FOUDRE!, a remarkable quartet including members of Saåad, The Rustle Of The Stars, Extreme Precautions and I Pilot Dæmon, performed this piece (in a Gothic church!) as a live accompaniment to Ho Tzu Nyen’s film Earth. Deep and rich drone pieces that really go some places. Edition of 300 blue vinyl LPs on Gizeh.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 16 February 2017
A think-tank of droners and classical weepers join forces from tropes like Saåad, The Rustle Of The Stars, Extreme Precautions and I Pilot Dæmon to create a record worthy of its gothic church setting. Hear the group -- known, with exclamation marks, as Foudre! -- rattle the ground and bounce off the walls for ‘Earth’, a live accompaniment piece for the film of the same name by Ho Tzu Nyen.
A slow-burning movie of post-apocalypse disorientation, this quartet respond to Nyen’s themes “between consciousness and unconsciousness, life and death” with a record that rumbles and stirs, its instrumentation stilled but stifled, roused between the sustains. Odd incidental murmurs occur, sounding like rumbling motors and chance movements, paired with ear-ringing mellotron, synths and processed guitars. It becomes a real medley, each sound contributing to a mass of sound that rarely changes completely but constantly invites new ripples.
It’s a paradise of texture, this record. In its scariest moments the quartet create layers of vast emptiness as a group, with one or two adding brief motifs overtop, while they often climb towards a euphoric, almost hopeful moment. For a film that Nyen seems to describe as being about focusing and unfocusing, this meandering but often triumphant soundtrack sounds just about right. A beautiful treat from Gizeh that should appeal to followers of warm, dark and krauty ambient alike.
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