Mémoires Paramoléculaires

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"This experience exists only in your mind" reads the inner sleeve of Vromb's CD Mémoires Paramoléculaires. This album is presented as a document in "auratrive experience" (whatever that is), produced with the help of the "ultratonic equipment" of one Haurel Gaudot. Sound wave perception, pseudo-science, and the paranormal meet in this concept album. What lies beneath this Halloween costume is a very decent (but not spectacular) album of dark electronica with leanings toward the experimental. Hugo Girard (the man hiding behind the Vromb moniker) puts together inviting atmospheres and pieces that pulsate almost organically. He likes to toy with frequency shifts and wave flapping, but if you do get hallucinations, you must be using something more than just the CD. The standout tracks are the last two, "L'Appareillage Ultratonique" and "Conclusion Vers le Silence," which take one through granular stretches, hypnotic ambient techno, and an elegant slow fadeout. "Assemblage -- A" and "Assemblage -- B" flirt with minimalism, while the first quarter of the album is devoted to setting up the disquieting mood necessary to fit the concept. Analog sine waves and shortwave transmissions become characters in this extravaganza, but one wishes Girard had pushed things a bit more. By settling down into ambient techno, he makes the music too easy for the storyline. That said, the album works well, and if it doesn't bring new musical ideas to the table, it provides an enjoyable listen for the IDM (and more) enthusiast.

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