Inspired by the book Traverser Du Désert, this Rrupt CD invites us on an introspective, bleak journey to a dark, distant wasteland. Eastern instrument sounds and chants are intermixed with haunting soundscapes to produce an entrancing musical hybrid. Modern electronic music, from ambient to industrial, mingles with strange ethnic motifs to hit a hypnotic groove. Endlessly oscillating between calm and tension, blending powerful rhythms and drifting abstraction, Rrupt has created a truly compelling album, dressed in an elegant package.
After several years spent publishing the luxurious fanzine Rose Noire in Bordeaux, then some magnificent books with very specialized concepts, the mysterious company Egone throws itself into sound production with this first album of Rrupt. More than a simple musical project, Traverser is in fact the meeting point of various uncommon artists. The ethno-industrial music of the sound designer David Baque is mixed with the calligraphy of Thomas Foucher and with the minimalist and abstract snapshots of the photograph Jean-Marie Arnouil who give some sound and matter to Lionel Tran's novel Traverser. With its superb digipak in which we can find some excerpts of the book, the album carries us away in the hero's wake, accompanying him with obsessing sounds, desert whispers and oriental loops. An ordeal in which you'll also find the wind, a scorching sun or an icy night that impose, track after track, a challenging sensation of infinite length. Juggling with the electronic, percussions and natural vibrations, this Rrupt's first album is very impressive as much for the quality of its sounds as for its evocation power; we really feel like we're walking out of a desert at the end of the record. To be discovered and followed.
~ Stéphane Leguay
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