The identity of Domenique Dumont seems to be unknown and/or uncertain, but it doesn’t much matter when the music is as compelling as the material on Comme Ca manages to be. Odd-pop for sunny evenings is the name of the game, the cheap keys and beats submerged in a quantity of dub reverb. Nice. LP on Antinote.
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This music sounds the way blowing bubbles does: you think it’s all fun and games, and it is, I will grant you that -- but it’s the kind of fun that is literally floating away from you as it happens, submitting its joy to the ether instead of sticking with you. Fun isn’t for you. Fun is for the sky.
Not much is known about Domenique Dumont, but not in the usual way that makes PR campaigners froth at the mouth because The Music Speaks For Itself. Rather than crafting ominous self-contained work, Dumont crafts a kind of bubblegum pop that feels communal but also echoes and bounces outwards -- like much of the production on Grimes’ ‘Visions’, or the broad, open field pop of Braids on ‘Native Speaker’, this record feels strangely grand. Dumont’s voice reverberates around, phased shimmeringly in comparison to her tinkering, flatlining beats and muted guitar. On “L’Espirit De L’Escalier”, her tight pop song folds outwards for an outro of pure musical exuberance, a riff having its surroundings gently modified around shimmering percussion and gloopy effects.
Dumont can craft a gorgeous instrumental, too, as proved by “Un Jour Avec Yusef”, another piece that seems to posit toy instrumentation among bold production and wonderfully toned guitar. The dub-influenced “La Bataille De Neige” uses little samples of ambient sound to fold into the background of amusing whistling and aimlessly palyed percussion. It’s like hearing the purest joy you could ever experience happen just out of reach. I’ll take it.
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