Salmo Salar

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Like most releases on the French label Fario, Salmo Salar assumes the form of a split CD where a collaborative track by the two featured artists provides a bridge between their solo segments. The titles of Rapoon's two pieces refer to the sun and the spirit, two words useful to describe Robin Storey's ethereal white drones (as opposed to the dark drones of the post-industrial scene). "Espiritum" even gets close to new age, although the soundscape is too multi-layered to feel that trite. Désaccord Majeur (aka Jérôme Mauduit) takes a different approach, rooted in techno-fusion. Relying on a medium-tempo electronic beat and spiced up with exotic voices and instruments, his music avoids the flashy tricks of the commercial type of this music. His three tracks, 25 minutes total, evoke instead the make-believe ethnic fusion of Lászlo Hortobágyi. The two artists should be compatible, but their collaborative piece, "Salmo Salar," doesn't deliver. In an effort to meet halfway, they both stripped out the more interesting features of their sound and ended up with a nondescript soup. But you can fall back on Rapoon's mystical soundscapes or Désaccord Majeur's alternate third worlds for compensation. That said, those familiar with the Fario imprint will find this album slightly more comfortable than its other releases, which tend to be more challenging.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 13:47
2 8:21
3 9:28
blue highlight denotes track pick