The airtight experimental label Constellation continues to fly off the walls with their genres by enlisting Avec Le Soliel Sortant De Sa Bouche, a group based around the vocalist and bass player Jean-Sebastien Truchy, who used to make music with the abstract post-rock band Fly Pan Am. Now, he likes to make funky kraut rock, and the exuberant 'Zubberdust!' is the result.
Vinyl LP £18.99 CST106LP
180g vinyl LP + art print poster on Constellation.
- Includes download code
CD £11.99 CST106CD
CD on Constellation in recycled gatefold paperboard jacket.
Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, according to google translate, means "With The Sun In Her Mouth Outgoing"...I guess transposed into proper English it probably means "With The Sun Shining Out Of Her Mouth". Constellation seemed to go off the boil for a while, with most of their interesting contributions coming from already well-trusted faces like Silver Mount Zion or Do Make Say Think, but lately they've been throwing out a string of surprising and excellent debuts from newcomers like Ought and Last Ex, of which Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche are the latest.
Not that these faces are necessarily unfamiliar. Led by Fly Pan-Am's Jean-Sebastien Truchy, the press release describes this quartet as a "kraut-funk supergroup" but their style is really a bit harder to pin down than that. Working from a base of primitive repetition, the quartet build up intricate and precise multi-layered groove, multi-movement groove workouts which make up the two lengthy tracks here - subdivided into ten sections on the CD version - throwing in influences that span noise rock, post-post-rock groovers like Battles and Thank You, '70s and '80s synths, Afrobeat, Heliocentrics-ish avant-funk, hazy field recorded ambience, wordless choral harmonies, operatic crooning and even some seething death metal snarls and screams.
It's such a dizzy mess of things that despite several listens I still feel like I'm getting my head around it, but there's always a Warm Digits-ish pulsating warmth propelling it all that makes it an indulgently enjoyable listen throughout. If I didn't have so much to write about I'd listen to it again right now.
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