Undo

Un Sperme Qui Meurt de Froid en Agitant Faiblement Sa Petite Queue dans les Draps d'un Gam

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Christof Migone and Alexandre St-Onge like to keep their art mysterious, blurry, and open to multiple interpretations. This album was the first to come out on the Montréal sound art/conceptual art label Squint Fucker Press. The cardboard card serving as a booklet is printed in a tiny typeface, yellow on grey -- impossible to read. Even once you manage to make out the writing, it conveys little more information -- in particular, nothing is disclosed about the what and the how. The album's title could be translated to: "a sperm dying of cold while weakly wiggling its little tail between the sheets of a young boy." At the time of this recording, the two artists working as Undo were involved in extreme sound experiments involving contact microphones taped inside their mouths. Some of that may be involved here, especially in "Born of a Wet Dream and Dead Before Morning," "Pas dans un Ventre Non Plus" (Neither in a Belly), and "Quelques Débris d'Entendement au Milieu" (Some Fragments of Understanding in the Middle). These pieces sound like glitch constructions, with something much more alien and disquieting to them. Other tracks involve home recordings ("Narrow the Field of Research," "Seize Me By the Horns"), where tape hiss and background noise become the focus of the music. "Weary of Pleading an Incomprehensible Cause" features painful high-pitched sounds, but everything else is relatively comfortable, although extremely challenging and obscure. You'd better have a strong stomach.

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