Boomkat Product Review:
A COlourful Storm hold a light to the shadowy phantasms of French mystic Désaccord Majeur with the first vinyl of their work - a must check for fans of Coil, Organum, Zoviet France.
Compiling 3 tracks from the ‘90s/early ’00s, ’Sunquake’ is the first release by Jérôme Mauduit in any guise since his contribution to Rotorelief’s John Balance homage comp in 2006, and a split with Zoviet France’s Rapoon in 2003. His music occupies an absorbing twilight zone between dark ambient and post-industrial musicks, creating a sort of elusive but intoxicating, immersive Cinéma pour l’oreille from fragments of field recordings and “ethnic” samples rendered in amniotic ambient suspension.
Tipped by contemporary shaman Vladimir Ivkovic to Melbourne’s A Colourful Storm, the project necessarily takes on a new life with this reissue, which sets out his aesthetic in reverberating industrial dimensions and greyscale tones with the grumbling ‘Sat’, before expanding expectations with the head-swallowing cosmic synth yawn and tentative new age flute tendrils of ‘M.O.E.R.’, and really sucking us in with the 11 minute blinder ;Sunquake’. As far as we can tell this last cut is exclusive to the comp, and packs the kind of rarified early ‘90s ambient substance that’s worth the entry alone, recalling the darkest aspects of Global Communication, Coil at their most slithering, or indeed the atmospheric night visions of Mauduit’s label mate Muslimgauze.