Boomkat Product Review:
Deeply unsettling but unmissable debut of “feral gore feminist ASMR” from France’s Ronce, an experimental music project based on the female form and all the traumas that are tied to it, and released by the boundary-probing DAWN label - a big tip to fans of Félicia Atkinson, Perila, Prurient.
‘Lolita / Acteon’ contains a subversive feminist inversion of ASMR and contemporary porn themes backed with a bestial cut of terrorizing terriers. It’s definitely not for the easily shook, but for those interested, the record’s standout A-side supplies a disturbing take on the male gaze that ranks among the creepiest and most arresting sides we’ve heard in years.
Imagine Félicia Atkinson poetically taking cues from the “casting video” subgenera of pornography and you’re in disquieting proximity to the A-side’s ‘Lolita’. Smartly flipping the ASMR genre on its face, Ronce enacts the role of a 3rd party viewer sleazily commentating on the unfolding scenes, adapting the close-miked recording techniques of ASMR to take the style’s low-key erotic fetishisation somewhere far more uncomfortable. Touched with clammy, spatialized electronics also recalling Manu Holterbach’s EHŒCO or “quieter” Prurient outings, the results are singularly contemporary and an undoubtedly illicit-feeling, squirming listen that highlights “the female form and all the traumas that are tied to it” and gives voice not just to the artist but a “collective scream of feminism”.
Factor in a B-side of exquisitely sound-sensitive, high frequency electronics, bombed out BM tropes and growling ankle biters (or as Ronce describes it - "a translation of constant surveillance, self disgust, rage, desire (or lack of)..." and you’ve undoubtedly got a definitive, heavily chthonic record to start your 2020.
Highly recommended (but approach with caution).