v/a: “Assortiment de F.H.”

v/a: “Assortiment de F.H.”


Fear Drop (Fr.) magazine #8, Spring 2001 :
Contrairement à beaucoup de compilation CD-R, celle-ci n’est pas un simple reflet d’une scène locale. Si plusieurs morceaux ont été composés par la “famille” de coeur du label (Le K., Somniak, Scars XS), de nombreux artistes internationaux ont été invités dans cette aventure aux multiples détours électroniques. Des plus lumineuses aux plus sombres, toutes les heures d’un soleil de synthèse ont été représentées. Les amateurs de chaleur s’attarderont d’abord sur les climats tempérés des morceaux des formations précitées (superbe titre dub claquant de Somniak sur le CD 1), pour une exposition maximale avec les oasis chromés de Ras-Al-Ghul. Aux Étages crépusculaires, les alambics de La Kuizine rappelleront les torsions de Myase ; les étincelles fugitives et lumineuses de The Infant Cycle permettront la nyctalopie. Pour des scènes en obscurité totale, on goûtera les plages présentant Delphium (nouvelle version d’un très ancient morceau) et son alter ego erratique Children Of Asmodeus, le morceau le plus abyssal de Mimetic (ici Case), ou encore l’atelier douloureux et mécanisé de Sisygambis. Longue promenade à luminosité variable, cette compilation rétablit l’attention sur les tendances les moins minimales de l’électronique sombre. On se réjouit de retrouver une vue colorée, de parcourir à nouveau le spectre digital déverrouillé.


Metamorphic Journeyman (Bel.) e-mag, June 2002 :
Compilations have the strength of diversity granted to them automatically – rare indeed do you find a collection of artists in one area without at least one or two tracks which make the album worth buying. And it often seems to be the case that artists find their true strength when surrounded on either side of a playlist by their peers. Often, as is the case with this album, the sum total album far outweighs the strength of the individual parts – and strong some of these parts are.I’m going to find it impossible to get through this review without making reference to another project which indeed is a kind of ongoing compilation. Once I decided how close to DIVINATION’s sound this was, I could not resist comparing it to “Akasha”. And hold your breath for this – this album seems to go much much further. Like DIVINATION, this collection spans the diverse tractless space between post-EBM Electronic music and strange, abstract soundscapes.The sparse separation between one ‘vocal’ track and another makes me think a little of THIS MORTAL COIL, where large areas were instrumental, and although the appearance of a human voice was always welcome, you never felt the urge to click through the intervening soundscapes.Certainly it would be nice to analyse this album through some kind of microscope, dissecting each track, squeezing the essential substance from each piece, and if I ever get time I will make it my duty to probe every corner. However, viewing the album as a whole, successful journey is so much more rewarding.Before moving on, as is the ruminant grazing nature of a reviewer, I just have to mention the cover, which obviously took a great deal of effort to create. You delve inside layer after layer to expose the CDs, individually packaged in a small paper sleeve. To Be Continued….



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