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This one’s a total no-brainer if you were a fan of Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux’s 2014 album ‘Peau Froide, Léger Soleil’, also released on Cosmo Rhythmatic. The six tracks that comprise ‘Ignis’ were recorded during the same sessions as the previous album, so one could say it’s an addendum of sorts but really is a complete statement in its own right.
Mika Vainio was a frequent collaborator (Alva Noto, Arne Deforce, Pita, Charlemagne Palestine, Fennesz, John Duncan, Lucio Capece, Kouhei Matsunaga, Kevin Drumm, Sean Booth, Joachim Nordwall, Keiji Haino, Alan Vega) but there is something about this particular collaboration with French musician Franck Vigroux that really gels. They seemed to have found kindred spirits in each other and a mutual appreciation of the visceral power of sound.
With its flickering bleeps and widescreen glacial synth, opening track ‘Brume’ evokes some sort of futuristic aircraft searching remote and desolate frozen landscapes. A processed vocal possibly suggesting this is a place not of this earth. ‘Netereournepas’ increases the mystery as we head further into the unknown - just as the tension becomes almost overwhelmingly, a huge helicopter sweeps in. However, it doesn’t feel like we’re being rescued here… out of the frying pan and into the fire as ‘Luxure’ throws us into a war zone of brutal and heavy earth-shattering sound. ‘Unpeuapreslesoleil’ feels like we’re hostage to some unknown like lifeform and being scanned and subjected to tests. ‘Luceatlux’ makes me imagine a cyberpunk/cyborg scenario where the biological body has been modified with technology and is booted up for the first time as we hear the opening noise and interference, then during the quieter parts systems are stabilizing. Have we become one of them? I recommend cranking up the volume even a notch further for the full physically pummelling assault of ‘Feux’ - an action-packed escape as we get the fuck out of there.
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