Boomkat Product Review:
Post Punk/New Wave survivor Laurent Prot a.k.a. In Aeternam Vale embraces a world of atonality and technoid impulses on Pink Flamingo, following from his Live at Berlin Atonal 2014 tape
“In Æternam Vale, long the best-kept secret of the french synth punk scene, has been revealed many times now.
This is about writing a new chapter of that 33+ years story, that begun in Lyon in 1983 as a band, whose leader Laurent Prot - an electronics pioneer and maniac - took over as a solo act since 1985. This new album (3xLP gatefold actually) explores another side of ‘IAV’, that echoes how Laurent sounds now - a ferocious take on techno, post-punk rhythmic elements and drone soundscapes, planted with unrestrained improvisation, and getting closure with a song time after time.
Ever building upon the everlasting influences of his first years : PIL’s punk sarcastic freedom, Suicide’s sexual rumble, Yello’s eerie dance moves, Kraftwerk’s accuracy, and Coil’s or Throbbing Gristle’s sense of transcendence and transgression, In Æternam Vale was never on hold for all those years. He has been relentlessly exploring all the spaces of freedom that electronic music has offered. To emphasize on how far he’s been going, we’ve put this album narration together, with intimacy, length, and space ; whenever the music had been made and how.
How this album was put together has a lot to say about how music is made in the In Æternam Vale universe…”