique band, away from other electronic mainstreams. 3,5 stars !

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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