Sunday, June 17, 2018

Valhearst – Souvenir EP (2017)

  • Lo-fi 
  • Art music 
  • Drone pop 
  • New Weird France 
  • Ambient 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Improvised music 
  • Ambient 
  • Electronic 
  • Experimentalism 
  • DIY 
  • Drone 
  • Krautrock 
  • Kosmische Musik

Comment: behind the project is Pascaline Raphaëlle whose 5-track issue is quite disparate in its stylistic variety and length. It starts off with a silent electro-acoustic composition based on repeated sounds, guitar-based chords and effects, microscopic noises and hisses, and Pascaline`s chants atop. It can be considered an example of slowed-down, deconstructive post-punk. On the other side, it resembles those free folk/weird folk/freak folk numbers in a decade back where some artists from a new generation of folk musicians watched toward the forest and nature and therefore organic sounds. Indeed, one is listening to music which chimes as if recorded with the microphone from a distance (especially at Waterlidl). Nowhere is a very short, 1-minute yet the only rhythmic improvisation. The narrative will be changing in the last two compositions while introducing ambient and droning sounds into the mix. More profoundly, you can find out similarities with artists by Not Not Fun, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and her French compatriot Eléonore Hauguel a.k.a. Ellah a. Thaun. In a word, the strong issue.

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