More wonderful and pulsing gurgles from the always-superb dreamweaver that is Troum.
“Black” offers 2 sidelong tracks (and one short epilogue) of minimalist aggression that builds towers up and tears playhouses down.
The EP illustrates Whitelodge’s exploration of quiet cosmics, both evoking psych-folk of old and more modern elements
As ever-mystical miners for a heart of electronic gold our heroes sidestep the conventions of time and space, exorcising the electroacoustic specters of Parmegianni, INA-GRM, Pierre Schaeffer, Xenakis et al.
‘Deluge’ is actually a surprising departure from previous explorations as the tones are generated by real live instruments (bass guitar, accordian & melodica) as played by a real live Menche. The rumbly counterpoint that so well defines Menche’s sensibilities is still there, but is played against, initially, a seering wall of D sharp that is built from what sounds like an extended bowing (ala Stephen Scott’s monofiliment attacks on piano interiors, but more as if conducted by Dumitrescu).
For one, the drumming is dead brilliant. It’s loose but holds together as a perfect structure for the other voices to swim around. Kind of Han Bennink-ish (Joey Baron with Masada also comes to mind) . In fact, this release would not be unusual for Incus or ICP. Is that a cello I hear being played with a fan? A prepared guitar perhaps? Is that the sound of a bow being beaten on the strings? You get the picture…or do you? The group plays around with space, music, noise and texture. Featuring 1/2 of Volcano the Bear!
Une Phongraphe Surr?aliste. “This record is full of entrails. Bravo. Bravo.”