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Peau Froide, Leger Soleil by Mika Vaino and Franck Vigroux sees the pair mixing their styles to create a work that spans the full spectrum between minimum and maximum. Vigroux creates the space whilst Vaino's robust and brutal production creates the framework. The third release on Cosmo Rhythmatic which emphasises the label’s ethos in producing uncompromising music.
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It’s always a bit scary putting on a new Mika Vainio release because you never know quite what you’re going to get; it could be anything from a brutalisingly cold rhythmical assault, an incendiary electronic tone freakout, eerily stripped-down electro or the faintest of ethereal whispers set against stark silence. Whatever it is, you know it’s going to have an almost clinical, razor-sharp clarity and three-dimensional heft that’s more than a little intimidating given the musical terrain he likes to explore. In this collaboration, which has apparently been three years in the making, we get to see pretty much all those aforementioned staples of Vainio’s sound palette, all mixed in with Franck Vigrou’s equally intense and if anything, more maximalist approach to heavy-duty electronica.
The broad variation in dynamics and eclectic quality of the sounds here makes for an unpredictable and engaging listen. Opener ‘Deux’ perfectly illustrates this by developing a terse ambient wash teaming with sound particles that, after couple of minutes, dramatically rears up into a monstrously aggressive beat that slaps you around before a jagged synth tone cuts into the mix like a rusty hacksaw blade- only to back off intermittently as Ligeti-like microtonal swarms hover in the distance.
The whole album seems to revel in the inventiveness and ability of both producers to develop and radically shift textures, tones and atmospheres. Other personal highlights include ‘Man’, with its icy tones seeping outwards like frozen fog around strangely disembodied vocalisations and ‘Parabole’, which unfurls heavy beats under crumbling walls of ecstatic guitar, kind of like some transcendent jam with Godflesh and Main. Overall, this is possibly the most varied and satisfying record by Vainio since Pan Sonic.
10/10 Steven woodcock Customer review, 8th December 2015
I saw this is in the top 50 Norman Records albums of the year. I have had this thrown at me nearly every time I log onto Norman Records so I thought I'd try find what it was all about. I found 'Memoire' on You Tube and I liked it but this was nothing like what was to come. So I took a punt on the album. I put this on loud like recommended, this almost blew half my face right off. You don't only listen to this album you absorb it you feel it you want it you crave it. I have now played this through twice and I'm going for my third. I need more of this I am totally addicted.
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