Second album from producer of screwed-up sounding club / unclub musics Rabit. Les Fleurs Du Mal is a fierce suite of ferocious rhythms, noisy modular synth blasts and pulses, and all manner of digital detritus, woven together into strange wholes. You can certainly hear the declared Coil inspiration. LP on Halcyon Veil.
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Rabit puts the colliding avant Grime rhythms and deconstructed club music meets noise well and truly to bed for his fourth album. ‘Les Fleurs Du Mal’ the namesake of the Charles Baudelaire volume of poetry is a record much wider in scope and more introspective than previously heard from the excellent producer - real name Eric C. Burton.
Across twelve vignette like tracks we’re never quite sure whether what we’re experiencing is hallucinatory or reality, seemingly jumping to various locations, and time periods as though being blasted from the present into a flashback and then into the future. It’s a lot to absorb and often disorientating - as if his life experience were a film that we were skipping through, rewinding and fast forwarding through all the horror, ecstasy, lust and beyond. It’s all vividly and expertly realised, with a distinct psychedelic/mystical experience type feel which justifies comparisons made with Coil. Indeed Drew McDowall himself - no stranger to entheogen related time travel contributes some modular synth action to Rabit’s bewildering array of acousmatic sounds, electronics, manipulated samples etc.
I can see myself coming back to this one much more frequently than his older stuff - which you can sorta put a date stamp on -- ‘Les Fleurs Du Mal’ feels more future proof. Initially it’s almost unfathomable and hard to fully penetrate, but is so intricate that repeated listens really reward, revealing previously hidden details. A deliciously dark and peculiar album.
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