Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from releases for Black Truffle and Shelter Press over the last 12 months, as well as publishing a manifesto for the future of music and presiding over the artistic direction of the GRM, François J. Bonnet unveils his latest Kassel Jaeger album with an exceptional side of mournful synth drone on a standout contribution to the impressive MMXX series.
Over the past decade Bonnet has emerged as a vital new figure within his field via a string of solo and collaborative gems with likeminds such as Oren Ambarchi, Jim O’Rourke, Stephan Mathieu, and Giuseppe Ielasi, that place his work as a continuation and expansion of classic experimental lineage. Everything he’s released over the last 12 months has scratched an itch, but Vol Sombre is quite unlike anything we’ve heard from him before, unfurling with dystopian romance and dread that almost sounds like Autechre’s most downcast productions, deployed with a quivering lip.
Over 20 minutes Bonnet demonstrates a knack for creating discrete sonic ecologies with a gorgeous tract of swaying, slightly curdled melody and viscous harmonic shifts that connote the sentiment of the piece’s title, opening time and place for elegiac contemplation that shouldn’t be missed by lovers of the most strangely affective electro-acoustic abstractions.
Proper stunner this one.