Boomkat Product Review:
Precisely why Sebastien Roux's "Songs" album (for 12k) isn't more widely, and more frequently cited as the classic of micro-electroacoustic music it so clearly is remains a complete mystery to me. By the time of its release, Roux (a musical assistant at Paris' prestigious IRCAM) had already turned heads on the dazzling E/A/D/G/B/E compilation (also on 12k), and completed the album Pillow for the Apestaartje imprint. "Revers Ouest" is a more difficult work than "Songs", with a greater emphasis placed upon radiophonic abstraction. The human voice is at the centre of the album, drawing on fragmented texts and ruptured narratives, with two actors (one male, one female) taking the focus of the piece, alongside a jumble of acousmatic sounds and heavy electronic processing. From a technical point of view alone, Roux's compositions should be considered among the very finest in the field, but there's a sense of rationale and structure behind his obscure sonic portraiture that sets "Revers Ouest" on a more advanced plain than most. Excellent stuff - a huge recommendation.