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Below the Sea – “Les Arbres Depayseront Davanta ” – [Where Are My Records]

mitch   8/30/2006   A Library, CD

Crucial second release nearly dispels Montreal ‘post-rock? tag
for instrumental trio Patrick Lacharite (gtr, sampler, keys), Pascal
Asselin (drums) and Mathieu Levesque (bass) – that is, find most
of the muscularity in the first 5 tracks, then the trap kit and bass-
lines solve the disquiet, moving from the wrestling chair to the sea
where flight soars over linearity in a long series of poignant arcs?.
dipping here, grieving there (# 7, with Maude Smith Gagnon),
terminals separated (#10, Sylvain Chauveau piano) and tracing
the course of a distant and heavenly body (# 12) in desolate orbit.
Beyond the Valley of ‘The Loss of Our Winter? (2000), this is the
band’s follow-up – wider, deeper, longer PanaVisions of Patrick
Lacharite that free themselves from depayse geometry to a per-
meability less than that of vacuum – magnetism opposite to
iron – less metal, more diamagnetism in the physics and a class
of emotional substances wholly subjective. Film music better than
films, where you make your own. Asselin also in GLIDER with
guitarist Gavin Baker (BILLY MAHONIE). Opacity finds emulsion.
MITCH October 2002

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