Le Complexe de la Viande

Le Complexe de la Viande

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This eponymous CD is the first release by the trio le Complexe de la Viande (The Meat Complex). Dominique Répécaud (electric guitar) and Laurent Dailleau (theremin, synthesizer) improvise noisy, atmospheric backgrounds over which poet Serge Pey reads his texts -- the ones found here were later published in Si On Veut Libérer les Vivants, Il Faut Savoir Aussi Libérer les Morts. "La Vingt Cinquième Heure" ("The Twenty-Fifth Hour"), 28 minutes, deals with ethereal considerations on time. Very eerie, it is dominated by the ghost-like theremin. "L'Art Mis en Quartiers" ("Art Chopped in Pieces") is more brutal, its text narrating a visit in a World War II concentration camp. Due to its format -- text and guitar-based free improv accompaniment -- the music on Le Complexe de la Viande recalls Richard Pinhas and Maurice Dantec's project Schizotrope and Robert Creeley's Have We Told You All You'd Thought to Know?, but it is less dense and claustrophobic than the former and exempt of any jazz reference, unlike the latter. Pey's voice is clearly heard throughout, center and in front on this studio session. His words are in French, so be warned that you will miss on a huge dimension of this CD. Yet, Répécaud's guitar work is brilliant, inventive, and very noise-rock based: a one-man Glenn Branca symphony band.

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