Boomkat Product Review:
Riveting 2nd LP from French instrument inventor and composer Jacques Brodier for Penultimate Press (who released those amazing Áine O’Dwyer LPs); pursuing the mercurial themes of Filtre De Realité  farther into the ether, using his instrument to filter the reality of shortwave radio scree, together with harmonic strings, sensors, sheet metal and rotating glass spheres of sand.
As you may be able to taste from that itinerary of instrumentation, the sound of Xhos De Villemahu is highly synaesethetic; metallic, and generally coarse in nature, and given to move, buckle and warp with a quality that’s best reflected in the complexity of the artist’s own, absorbing sleeve art - coruscating and roiling, impenetrable and dreamlike.
The rug is persistently pulled from under the listeners feet, leaving us spinning in deep space without handrails or anything so much as a signpost, just a unmetered flow of contoured tones and rubbed harmonics that smudge and dissipate as easily as they appear, occasionally throwing up legible snippets of dialogue from the radio, but tending to suppress them back into the molten, effervescent mass whence they came.
We’re kinda grasping in the dark for comparisons, but it feels something like Decimus and Christina Kubisch collaborated on an electro-magnetic device synched to the stars and strange local radio. A sound that raises more question than it will ever answer but will surely unite everyone in agreement; it’s a proper trip.