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Reviews — Improv & Avant-Garde

Eric Hill, Exclaim!, January 1, 2004

Québec has been a haven for modern music in many forms for some time, but not with such diversity and visibility as in the last few years. Labels like Constellation, Alien8, Intr_version, Substractif, No Type, Victo and festivals like FIMAV and Mutek have fostered growth in rock, electronics and jazz. DAME has been a home for labels interested in improv, new composition and electroacoustics for ages, and now they are casting an eye on the future artists in these genres with Sang9, or “New Blood” as the word play translates. Over the 20 tracks we are treated to power lounge, breathless world/jazz (Melanie Auclair), car-crash rock (Face Dans l’dash) and a cappella phonetics (Kareya). Beyond the music itself, what is striking about the collection is how well it all fits together. Tastes aside, there isn’t a track presented that doesn’t provide some surprise and promise.

… there isn’t a track presented that doesn’t provide some surprise and promise.

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