Collaboration can often be a difficult prospect for some musicians, with one artist’s vision often superseding their partner’s in a cyclical bout of directionless one-upmanship. But sometimes, you find that perfect balance of creativity and rhythmic elasticity, and something miraculous is created. For French musician Philippe Lamy and Italian artist MonoLogue (aka Maria Rosa Sarri), this idea of call-and-response musicality has given each the necessary impetus to sharpen their already impressive and impressionistic aesthetics against the keystone of common and separate melodic foundations. Both Lamy and Sarri have pushed the boundaries of experimental music and noise to their proper extremes, but under the guise of cooperation, they’ve found a deeper and more emotional stability to their dizzying and often cacophonous work.
On “Blu Deaux,” their new cooperative cassette, Lamy and Sarri venture into some fringe electronic landscapes. Full of inspired glitches, unexpected percussive cycles and frayed melodies, these tracks invoke a darker and more experiential approach to these complex and unhinged sounds. By allowing these transmissions to unwind at their leisure, we’re given a small opening through which to peer at the clacking revelations inherent to these pieces of wired eclecticism. They often start in the most unsuspecting manner before becoming fully illuminated in their hiss-filled grandeur. There is a tendency within the genre to maintain a discrete distance from these writhing electronic movements, we’re given no such luxury as both artists force our attention squarely on the creation and resolution of circuital sounds which possess an operatic bearing and promise.
released December 12, 2016
Music composed and performed by MonoLogue (Marie e le Rose) and Philippe Lamy.
Executive production and editing by MonoLogue (Marie e le Rose)
in PynkLab StudioS and AmanitaConceptualResearch Labs
Dark and sinister house with a heavy, unnerving presence. Rarely in your face, it prefers to stalk you from the shadows of empty rooms, quiet woods, and echoed factories, brooding over its devices and biding its diabolic time.
Great for Halloween or just getting your late-night drive on. pC