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Sizzle “LTDA”

The Ceiling (Ca.) website, Winter 2001 :
An interesting and hypnotic mixture of trip-hop, dark noise and melodies, modified bizarre sounds, and danceable beats from the little-known but always interesting French group. Imagine the wayward experimentations of Dome transplanted to the new millennium, and you may get an idea of the directions of this CD.

Metamorphic Journeyman (Bel.) e-mag, June 2002 :
This album is split into two parts (“Le Territoire Des Ames I & II”) comprising five segmented ‘tracks’ on each. However each piece runs into the next, making for a smooth, ever-transforming listening experience. It brings to mind the self-indulgent sprawls of FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON with the tight Dubby in-yer-face-ness of “Evanescence”-period SCORN. There are passages here which bring early NEW ORDER to mind, with simple guitar motifs hung in the air as querying shapes. I feel the album works best when it gets down to warm, dark mood music – certainly the ponderous bass-trawl of the sixth track has a rich depth which sets it ahead of many who have chosen to follow this style – unhurried, yet never too late at introducing new events to the mix; and the gloriously deep, soporific ninth piece, which would might have made an alternative soundtrack to some of the dreamier segues in LYNCH’s “Elephant Man” – particularly while he is still being paraded out at the freak show – a diaphanous dream-haze which seems to stimulate images of musical boxes and calliope, even ‘though they use no such sounds. And lastly the warm blanket of the concluding track which creates a simple spider’s web of guitar while nodding towards the like of late 70’s TANGERINE DREAM.Some parts of this album are self-indulgent ventures into found sounds set over skeletal rhythms – voices both processed and raw, scrapes and others.This is one of those albums which are not so much a collection of songs as a passage through a variety of different soundscapes.

Empty (Fr.) newsletter issue #8, December 2003 :
Quiet & melodic & low end/lofi dub ambient made circa 1999 by a french duo. I only has this record last week and these people live 40 km away from me. And i’ve been in touch with System Corrupt (who live in Australia) for 4 years now. All tracks are mixed into one another and it all sure makes you think of Muslimgauze or Astron or the quietest moments of Techno Animal : you could find worst references. Sad tunes you can whistle, beats you can slowly wave your body to and few vocal samples “comment Ça va ? pas très bien…” : music for grim monday morning breakfasts and it’s raining outside and why should i go to work.

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Sizzle “Natural Elements”

The Ceiling (Ca.) webpromo, Winter 2001 :
The follow-up to LTDA finds Sizzle compacting the experiments into easier bite-sized pieces. Catchy, moody, yet nonetheless very strange, Natural Elements may be the best place to start with this French group.

Metamorphic Journeyman (Bel.) e-mag, June 2002 :
When I first put this CDR on, I almost groaned at the opening piece – a plodding, ponderous piece of music which should have heralded the most dire of post-New Wave Art efforts. Thankfully however, this was merely a ruse to throw the listener off the true scent. For when SIZZLE fade the slowed to drugged dreamstate voice in, with rich warm bass, shimmering metal-coloured sequencer and harmonic layered keyboards, the true journey through this changeable wonderland begins in earnest.After the cumbersome opening, you might wonder if NICK BULLEN had not signed his divorce papers in the blood from that beer glass, this track may indeed have been where post – “Evanescence” SCORN may have been heading – less intense in structure, with a strong Jazzy undercurrent and a hypnotic insistance.From here the journey heads into machine-like Industrial loops which manage to blend the harsh with deep sonics to make this by turns cold & harsh, and seductively passive. There are definite moments where HAMPSON’s MAIN seem to be present in spirit – a sense of imminent change – a potent potential hangs in the air – the possibility of sudden change taking us to new and exciting places.SIZZLE take us on an odyssey of the imagination – unafraid to blend machine-logic with warmth of layered instruments, they come up with a music which transmutes from beligerant intensity to a lulling calm. More often than not this is rather simplistic, reducing the composition to one core sound which is nevertheless complex within itself.

