Boomkat Product Review:
Les Fragments de la Nuit are a striking addition to Denovali Records' roster of dramatic soundscapers. 'Musique de Nuit' was imagined in Versailles by the ensemble's central composers, Ombeline Chardes (violin) and Michael Villar (piano/percussion), and played by their quintet also including Cendrine Mazzucco (violin II), Aurore Moutomé Miath (violin III), and Ian-Elfinn Rosiu (cello) - Ombeline also contributing vocals with Marion Gomard and Maryvette Lair. Theirs' is a richly emotive sound - hence their music was chosen for the trailer to the movie 'We Need To talk About Kevin' - and respectful comparisons have been made with Contemporary Classical notables, Steve Reich, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or Balanescu Quartet. Surprisingly they've not been compared with Kronos Quartet (perhaps too obvious?) with whom they share most similarities, imbuing the Contemporary Classical canon with epic elements of Doom Metal atmosphere and an acute sense of cinematic timing perfect for visual cues.