On this record, TG's side is worth the fascinating production of Canadian label Constellation. In three instrumental tortured tunes, TG invites listeners to enter a ghostly world; he looses them up with evasive melodies but at the same time aims directly at their guts by putting the emotional side of his music forward. And unlike what happened with the TG & the Stars at My Desk split, he sure got a nice sound on this record. The more structured band Ratiopharm (that is, Fred d'Herouville from Gordz, he is Ratipharm, plus Benjamin C.) works for the sake of the same music: post-rock. But with a drummer (TG is all guitars) and the Shellac-ian influences of F. d'Herouville, their vision of post-rock is based on an alternation of energies rather than on mere emotions. On the other hand, with the good production they have, they'd be quite wrong not to play on energy. Finally, the two bands are complementary and this split is a small but solid brick in the foundation of the post-rock temple.
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AllMusic Review by Romain Guillou