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Top 2020 de Lunes / Equinox

Sors-tu.ca, December 28, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021 Press

Musique synesthétique entre le visuel et le sonore, l’album Firmament de Moshi Moshi est une invitation à l’introspection sensorielle où les perceptions se mêlent et se transforment. Parfois guidées par une voix soul presque shamanique qui s’introduit dans la musique électronique coiffée d’un voile d’effets, les pistes de cet album électro-expérimental naissent de la rencontre des trois artistes multidisciplinaires Charlotte Clermont, Gabrielle Godbout et Émilie Payeur. Le titre, Firmament, rend bien la sensation d’espace infini qui se dégage des nappes sonores alliant noise et sampling qui racontent le chaos de la matière et sa danse dans l’Univers.

Le titre, Firmament, rend bien la sensation d’espace infini qui se dégage des nappes sonores alliant noise et sampling qui racontent le chaos de la matière et sa danse dans l’Univers.

The Best Contemporary Music albums of 2020

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, December 10, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020 Press

As the global reputation, reach, and repertoire of Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini has grown over the last two decades, one thing that hasn’t changed is the peerless string quartet’s dedication to performing the work of composers from its Canadian homeland. The Serbian-born Ana Sokolović has lived in Québec since 1992, and this collection underlines her unique sensibility, deriving ideas from her engagement with theater, ballet, and folk music. The centerpiece of the album is her three-part Commedia dell’arte, with each three-movement work named for and inspired by different characters of the Italian theatrical tradition. Here, she privileges evocation provided by extended and percussive techniques over traditional structures.

… one thing that hasn’t changed is the peerless string quartet’s dedication to performing the work of composers from its Canadian homeland.

Review

Laurence Donohue-Greene, The New York City Jazz Record, July 1, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Press

Tortues vapeur (Steamed Turtles) is a digital release from Montréalers Susanna Hood and Martin Tétreault, who really are performance artists more than musicians. The sounds they produce are primarily of electroacoustic provenance. Although the six tracks are given titles, they provide no guidance to their content. Each is an amalgam of noise, rhythms, textures, voice and snippets of previously recorded material, creating a sound-garden to be tilled or left fallow as the listener chooses. So regardless of how this process is described, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

… an amalgam of noise, rhythms, textures, voice and snippets…

Critique

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 125, September 1, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020 Press

Schell’s picks for 2019

Michael Schell, Sequenza 21, December 31, 2019
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Press

In a direct line from La Monte Young, Niblock is one of the sources of today’s dark ambient and Wandelweiser genres with his dense microtonal drone music for (usually) monochromatic instrumental groupings. Baobab again features Quatuor Bozzini, while Music for [pipe] Organ features Hampus Lindwall.

… highlights of 2019 that embody the breadth and caliber of contemporary Western art music…