Genre/Influences: Experimental, electronics, abstract, new-wave.
Background/Info: Alain Neffe and Nadine Bal better known as the Belgian duo BeNe GeSSeRiT are back on track unleashing a new album of 16 tracks on EE Tapes. The duo has been busy since the early 90s and never stopped composing music. EE Tapes definitely put them back on the map releasing several records during the past few years. “Eccentric????” features unreleased material from the past few years. The songs were selected by EE Tapes owner Eriek Van Havere.
Content: “Eccentric????” is an appropriated title for this duo, which once more reveal a real weird and especially uncompromised music style. You for sure will easily notice the somewhat experimental approach, which also comes through in some childish vocal parts and crazy lyrical themes.
Next to the experimental and abstract sound, you’ll notice some 80s reminiscences. It all sounds electronic-like although sometimes completed with guitar featuring guest musician Daniel Malempré who you’ll maybe know from some side-projects featuring Alain Neffe.
+ + + : The main strength of this formation is their very personal sound, which is mixing numerous influences. They often make me think of a kind of sonic Dadaism while a few tracks sound a bit into Serge Gainsbourg for their lyrical approach. It’s a totally weird, but cool kind of poetry.
– – – : The main strength of BeNe GeSSeRiT also is their main problem to conquer a wider audience. The minimalism rapidly moves into an abstract sonic format, which is hard to grasp. It sometimes sounds like pure improvisation.
Conclusion: The “Eccentric????” title is totally appropriated to understand the content of the work. Call it a bit eccentric, but it definitely reveals an uncompromised approach, which I experience as ‘sonic Dadaism’.
Best songs: “The House Of The Rising Song”, “Folie Cadencée (Le Plus Obscur De Nos Désirs)”, “Perdus”.