Modern life is full of sudden unexpected turns. quelques usines fant?mes n°3 both observes and ignores the norms of traditional time signatures by letting in an uncertain between-ness, a quasi-balancing of our immediate surroundings with the inner self. An internal battle or an eternal limbo? On this recording Bruno Duplant seems to further be exploring a slowing of time, almost as if to boundlessly analyze the unseen. Within passing moments of static and pulse the silences deliberately begin to speak volumes about the weight of any gap in time and space. The way he gently blends creaks, snaps and other motor reflexes, however subtle, make for a listening experience intent on calming and stimulating the central nervous system. Thoughts of classic French cinema and 70’s science fiction flood the mind via the faint and pronounced reverberations that snake through this recording. The lows are transfixing, taking sweet time to burn out.
In a nod to one of his influencers, Luc Ferrari, Duplant has locked into an opaque, simulated dream state in a way that is wholly tangible, surrounding you with every tiny moment. Though there’s something irrational happening here, as if observing one’s stream of consciousness in real time. This circumambient sense of place falls away as scale and scene seem to languidly flux organically. In one moment the listener may experience a certain synaesthesia, perhaps aboard a jettisoning rocket miles above the ozone, and the next in deep contemplation amid a wide-open landscape. This constant massaging of the sedentary state is in a word, hallucinatory.
TJ Norris, May 2020
Label:Flag Day Recordings ?? FDR45Format:CD, AlbumCountry:USReleased:07 Aug 2020
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