Les Massifs de Fleurs

Les Massifs de Fleurs

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A collaboration between experimental rock guitarist Dominique Répécaud and junk recycler and machine builder Frédéric Le Junter was somehow inevitable, the two frequenting the same crowd of French musicians (those revolving around the 33revpermi/Khôkhôt axis). But the first fruit of their duo Les Massifs de Fleurs surely goes beyond expectations. The set, recorded live in 1999, offers a selection of improvisations and songs, actually better described as prepared song-based improvisations. Répécaud is a thunderous guitarist with quick fingers, a propensity to use overdriven distortion, and a fondness for Wall of Sound textures and angular solos. Le Junter is one quarter of Silent Block. He performs with strange contraptions, junk automatons, movement detectors linked to soundwave generators, and rotating thrash sculptures. The two sonic worlds collide; they don't meet, they don't blend -- they clash. And it works very nicely, with all the madness of French avant-rock. Le Junter is nuts. The sounds he produces are constantly off the wall, his sense of humor akin to a B-series demented scientist. One of the two songs, "Chère Rasade" (a pun on the character Sheherazade), allies an automated beat pattern with roaring guitar licks and delectably horrible (and off-key) vocals. If the idea of Pierre Berthet meeting Étron Fou Leloublan ignites your curiosity, try to find this CD.