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Dan Maryon, Option, no 73, 1 mars 1997

This reissue of the 1984 album, one of the first on Ambiances magnétiques, adds another album’s worth of music recorded in 1996 that is true to the original and every bit as fun. Lepage and Lussier are standouts in the noise-and-sound avant-garde that has grown over the years with the success of the annual Victoriaville music fest. The pairing of Lepage’s sax and clarinet wails with Lussier’s dry, percussive guitar is at once playful and skilled. The pieces are presented as exercises in style prompted by les influences mécanistes, the juncture of the mechanical age with the age of technology. And while the album notes take on a nearly academic tone (albeit with tongue in cheek), the music ranges from accessible (playing with canned rock riffs or referencing wellknown themes) to intensely freeform. While at first I found this nearly headacheinducing, with a little time and more focused attention I began to enjoy the conversational style of these duets. They require attention—typically, what sounds at first like random noise becomes a theme that is built up and then destroyed. I can imagine the smiles on their faces as they recorded this.

The pairing of Lepage’s sax and clarinet wails with Lussier’s dry, percussive guitar is at once playful and skilled. […] typically, what sounds at first like a random noise becomes a theme that is built up and then destroyed. I can imagine the smiles on their faces as they recorded this.

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