Boomkat Product Review:
Solid guitar, synth and cello drones from French artists Antoine Gilloire and Renaud Bajeux, based on a series of photographs of Russia's Baikal Lake. Powerful ambient noize biz for fans of BJ Nilsen, Lawrence English, Machinefabriek and Fennesz.
Between Spring and Summer last year, Gilloire and Bajeux improvised with each other online, slowly building "Underwater Soil". They were inspired by photographs Gilloire had taken on a trip to Russia's Baikal Lake; Gilloire provided effected guitar, and Bajeux added modular synthesizer, cello and field recordings. The result is a glacially-paced slab of overdriven ambience that evokes images of frozen landscapes, pitch-black waters and howling winds.
Gilloire spins the track's emotional backbone with Stars of the Lid-esque sustained tones, while Bajeux pushes his synth into squealing cacophony, scraping the sound field with curled oscillations and jagged screams. Waterlogged environmental recordings provide the grounding necesarry to keep us rooted in the lake, unable to swim to the surface. Terrifying stuff.