Oiseaux-Tempête - Re-Works (2014)
Post Rock has been slowly dying for a decade or so now, reaching a point of such exhaustion that not even Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the undisputed titans of the genre, could revive it in 2012 when they dropped the long-awaited ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and it promptly disappeared with a shrug of uncharacteristic apathy. With the possible exception of “Mladic,” one of the most unremitting gales the Canadian collective has ever unleashed, ‘Allelujah! reverted largely to type, meaning it sounded very much like any number of bands who’d spent their careers mimicking GY!BE to varying degrees of success ever since Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven set the bar at an almost unattainable height in 1997.
Oiseaux-Tempête - Re-Works (2014)
Electronic, Ambient, Post-Rock, Psychsdelic, Experimental | Sub Rosa Records
320 kbps | MP3 | unmixed | 2014 | 54:22 | 125 Mb
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01. Nuage noir, pt. 1 (Leopard of Honour remix)(04:18)
02. Call John Carcone (Scanner remix) (05:33)
03. La traversée (Saåad remix) (04:49)
04. Opening Theme (Ablaze in the Distance) (Dag Rosenqvist remix) (04:53)
05. Nuage noir, pt. 2 (May Roosevelt remix) (03:35)
06. L'île, pt. 1 (Colin Johnco remix) (04:40)
07. Buy Gold (Beat Song) (Witxes remix)(05:32)
08. L'île, pt. 2 (Aun remix) (04:25)
09. Ouroboros (Harris Underwater from Do Make Say Think remix)(06:58)
10. Kyrie Eleison (Machinefabriek remix)(03:56)
11. Silencer (Richard Knox & Cyril Secq remix) (05:43)
The tightrope between critical acclaim and fan adulation is arguably as narrow in Post Rock as anywhere else in contemporary music. Try to step away from the established formula as Explosions in the Sky did with 2011′s “Trembling Hands” and you alienate the people who just want straight-up quiet-quiet-quiet-LOUD!; fill the rest of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care with straight-up quiet-quiet-quiet-LOUD! and you get journalists on your back bemoaning your inability to move on. The tightrope began to fray sometime towards the close of the last decade and had long since snapped when ‘Allelujah! made a belated, unsuccessful attempt to reconnect its ragged ends from depths of the baying pit of Post Rock lifers surviving on a stale diet of Mono, Red Sparowes, and Russian Circles.
Now enter Oiseaux-Tempête, a trio of musicians whose self-titled début album was released by the Brussels-based Sub Rosa label at the end of 2013. Previously known for their work together in FareWell Poetry alongside Jayne Amara Ross, guitarist Frédéric D. Oberland and bassist Stéphane Pigneul are here joined by Ben McConnell, a drummer with Beach House, Marissa Nadler and Au Revoir Simone. Oiseaux-Tempête was unashamedly “Post Rock” inasmuch as it based itself around the genre’s established sonic tropes, but it managed to expand upon them with such grace and subtlety as to make it one of the most easily palatable albums of its kind for many years. Utilising imagery provided by the French filmmaker Stéphane C., Oiseaux-Tempête find favour amongst both sides of the critical swarm. There’s enough build and break to keep the lifers happy, and just the right amount of experimentation and oddity to appease the progressives without it ever detracting from what, ultimately, pays for the band’s bread and butter. At various points throughout Oiseaux-Tempête‘s substantial running time it was possible to hear elements of sludge, doom, ambient and even jazz.
It is telling that so many artists from different musical backgrounds have been happily recruited to re-work tracks from the album. Scanner, Witxes, Machinefabriek, Jasper TX’s Dag Rosenqvist and Do Make Say Think‘s Justin Small all provide stand-out contributions, and I like to imagine the inverted set of praying hands that adorn the album’s front cover are a reference to Godspeed’s aforementioned classic. It would certainly befit the trio’s sound, which has, finally, got that tightrope sewn together again. It’s now down to the rest to brave the crossing.