Le Syndicat Faction Vivante – Morceaux De Choix

Le Syndicat Faction Vivante Morceaux De Choix CD Aussaat 2017

By virtue of the project’s name the direct relationship with the long standing French project Le Syndicat should be clear. Likewise with some further sleuthing it reveals that Ruelgo (…currently the only permanent member of Le Syndicat), has been joined by Saphi of another French project Nocturne (…but even then it is still not clear as to whether this pairing is for this album only or on a more permanent basis, or whether his joining is the reason for the slight moniker variation).

To speak of its sound and style, personally I do not have a clear appreciation of Le Syndicat’s rather extensive back catalogue (…extending back to 1982), thus I can’t say how this new album generally compares.  Yet from direct listening it can be deduced ‘Morceaux De Choix’ is rooted in a general amalgam of experimental, noise and industrial styles. The promo sheet further indicates that a particularly studio process referred to as ‘reflex piloting’ has been used in album’s production, which: integrates the loss of control and the surprise of generative errors, creating new unexpected sound forms.  Noting this statement provides a brief explanation of the creative process of recording, it provides some clear cues as to how the album sounds.  Equally the final results seem in part to emulate a style and approach derived from a much earlier era of experimental industrial noise music (…meaning the 1980’s from a time where sub-genres where far less defined).

With its mixed sonic approach, the tracks meander and swing wildly between moments of calm and chaos, where the overt layering of sound elements provides a high degree of complexity to the material.  Selected tracks follow atonal rhythmic industrial approach (…formed around pounding and manipulated programmed beats); while other pieces feature fractured higher pitched ‘needling’ elements and panning stabs and slashes of distortion; and yet others employ fast paced and disorientating sonic cut-ups (…which embodies a sense of creative control, despite these looser and jagged tonal elements).  As for the sound production, it has achieved a sharp and clear sonic palate, and with its forceful and clinical edge it at times articulates a type of ‘mad sonic professor’ vibe.

With 10 tracks spanning the best part of an hour, this is an interesting concept but based on my own sonic preferences which does not extend to being a ‘noise connoisseur’ I am not likely to return to on a regular basis, thus this release is best suited to those who lean towards an appreciation of controlled and occasionally frenzied dynamic noise (…with more fleeting industrial and experimental type sonic textures).

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