Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis – Distance (CD – Cézame Carte Blanche)

Posted on 30/01/13

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We here welcome a French artist who is a kind of multi-instrumentalist and who has mainly been involved as an accordion player in other French bands. This very prolific and artistic woman has composed different soundtrack projects as well. “Distance” is her official debut full length mixing acoustic instruments and electronics.

The 1st part of the album sounds creative and original. The songs have been composed by very different influences, but all in the end you get a fascinating result of neo-classic inspiration and electronic modernity. The rhythmic is somewhat trip hop-minded. Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis mainly is an experimentalist! Her electronics sound pretty minimal and you often get the feeling to hear a kind of music box sound lost in an imaginary glasshouse. The acoustic instruments and especially the accordion –which is like the national instrument in France, inject a very unusual sound. Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis mixes the musical legacy of Björk and even a project like Autechre together with a neo-classic approach. It sounds evasive, and always like a real challenge.

“Distance” features several cool songs. I have a little preference for “Washing Machine”, “Echos De Rouben Melik Part 1”, “Echos De Rouben Melik Part 2” and “Drops desert Part 1”.
The kind of reverie emerging from the music totally reflects the soundtrack style this artist is dealing with. The second part of the album definitely sounds that way and I even make a link with the magic soundtrack of “Le Fabeleux Destin D’Amélie Poulin”. The delicacy of the compositions and the typical Parisian accordion tunes will lead you into reverie. Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis mainly sings in English, but also sings in her Mother tongue. She has a fragile timbre of voice that embraces the global delicacy of her music.

“Distance” is filled with grace and magic, shining like a star in the grey world we’re living in.


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