Momentary Delights

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Jkettle uses lo-fi electronics and spare, repetitive composition to create this package of murky miniatures, which are far less varied than those he had assembled as a member of Suki Tawdry on Night Of Joy. Reputedly inspired by Serge Gainsbourg, the album does sound the way a drag on a Galoise probably tastes, but it marshals little by way of innovation or insight in paying these respects. The tracks don't hang together: "Have Mercy!," a spasm of drum and bass, is too brief and unconnected to surrounding pieces to make its purpose clear. "Le tease m'attise" does offer a pleasantly seductive vocal, though Isabelle Gillet gets credit for that; the rest of this fare hangs in breezeless air, like some inert and enigmatic mobile, waiting for onlookers to invest it with meaning.

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