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- Travel Expop Series #1 : France by Various
8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 December 2011
This is the first in a series on Ruralfaune in which they try to educate us in the finer futurepop types from far-flung reaches of the globe such as France. For the uninitiated, Wikipedia describes France as “a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans.” It's a big country over the sea with an occasionally good football team, basically. On the first side we've got a couple of acts who I'm already a little aware of from their previous recordings for Not Not Fun - Holy Strays and Cankun. Holy Strays offer up a couple of tracks of ghostly instrumental electropop with thudding beats and wistful little synth melodies that sound totally great, before Cankun throw out something a little more cosmic and relaxing but still keeping a consistent floaty vibe continuing through this side. On the flip we've got a couple of tracks from Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier that continue on the dreamy post-dub chill-out pop tip, but this is more straight dubby minimal than the cosmic atmospheres of Cankun. There's some mega-reverbed vocals that give it a slight claustrophobic feel, like you're trapped in a big long tunnel and there's people coming after you. Their second song has similar atmospherics but is more rumbly and minimal. Then to close things off we've got a single track from Voodoo Mount Sister, a collaboration between Chicaloyoh and Norman Towers' fave new age weirdo High Wolf. They drop a slab of dense and glacial droney post-dub that's probably the pick of the entire record for me. A delightfully meditative piece that comes across like a Deathprod remix of Sun Araw, with an insistent bassline over all sorts of muffled whines and rumbles. An excellent end to a solid mix. If you're curious for a taste of French minimal post-pop this'd make a great starting point.
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