Laetitia Sonami

Le Crachecophage

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Le Crachecophage is a puzzling work. The fact that you can or cannot understand the occasional sentences spoken in French will not change your perception of it. Half electro-acoustic, half hörspiel, this collaboration between Laetitia Sonami and Avatar wizard Jocelyn Robert fails to leave a lasting impression. Elegant but not beautiful, its meaning remains undecipherable, even to the trained ear. It isn't that it's particularly demanding -- the piece flows nicely, and sound events are limited. But for some reason it seems too thematically obscure and musically gratuitous overall. Two notable exceptions are the "P" and "R" sections, which present stronger, almost self-contained atmospheres. Very different than Robert's previous works, Le Crachecophage leaves after its 38 minutes one big question mark. Resolving it (if only partly) requires many attentive listens.

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