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Elusive French noise and minimal wave enigma Manon Anne Gillis made these improvised recordings with XT, aka Antwerp’s Paul Abbott on percussive objets and Seymour Wright on sax, for Café Oto’s online broadcasts
‘Our / s Bouture ( s)’ is a fascinating glimpse into the unfixed soundworld of plastician, composer and performer Gillis, whose 40 years of recordings join the dots between spectral forms of minimal wave machine music and atonal abstraction with a subconscious-piercing sense of strangeness. In trio with Abbott & Wright she still proves to be a formidable creative force and porous to collaboration following poetic jams with Jac Berrocal in 2018, and noisier, cantankerous stuff with The Haters’ GX Jupitter-Larsen and Con-Do9m in preceding decades.
For this hour long session the trio initially play it down and fractious with layers of tattered tape loops and haptic textures slithering into passages of near-silent retreat, before Wright’s sax skronk urges them into more convulsive, arrhythmic roil resembling Wolf Eyes’ trip metal transposed to free jazz paradigms, or like Smegma tussling with Aaron Dilloway, and ultimately settling up their account with the windows open and hustling scrabbly, noirish audness shades away from that recent Alex Zhang Hungtai work.