Boomkat Product Review:
Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin’s sole, eponymous, NWW-listed album is an arresting, far-flung landmark in the jazz/experimental/proto-industrial scape of the early ‘70s.
Up there next to The Sperm’s Shh! Heinäsirkat or that recently reissued Ammusic LP in terms of pioneering, early improvisational provenance, Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin is one of those records that sounds like it was transcribed from alien glyphs, eschewing “cultural code” to locate a broadly spacious zone of raw sound texture gleaned from western, african, middle-eastern and far-eastern modes.
The title roughly translates from french to signify their intentions; a pack of musical scavengers roaming in eschatological times, grubbing and scuttling around parched lands picking up strange instruments for the first time and exploring their sensitivities with a fundamental lack of reference or protocol - just feeling out a world of pure, unresolved instrumental sensation and atmosphere.
It’s a total bewt, highly recommended to fans of Pekka Airaksinen, Gruppo D’Improvvisazione’s most abstract, or early AMM.