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Presque_Chic Review

by François Couture

Presque_Chic is Poire_Z's second CD. It puts together two live recordings, from the Taktlos Festival (Zürich, Switzerland) in April 2000 and Unlimited XIII (Wels, Austria) a few months earlier -- a shorter excerpt from the latter performance had been included on Mottomo Otomo: Unlimited XIII. The quartet's first album documented an encounter between like-minded free improv experimentalists, some well-established (Norbert Möslang and Andy Guhl both of Voice Crack, Günter Müller), others up and coming (Erik M). It was credited to all artists' names and titled Poire_Z. This second opus is the testimony of their relentless touring since then; it establishes Poire_Z as a performing group. In free improv circles, a stable outfit is often perceived as being stagnant, bound to repeat itself. The two tracks included here, recorded six months apart, are very different. Track one (26 minutes) remains very soft-spoken, dominated by Möslang and Guhl's clicketing gadgets and Erik M's vinyl surface noise. Surprisingly, a beat pattern arises from all this slowly bubbling magma of sound. Track two is a lot more violent, dynamic, even brutal. With his selected percussion instruments, Müller forces in something that is not quite rhythm, yet not chaotic. His clanky loops meet aggressive sonic gestures. Things gradually resolve to a calm, glitchy ending. The track is quite exciting, but all in all Presque_Chic doesn't have the strength of its predecessor. Those who have the first CD and want more will be pleased with this one.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Poire_Z 26:14 Amazon
2 Poire_Z 21:53 Amazon
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