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Incredible solo debut proper by a core member of Set Fire to Flames, Fly Pan Am. Massive recommendation if you're into Ghédalia Tazartès, Jean-Louis Costes, Scott Walker...
Root Strata’s 2nd release of 2016 is an operatic, psychoacoustic dramaturgy animated by Montreal’s Jean-Sébastien Truchy, who is best known as a bassist for the city’s experimental rock firmament of the last two decades with roles in Set Fire to Flames and Fly Pan Am, beside a small but healthy corpus of solo work and low key collaborations.
We’d hardly expect anything less from Root Strata, but Transmission in an Expanse of Firelight, Hear Me! is quite astonishing; in parts as portentous as the title suggests, but also riven with quiet, spectral nuance and an eerie, plasmic, psilocybic presence that seems to shape the narrative’s fractal 3D mosaic of field recordings, urgent MIDI strings, and spiritually wounded vocals.
Comparisons are clearly waiting to be made between Truchy’s almost pre-cognitive visions of doom and despair and Ghédalia Tazartès’ unearthly mastery of avant-garde chanson, as much as the most tortured aspects of Jean-Louis Costes’ or Scott Walker’s purgatorial soundworlds, uniquely rending a history of musique concrète architecture at the service of strange, possessed and possessing songcraft which sounds as though it was channelled from a dimension very similar to our own, only much more warped and stalked by mythological creatures.