Tuesday, 2 July 2013

College - Un Long Sommeil/Départ

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

French electronica artist College has announced details of a new album, 'Heritage', which will be officially released in the UK on August 26th on Bristol-based experimental label Invada, something that usually acts as a reliable stamp of approval. David Grellier began tinkering with music software when he got his first computer in the late 1990s, inspired by artists like Aphex Twin and the Warp Records roster. It's stood him in good stead and led to his College project being held in high regard by the electronica community. Ahead of the album later this summer, two tracks have been posted online to offer a taste of things to come.

Unusually for an Invada release, neither tune is particularly unusual; both follow reasonably well-trodden musical paths, but they're well-trodden for a reason, and Collage is showing here that he does this type of thing as well as most. It's maybe 'Départ' that sticks closest to the rule book, but it's not exactly generic or quickly spat out routinely, there's a fine, pulsating tune here that takes the repetition and plays around with it, adding and taking away different styles of electronic percussion. 'Un Long Sommeil' sparks more interest though, generally feeling more considered and has more depth. The two songs aren't poles apart, but perhaps the variation and greater use of melody on 'Un Long Sommeil' is what sets it apart. Either way, the album should be a winner.

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Jul 09 + HYBOID (Live) Nouveau Casino, Paris, France

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