AMUTE: Bending Time in Waves CD Humpty Dumpty Records

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AMUTE: Bending Time in Waves CD Humpty Dumpty Records

Jérôme Deuson has produced a number of albums under this moniker and it’s almost shameful that I haven’t heard any of them up until this point.

Opener, ‘You’re Free Now’ is a chaotic barrage of melodic, yet distorted guitars and percussion, densely layered into a wall of sound not too dissimilar to Godspeed You! Black Emperor and that is praise enough indeed; being a fan of theirs and all that they have accomplished.

Jungle rhythms kick their way into a sea of delayed ambience on ‘Internal Eternal’, creating a contrasting space to their opening counterpart, with the Fennesz-like waves of looping guitar reverberating the ether, on ‘Solar Flames’ and the exceptional ‘Bending Time in Waves’.

Other influences play their hand, such as Mogwai and Tim Hecker; as well as the aforementioned GY!BE and the mighty Fennesz and Amute does them all justice, paying homage with his own interpretations and amalgamations, to great effect.

As well as this being a splendid release in its entirety, it’s also in aid of a worthy cause.  Head off to Amute’s Bandcamp site; and all orders benefit a charity towards aiding Warburg Micro Syndrome.  It appears that Deuson not only has a heart musically, but ethically as well; and that has to be commended.

9/10

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TANGTYPE: Trajet CD Humpty Dumpty Records

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TANGTYPE: Trajet CD Humpty Dumpty Records

The duo of Tangtype have been producing together for a number of years combining a constant shuffle of elements that make up their collective sound. With a colliding blend of electronic tribal elements and doubled vocals thrown in from all angles, the result is an obscure mix that only settles on the majority of the tracks, when the bass levels out as the main harmony; ‘The Drifting Cycle’ being the main example of this.

The title track is a peculiar mash of evocative vocals, off-kilter acoustic and slide guitars and slowed down elements of dubstep rhythms played out with a more analogue patch; the result feels entirely original and is more than listenable considering the ingredients utilised to create it.

Many a genre is crossed on ‘Trajet’, and reined in with Jazz percussion. The vocals remind me of Mary-Dee from Chainsuck and have that undeniable ability to ooze under the skin, providing a beautifully creeping weirdness that touches on aspects of pop commercialism, whilst being undercut with strains of insanity. A truly different release that won me over the moment Julie Cambier opened her mouth.

9/10