The electro-acoustic duo Kristoff K. Roll (Jean-Christophe Camps and Carole Rieussec) take their time. Each album is a labor of love. Le Petit Bruit à Côté du Coeur du Monde (Little Murmur From Next to the Heart of the World), a set of two CDs plus a 95-page booklet, sees them reach a new level of beauty. This project gestated for seven years and went through eight different stages of development. It began as a trip to Western Africa in 1994 during which the pair made recordings and immersed themselves in African culture (a parallel must be drawn to their 1999 album, Corazón Road, put together from a trip to Central America). Back in France, Camps and Rieussec began to perform live with the material they collected, building and breaking down travel stories. As time passed, recollections blurred, layers of meaning blended, and the integration of the experience yielded new messages to put across. The whole creation process is documented in the booklet (in French and English, plus parts in Spanish, German, and Bambara). Disc one documents Variation Five, a collage of concrete and acousmatic sounds interspersed with compositions for string trio by Rieussec and a great performance by Daunik Lazro on saxophone baritone duetting with the recording of a train. On disc two there is Variation Seven, much more improvised, with Lazro playing a central part and Kristoff K. Roll manipulating samples live in addition to playing objects and small instruments. The first disc is an impressionistic journey with sociopolitical overtones. The second one is a daydream rooted in day-to-day sounds from places most listeners have never been. Both are excellent works that reveal more of themselves with each listen. The uniqueness of this duo's art remains whole and so do the poetry, the attention to detail, and the evocative power. Highly recommended to aural travelers.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture
Track Listing - Disc 1
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