Indalaska – Poésie Surnaturelle (Cassette Album – Ikuisuus)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, cinematographic, ambient.
Background/Info: Indalaska is a new project set up by the brothers Frédéric and Olivier Charlot. You maybe know them from the ritual-like project Maninkari while they’re also involved with the IDM-inspired Sphyxion. “Poésie Surnaturelle” is the debut work from their newest project, which is available as a very limited (100 copies) cassette.
Content: “Poésie Surnaturelle” is an ambient voyage throughout experimental- and mainly minimalistic sound fields. The reason to this minimal approach is the use of restricted equipment. The songs are quite similar in tonalities while sharper sound treatments inject a colder touch. The sounds aren’t comparable to an organ and yet it reminds me of this magic and mainly baroque instrument.
+ + + : The least I can say is that the Charlot brothers are clearly interested in very different kinds of music although the influences remain somewhat related. I here like the icy sounds, which have something frightening and visual-like. Indalaska is a project with a very own sound much like their other projects.
– – – : The minimalism resulting from the lack of equipment also leads to similar tracks. This is an album I like for its first cuts, but it becomes a bit monotonous after a while.
Conclusion: I like the global approach and concept behind Indalaska, but –and from a very personal point of view, it’s the least fascinating project driven by the French brothers.
Best songs: “Poésie Surnaturelle – Part 1”, “Poésie Surnaturelle – Part 3”.
Label: http://ikuisuuslabel.blogspot.com / www.facebook.com/Ikuisuus
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