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Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, April 8, 2011

Philippe Lauzier and Pierre-Yves Martel, Montréal’s new free improvisation tag team. They seem to be everywhere these days, and that’s great: they’re excellent. This time, they apply their their approach to electroacoustic improvisation (close-miked sax and feedback for Lauzier; feedback and static for Martel) to the soundworld of turntablist Martin Tétreault. Tracks are in the five-minute range and explore gritty, acidic textures that will delicately gnaw at your eardrums. Lots of invention deployed using minimal means in unorthodox ways. Worth comparing to the Palétuvier project, the Denley/Lauzier/Martel/Myhr/Normand quartet and the splendid Lauzier/Martel duo Sainct Laurens released on &records.

Lots of invention deployed using minimal means in unorthodox ways.