Boomkat Product Review:
Outstanding, enigmatic “technopagan” sorcery and vocals from Egyptian-French artist Susu Laroche, with guest production by Oxhy, for the ace Primordial Void label who co-released that amazing Oï les Ox debut
Despite only emerging in 2020 with a trio of releases, Laroche possesses a clear and distinct aesthetic vision that already sets her apart from the milieu. Coming from a background in film and photography, she draws on dabke rhythms and, for the first time, singing in Arabic to explore ideas of ritual mysticism relating to her heritage, as well as references to 19th century occultist Madame Blavatsky, in a dramatic but not overly so) set of driving dune-dance grooves and synth textures ranging from needling and microtonal, to gloaming, Muslimgauze-esque pads.
The results remind us to a spectrum of music from Aisha Devi’s esoteric pop to Omar Souleyman or the atmospheric industrial tekkers of Bryn Jones and Bourbonese Qualk, charting a head-down and spiritually satisfying trek between the bellicose trample and pealing horns of ‘Yonder Brother’ with Oxhy, to the churning drama of ‘Incivility’, a Zola Jesus-like ‘Traba’an’, and thru to the aching cadence of ‘Nar’with its textured nose and crafty temporal mechanics, while channelling Cocteau Twins-like onomatopoeia in ‘Holy, Sad & Sly.’
100% Laroche is one to keep a beady ear on.