Ilitch is basically multi-instrumentalist Thierry Muller, who uses guitars, synthesizers, and other effects to create avant-garde music that falls somewhere between Brian Eno, Conrad Schnitzler, and Heldon, though more like the latter. Periodikmindtrouble reissues the first album on a double CD with a plethora of extra tracks, recorded from 1974 to 1978, the year of the record's original release. On all but a couple tracks working completely solo, Muller constructs soundscapes that are entirely instrumental, minimal, and somewhat ambient, though very edgy as well. The organ and deconstructed guitar of the opening track from the original album sets the mood, with tweaked-out bursts of noise, long drones, and repetitive organ chords that are both bleak and mesmerizing, like a much darker version of Tangerine Dream. Certainly the closest comparison would again be Heldon, with similar pulsing electronic sonic space visions, though Ilitch is slightly less repetitive with tracks often developing into something else, and not quite as bracingly fearsome as some of Heldon's best work. Another similarity is Muller's guitar style, which like that of Richard Pinhas of Heldon is extremely unconventional, using the instrument more as a way of creating jarring textures rather than chords. The "Ballades Urbaines" tracks are mostly guitar texture, whereas on "A.B.ss" the guitar is even more unrecognizable in the long drones. The second disc offers a dozen tracks called "Innerfilmsequences," some of which were on the original LP. These veer from nightmarish to almost dreamy and cosmic in quality, and they also contain a lot of human emotive power rather than being merely academic exercises.
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AllMusic Review by Rolf Semprebon
Track Listing - Disc 1