Peter Thelen
Exposé, sept 2005, USA
review on

Cédric Vuille
“Des Pas Rayés”
(InPolySons 1003, 2004, CD)


Swiss composer and multi-instrumentalist Cedric Vuille may be better known as a member of L’Ensemble Rayé and former member of Débile Menthol, but this disc of his compositions (featuring himself on guitar, melodica, clarinet, ukulele, bass, kalimba, keyboards, ocarina, theremin, even vocals on one track, with numerous guests playing just about anything else imaginable) is a veritable calling card of eclectic yet ear-friendly sounds, performed mostly in an acoustic oriented setting - although the electricity does get turned on to varying degrees on most of the cuts. His craft is a varied and clever juxtaposition of styles, sliced, diced and mixed in the musical blender, well informed by European folk and pop, African and Caribbean rythmths, surf, rock, American blues and roots, classical and jazz. Most importantly, the sixteen tracks herein are lighthearter, playful and fun - this is not serious or dark music by any means; it’s hard not to smile and be cheerful while this disc is playing. Entirely instrumental save two cuts, the program here is so wildly varied that it completely eschews categorization of any type, or any easy and convenient comparaisons other than, perhaps his two aforementioned bands, for which he is one of the primary composers. A review of this begs for a track-by-track dissection, but rather than go there and spoil the wonder and mystery of it all, I?ll just say that it could easyly be summed up in one word : Tasty!

Edited by lanvert on 20 Mar 2009, 10:02

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