Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Régis Renouard Larivière - Futaie / Tchernoziom (2000 compi of works from '96 and '98)
The short liner note is a bit on the academic side in a pretentious kind of way - or perhaps its just come out like that in the English translation - but the opening sentence about Futaie is nicely evocative, saying that it "unfolds like a long, slow sentence of which only the punctuation remains". This describes pretty well the spare, stop-start sound of the first few minutes, which are based around chunky percussion and wind instrument sounds. These slowly reverberate around in space as the track starts to mutate over its 14 minutes.
Tchernoziom, apparently named after the fertile black soil of the Ukraine, is even more interesting. It's more rhythmical, in the computer pulses that run through it, and creates a sustained, eerie atmosphere. If it weren't for the occasional presence of (albeit still heavily treated) acoustic instruments, presumably the source material taken from Futaie, I might think I was listening to latter-day Autechre or something. A really striking and engrossing alien soundworld that makes me wish there were more releases available by Larivière.