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Heard you’re all in the mood for some sound poetry? Yeah, I heard right. This review is not the sound poem; it is the mere conduit for it, with me as the messenger-boy for a record of troublemaker music concrete. Gorgeous and unnerving, a blessing and an ailment, this is ‘Vu Du Dôme’, the latest record by weirdo producer Élg. There is music but there is also movement, unfettered and unfancied, just the sound of people walking themselves up the stairs, or recordings of the natural world shifting about a bit -- incongruous, unceremoniously. Mixed with Élg’s tinkering, occasionally structured electronics, it makes for a meeting of fictions: naturalist and po-mo cornered into the same room.
The narration is more like a listless, desperate ramble pleaded to anyone who will listen; while it is often musical and lyrical in sound, it is laced with dreadful energy, the squeaks and squaks spoken on “Ce Serum Monstre” mixing with beastly droning sounds and industrial percussive chimes. Over the screeching synth sounds and harmonica blasts of “Au Bucher” comes occasional yelp-singing that suggests a meditation gone off the rails and into an abyss. Fretful screams, distant hums, and sweet harmonies; they’re all on this record, all phased into some netherworld that is largely indifferent to their existence.
It’s wonky. Music concrete can be funny and this proves it; a darkly comic tale of the real meeting its hyper self, Élg creates a record that’s something like a walk-in horror house, one that will offer different experiences and commotions to each person that listens to it. Get a copy and let it create a hub world in your subconscious.
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