KIKO C.ESSEIVA: Drôles d’Oiseaux CD Hinterzimmer Records
This Swiss/Spanish producer drafts most of his electroacoustic pieces on a body of field recordings. This for me has always been a dangerous game, considering most aspects of this approach to work fail for me in a big way, occasionally dropping into a mire of pointless timewasting.
Esseiva however, does have one saving grace. Occasionally he filters out drones and harmonies, providing a subtle humming ambience that resonates warmly through the speakers. This in turn works well, with cut and paste snatches of sound samples from glimpses of vocal elements, spliced in at appropriate key points.
A fair comparison of ‘Drôles d’Oiseaux’ would be from scene long stayers, Nurse with Wound. Admittedly I have never been a fan of NTW and their somewhat wretched, constant pissing around; luckily though, Esseiva does have more to offer than many of the works by his peers.
Not to say that some of this album has its fair share of down points; as always with the obscure nature of this approach to music, there is a tendency on this release for it to drift off on a self-indulgent pretentious rampage. Next time out I would like to see Kiko concentrate on his drone and ambient leanings, where everything feels undeniably more cohesive.