Two French brothers creating erotic, whispered and noisy ambient, that is what Etant Donnes is all about. The music sounds about as oneirically moist as that description. Which is why we’re all the happier that their 1990 CD Aurore, originally released on Touch records, is finally remastered and sold on vinyl. Thanks to Penultimate Press, which is giving the same treatment to the brothers’ albums Royaume/Aimant + Aimant and Bleu.
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- Aurore by Etant Donnes
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 October 2015
Right now, I’m being whispered to by a french dude in the most subtle soft tones while someone bangs an imaginary gong and dribbles water all over me. What is going on. All the songs are named after their lengths. A heart has just started beating.
This is one of the most intimate albums I think I’ve ever heard, with windy wisps and the sound of an army of crickets accompanying the extremely close and now getting creepier whispers. Penultimate Press have given this unique piece of ambience their seal of approval, giving it a proper pressing long after it’s original 1990 CD release. I can say with confidence that this is timeless, I don’t know where or when I am. A loud distorted screech just happened. The crickets intensify and become synths, flitting between the ear halves so that you forget that there’s someone else there for a bit but the screeching whispers are back and I’m scared and still asking the question WHAT IS THIS?
Rain continues to fall, and thunder sounds over the drone of engines in the very far distance. I need to stand up and walk around. What started initially as intimate has become extremely unsettling, this record holding the amazing power to completely dislodge you from your surroundings and put you in the middle of a field, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark. I dare you to listen to this in the dark.
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