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Reflux 05:48
Hippocampe 04:18
Das See 09:06


attenuation circuit ° ACU 1062 ° 2024
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Music by Christophe Bailleau & Julien Ash
With :
Jordane Prestrot (tracks 4,5 & 7)
Aloïs L. (alto saxophone)
François Porte (transverse flute)
A Limb (drum programming on track 5)
Zorg (noises on track 1)
Images by Christophe Bailleau & Nightcafe
digital mastering by Aloïs L.

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released February 11, 2024

For the duo with Christophe Bailleau, ever-prolific Julien Ash abandons his Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites moniker for once. But they're actually more than a duo, not only because they are supported by various musicians – including Aloïs L. on saxophone and François Porte on flute, well-known from previous releases by Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites – , but also because they are joined by vocalist Jordane Prestrot on three tracks.

While many track titles, shifting between English, French, and Japanese, evoke liquidity and water, the surrealist artwork by Christophe Bailleau seems to depict life forms suspended between earth and sky, but also in intermediate states between plant, animal, mineral, and perhaps something different altogether. Everything about this album seems to be about metamorphosis between different states of being, and the music, morphing from rhythmic to atmospheric, from instrumental to vocal, from dark to light (and back and forth again), confirms this.

File under: ambient, psychedelic, electronica, neoclassical



the squeaking of a heart... Screaming (again) (always) (desperately?)!!! Making one's own the idea that our desires for these other things could finally be (temporarily) satisfied thanks to the immersive favor of an inspired, mischievous saxophone (Ocean of Sadness).
A sonic odyssey more than a hundred leagues from a hypothetical shore, EKITAI-ON-KEIHO possesses all the attributes of a domestic object, but definitively elusive (The Property).
A true generational crossover, without seeming troubled, we witness (bewildered) the possible reconciliation of a lost TIMEWIND (Klaus Schulze) levitating uncertainly, with these mobile, moving, and willing architectures (The Road To The Seashore), a multifaceted, learned emulsion.
Stubborn musicians, driven by extreme, extraordinary demands and limits, Julien Ash & Christophe Bailleau assert this as much in their personal work as with this formidable encounter, 50/50 according to Christophe Bailleau, a timeless eclecticism, erected without harmful compromise - Do we have the absolute certainty that this is where the stakes of a future reside? The piano notes of "Prisoner Of The Sky" are positively a draft of an answer, akin to a crack in the binders and the removal of our abhorrent tab manipulators. A significant validation of a featuring scattered across three tracks of the album, Jordane Prestrot is not one to decline an opportune invitation to cast a different gaze.
If this is how "Reflux" initially scatters a myriad of sparks, there are tense turnarounds for which all prevention remains ineffective, a few salvaging notes reminiscent of a koto ?
Game of contrasts, of latent soundscapes, endlessly intertwining "Hippocampe" unfolds a contained power, we are so close and yet so far from the surface.
Inspiring, expiring, "Das See" sows doubt, the ultimate test, the friendly artifices of a conventional, conflicting rhythm, questioning preamble... a fundamental ?




JULIEN ASH (Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites), zuletzt mit Christophe Petchanatz (Klimperei) und „Ciel de Mouches“ bei AC zu hören, wo er bereits mit NLC & Grosso Gadgetto oder Innocent But Guilty willkommen war, hat bei Ekitai-On-Keiho (ACU 1062) CHRISTOPHE BAILLEAU an der Seite. Einen Landsmann und multimedialen Künstler mit Lebensmittelpunkt in Belgien, der mit Arden auf Stilll zu hören war, mit Michel Delville (The Wrong Object) in The Gödel Codex, mit Billy Hasni als Prism. Hier gibt er mit seinem Artwork der Musik ein Image, und sich dabei als Surrealist zu erkennen. Aloïs L. ist mit Altosax, François Porte mit Querflöte homöopathisch eingemischt, Jordane Prestrot vokalisiert bei 'Prisoner of the Sky', 'Reflux' und 'Das See'. Zuvor schon hatten 'Ocean of Sadness' und 'The Road to the Seashore' die Blicke und die Schritte meerwärts gerichtet, 'Hippocampe', Seepferdchen, taucht darin ein. Beats verwirbeln mit Breaks und Shuffling, pulsend und mit brausendem Zug die ambiente Anmutung, die von Drones, Loops, Bassgebrumm und träumerischer, gläserner Klimperei ausgeht. Der japan. Titel, frz. Alerte sonore liquide, lässt sich als Flüssigkeitsalarm ergooglen, Baill-eau speist zu den morphenden Klangbildern das Auge mit Kugel-, Ei- und Tropfenformen, geflammten und floralen, einer xenobiologischen Seeanemone, einer 'Kartoffelkäfer'-Zecke, einem psychedelischen 'Kobra'-Gewächs.





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