Red Neon website (Be.), February 2004 :
Here is a perfect example of an album unacheived : there are good ideas but there is too much times when you said to yourself, that nothing’s hapening. A new and rerecorded version can be interesting. Sounds and concepts are interesting but i must say i didn’t like it in it’s actual format.

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Sizzle “Muermotivo”

Paradise Noise (Fr.) fanzine #13, November 2003:
Des ambiences froides, un univers claustrophobe, un regard dans l’abîme, la musique de SIZZLE pourrait parfaitement évoquer la fin du monde. Ici tout est synthétique, glacial, les machines laissent peu de place au sentiment humain. On est pas très loin d’un monde décrit par DICK, ou mis en image par des génies comme LYNCH. A posséder.

Fear Drop (Fr.) magazine #11, Summer 2004:
On se rappelle Sizzle, l’un des projets de M.Reina, alias Le K., manager du label Facthedral’s Hall, comme un territoire bouillonnant, où les drones en mouvements n’en finissaient pas de régurgiter d’épais fantômes mélodiques, issues de gestes ambiants souvent éprouvés. Aujourd’hui, si la texture est toujours visitée, il s’agit d’une contrepartie rythmique, aussi sèche que les premiers CDR’s étaient arrosés, mais également vivante. Au long des morceaux, plusieurs modèles rythmiques sont convoqués, depuis certaines conventions électro-industrielles élégantes, récemment héritées de musiciens comme Delta Files, ou Orphx, jusqu’à des effondrements en écho, ou plus loin des claudications éclairées par des harmoniques ondulants. Grain, ponçage, caisse claire franche, crécelle saturées, beats vissés, autant de matières dures visitées par Sizzle, discrètement augmentées de sons périphériques malléables, festons discrets.

Connexion Bizarre (Por.), October 2005 :
A second edition of “Muermotivo”, originally released in 2003 containing three bonus tracks. Musically, this album differs from “Full ScreenAp%gy” first of all by the use of more varied musical elements for realization of concepts. “Muermotivo” begins quite well: “Post 9 (I.G.M.)” tunes up on a specific atmosphere, “inviting” listener to walk, at least in imagination, on industrial landscapes to the accompaniment of Muermotivo and its noise ambient. The following track, “Photon Noir” continues in a slightly different manner, going deeper into unusual, avantgarde sound at the beginning, but right away going back to minimalistic electronic with doubled or even tripled combined beats and fine background. The bonus tracks “H.B.G.D. Select/Start” and “Funeral Process”, a drum’n’noise track, appeared earlier in music compilations. “Mantra” stands out from the other tracks in “Muermotivo” by featuring electric guitar. Besides the fact that the guitar is the leading sound here, it doesn’t contrast with the electronic elements and turns the whole composition into an organic structure without sharp edges. The album ends with two previously unreleased tracks – “Muermotivo – Golden Lazy Mix” (written by Padre PC) and “The Peek Sweep” (written by Patrice Bal). The first presents experiments based on breakbeat and the second ones is based on noise-ambient elements. [6/10]

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Sizzle “Full Screen Apology”

Connexion Bizarre (Por.), October 2005 :
Frankly speaking, music from French projects has constantly impressed me in a favourable way. It feels as if they are getting their inspiration from some other, very different source than projects from countries like Germany, UK, Belgium, USA or Canada (even though it wouldn’t be correct to assume that electronic music from these countries sounds the same). For some reason this release from Sizzle has led me to such conclusions. Not because it is something very special, but as a part of a set of French releases I recently heard. After starting with unhurried ambient, full of different noise installments, Sizzle unexpectedly morph their sounds to an experimental area, in the middle of the second track, “Videotech”. So the music for several minutes becomes more rhythmic and structured. After that we can hear ambient again, but this time even more impregnated with noise, which soon again transforms into a more precise structure. “Cathodic Education”, one of the last tracks, may be one of the best tracks in this CD – it presents unhurried electronica which brings about mental images of a city at night, full of lights and the special charm of night streets. “Full Screen Ap%gy” ends with a huge (over 13 minutes) track where a kind of selection from the previous tracks may be heard. The main faults of this release are a certain monotony as well as similarity between some tracks and music parts which make it lose some interest. [5/10]