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Gary Flanagan, Nightwaves, no. 6, May 1, 2000

I can’t believe that this is the same band that gave us Bavards! It seems that Côté, Falaise and Saint-Onge have attempted to create a dramatic about-face from their debut… and they have succeeded enourmously. Muets (the french word for silent) is a perfect title for this work. Unlike their debut Bavards which was a kinetically spastic venture into the fringes of jazz, Muets is an eerie, subdued, atmospheric slice of ambience. Many of the tracks are very unsettling and dark, an audio equivalent of introspective solitude. If you’re not prepared, track 4 willliterally scare the shit out of you (even the album cover artwork is somewhat disturbing in a pseudo-psychotic kind of way). Much credit must be given to Klaxon Gueule for having the bravery and creative spirit to not just repeat themselves. They are avant-garde artistes who excel at pulling the listener into their strange, dreamlike world. Muets provides a soundtrack to the most frightening imagery possible… that which is in our heads.

They are avant-garde artistes who excel at pulling the listener into their strange, dreamlike world.

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