Album Review

Vigroux, Franck – “We (nous Autres)” – [D’Autres Cordes]

abacus   8/22/2012   A Library, CD

Vigroux is a French experimental electro-acoustician, turntablist, guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elliot Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Joey Baron and Ellery Eskelin. This brilliant record has an amazing grasp of space and punctuation, never absent of stimuli yet never overwhelming in drowned out noise and constantly progressing, never dwelling on one aesthetic. The album begins with an ominous blanket of tentatively shifting stringscapes and operatic singing that build and drop without warning and moves into a grating saw of metal buzz drone set against a brooding rhythmic backdrop. The beat throughout the album is just enough to get you shifting with bass so deep you feel it in your core, and a crunch to make you snarl. Just when you feel your senses overboil the sounds cut out and all we hear is a record needle spinning a splatter collage of found sounds against delicate swells of ambience. The void is quickly flooded again with pounding bass alternating against silent tones. We’re lost in interstellar travel or visited by ghosts in a haunted hospital room, trying to sleep with the TV left on in the other room. The album closes with a 15 minute immersion of differing densities punctuated by the sparse, earth shattering beats. Is it power electronics? Dubstep? you decide…

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