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2.76 | 12 ratings

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2 stars A loosely constructed album which has a mysterious sound to it. This can safely be classed under RIO. The guitars are twisted in such a way that they occasionally start sounding like violins and cellos. The drums are quite chaotic and the bass is very jazz-like.

Probably a bit too avant-garde for most listeners. 'Chantarelle' opens the album with a multitude of scrapes, squiggly keyboards and creepy female vocals which rapidly turns into a 'Henry Cow' performance. Other than the first minutes, it's an entirely instrumental affair.

Long term pals, Viaud (guitars), Rousseau (percussion) and Demouron (bass), recorded this whole album in just four days - and it shows. It's as rough as a badgers ass around the edges and sounds a bit messy.

The last few minutes of 'Rue Alice' are pretty good, with lots of spooky electric slide guitar creating a reasonably frightening atmosphere. The title track continues in this vein which lifts the overall rating.

The bonus tracks at the end are mostly live versions of what you've just heard and don't really contribute very much. I'm surprised to find myself quite bored by this but still, it's better than their first album on 'Pole' records.

A noisy and tuneless album which I don't really have the patience for.

My chimney's clogged.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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