A fascinating debut record from the Paris leftfield agitator.
The Bruits de la passion cofounder has made her first forays into production this year, first with a compilation track and now with an EP, Dans les Lunes. The four-track effort accompanies her edition of the Futur 2010 fanzine, and she describes the whole package as "an invitation to take a slower, more grounded and non-linear gaze at the universe and ourselves; a reflection tinged with spirituality and mysticism, mirroring the female cycle and its sacred character..."
I find myself at a disadvantage because I possess neither the fanzine nor anything beyond a bluffer's knowledge of French, but the music here is intriguing enough on its own. Each track delves into a female archetype: "The Witch," "The Virgin Warrior," "The Mother" and "The Enchantress." In a way similar to OKO DJ's sets, it's difficult to describe what's going on here. "The Witch" could be a modern post-punk update on Brigitte Fontaine and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's singular explorations, while other tracks avoid beats entirely, landing in deeply experimental, ASMR-informed zones. The lurching closer, "The Enchantress," is one of the coolest downtempo tracks of the year, asOKO DJ blithely intones a laundry list of primal desires over a lurching, 100 BPM wave track.