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Imagine what sounds the lovechild of Diamanda Galas
and Edgard Varese might have spawned?!
Belgian artist/composer Pepijyn Caudron's (aka Kreng) debut album
'L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu' may well come very close.
This is music of high, Grand Guignol, drama. The stuff of nightmare.
Cinematic soundscapes of sustained imagination and dark intensity.
There is craft and technical competence here too of a knowing
and highly rarified order. Mr Caudron's theatrical collaborations
have served him well. His ability to project images into our
consciousness (however ambiguous or disturbing) through the
compositional materials at his disposal is second to none.
This is not an album to put on as the soundtrack to a dinner
party (although I may well give it a go just to see what happens!).
It's quite hard to know when the right moment might be truth-be-told
but general advice to the unwary might include warnings not to
listen to it alone, at night, in a melancholy frame of mind or
following the death of a favorite pet. You get my drift?!
Mr Caudron uses sound in so many extraordinary ways.
The piano and dark orchestral textures of 'Mythobarbital',
for example, create an atmosphere of menace and impending
catastrophe. The half-heard whimpering embedded in the
introduction is truly terrifying. Something bad is happening
here and there is not enough information available to
provide any reliable kind of answer or reassurance.
It is the uncertainty generated by many of these eighteen pieces
which sustains the nerve-jangling tension and thereby our interest. Read more ›
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