Boomkat Product Review:
The second release on Erik Skodvin (Deaf Center)'s Miasmah imprint is a stunning piece of music from Yann Tambour, the Frenchman who records under the pseudonym Encre. After the wonderfully theatrical 'Silva' compilation from earlier this year, Encre has come up with the perfect full-length entrée to a label which promises to be one to watch in the near future. Comprised of one forty minute composition, Tambour uses his Cello, voice and the natural sounds around him to slowly piece together a life-affirming symphony in the vein of Steve Reich, Colleen or even Deaf Center themselves. Beginning with the hushed, echoing sound of slowly scraped strings, we are subtly introduced to longer chords and the simplest of lightly plucked strings. This is a piece of music which you just have to let build around you, close your eyes and it gently arranges itself bit by bit, with elements appearing and disappearing gracefully and purposefully. The track reaches a triumphant moment of togetherness mid way through where every element is blended together before falling head over heels into the second half, a darker journey accompanied by the sound of rain pattering on a window. I imagine 'Plexus II' as the perfect midnight soundtrack, alone with a fire burning, perfect as darker nights loom. The album is celebratory and reverential, just in a slower more measured way than you would normally expect and as it ebbs and flows it allows you to sink into it's romance and cinematic excesses. Without a doubt Encre's most endearing moment yet, this is a fabulous example of an artist willing to take risks many would try to avoid.