La Casa's first album under his own name (after a number of releases as Syllyk) is a collection of evocative soundscapes from field recordings around France and Central Europe. His focus is the threshold between two worlds, exemplified in this release by the earth and the sea, but also between day and night. The album's quiet opening, with ocean waves, tinkling bells, and a subterranean thrum, gives way to the artist's footsteps as he walks along the shore to witness and record the resonance of the wind and water. "Dahl" incorporates field recordings from the North Sea at Dieppe and the lighthouse at Dunkerque, but the sounds of metal -- Tibetan, Japanese, and Thai bells -- predominate in their all-encompassing resonance while the ocean waves continue as a pedal point underneath. "L'Inspir du Rivage" is composed only of field recordings from Croatia's coast (i.e., rivage) of the Adriatic, with ocean waves that fill the cavities in the rocky shore at Rovinj. The "inspir" of the shore suggests both inspiration and breathing in, and contrasts with "L'Expir du Jour," the title of the final track. "Brame" is a recording of the earth growing organically from "L'Inspir du Rivage," where the field recordings move inland to incorporate mineral ores in transit, thick vegetation, and trains, as well as stones, baked clay, and metal objects. This piece also starts quietly and grows to a clattering metallic roar before subsiding to a quiet drone with distant voices. The most noticeable sound source in "L'Expir du Jour" ("The Waning of the Day") is a loud electric meter recorded outside Paris, but it subsides in a layering of wind and bird sounds, quietly finishing with the nocturnal sound of crickets in the park.
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AllMusic Review by Caleb Deupree