Jacques Beloeil – The Bath of Stars (Entr’acte, 2010)

Jacques Beloeil
The Bath of Stars

CDr Entr’acte E102 (UK, 07-2010)

01. The Bath of Stars i
02. The Bath of Stars ii
03. The Bath of Stars iii

Made in London in June 2010 with ideas and sketches recorded on cassettes which were rediscovered in a shoebox.

Some albums just defy all attempt at categorisation. The French composer Jacques Beloeil’s third album for the Entr’acte label is one such release. The first track, lasting less than three minutes, consists of flickering glitches of processed sound that slowly breaks up into a stuttering Oval-esque barrage that ends just before you have time to check the disc for scratches. By contrast, the second piece clocks in at a little over 45 minutes, and opens with the sound of an old mechanical telephone being dialled, followed by the nostalgic purr of the dialling tone. This remains for a while until slowly subsumed into a gentle throb of very deep bass and semi-rhythmic squealing abstraction, these elements seemingly evolved from the telephone recordings, but moulded into completely new forms. This long, gently seesawing, speaker-testing stream of almost subsonic pulses very slowly coalesces into a structured rhythm that touches on the realms of Minimal Techno before eventually stripping itself back down to the raw telephone sounds and ending with the click of the handset being replaced in the cradle. If the contrast between the album’s first two pieces wasn’t enough, the final ten minute track pushes the quirky count up even further. Opening with an Ambient, vaguely post rock-like shimmer, the track veers close to New Age territory as slowly turning piano notes wander dreamily past. Just when this pattern begins to have a tediously somnolent effect, the music fades and a thoroughly cheesy tune appears for the last four minutes, as if someone just pressed a preset button on an early Casio keyboard. As intriguing as it is often annoying, Bath of Stars ignores all current convention, combining a darkly humorous playfulness with a sense of Dada absurdity and no small degree of compositional skill. File under bafflingly interesting. (Richard Pinnell, The Wire)

Réalisé en juin 2010 avec des idées et des schémas retrouvés par hasard dans un coin de la maison ! Une électronique minimale aux vrombissements envoutants qui habite notre espace comme les ronronnements d’un chat. Confortable et plus qu’agréable. (Metamkine)

FR Voilà un disque curieux… Pas bizarre, pas étrange, juste curieux dans le bon sens du terme (oui, ici c’est un compliment et une qualité). La première édition est épuisée, un second pressage est toujours disponible, si vous vous dépêchez vous pourrez peut-être même l’inclure dans votre bilan des meilleurs albums de 2010.
ENG Here’s something curious… Not strange, not weird, just curious… but in a good way. First edition is already sold out, the second edition is still available, so you can buy a copy and maybe add this album to your year-end list of favourite albums of 2010.

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