Genre/Influences: Experimental, Minimal-Electro, IDM.
Format: Digital, Cassette.
Background/Info: Bruit Fantôme is a French producer who has already been active for a couple of years now. “Robert Smith”refers to the legendary frontman of The Cure and features seven titles from the band that serves as inspiration to this work. The EP is part of the label’s series “Digital Mutant Series”, which is meant to be an exploration of the alternative French Techno scene and its subgenres.
Content: The EP features 7 songs; 6 of them are titles from The Cure. But this EP is not a cover work, but simply a personal interpretation of Bruit Fantôme from these titles. The sound is pretty minimal-like, somewhere in between pure Experimental music and more danceable parts. Bleeping sequences, pitched vocals and low bass lines are resonating.
+ + + : The idea/concept of the work is original and has nothing in common with the original songs from The Cure. “Forest (Monsters Are Coming)” is one of the highlights for its refined bleeping sequences. The song is rather repetitive, but progressively moving crescendo. I also like this work for its pure minimal approach. It has something complex and yet pretty accessible.
– – – : I’m not a huge fan of “Carnage Visors”, which is driven by heavier d’n’b influences.
Conclusion: This EP doesn’t sound blasphemous for all fans of Robert Smith and The Cure while it will ravish Electro heads in search of originality.
Best songs: “Forest (Monsters Are Coming)”, “Disintegration”, “Subway Song”.