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Vague Imaginaires – L’Île Volante – CD – Versatile Records

“Anchored in the real world to better escape it.” Vague Imaginaires collaborates with marginalised individuals;

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Like some film directors, Vague Imaginaires (“Imaginary Wave”) will sometimes collaborate with non-professionals: homeless, psychiatric patients, social workers, refugees… the left-behinds. The melancholy within his music is “that of those who couldn’t leave for the stars or the islands, the great tragedy of the forgotten ones.”
His music is characterized by entanglement: double melodies interweaving, and synths fusing with non-musical sounds: “Crickets in a palm grove, rain on a barn, freshly cut pieces of wood clicking, spring water running on froth, birds in the meadow, coal clattering on a fire, thunder on the lake, soft waves on the beach. These enchanting sounds that make places what they are.”
Anchored in the real world to better escape it, his music comforts and reconciles us with it, transforming reality into “a new, voluptuous world, a graviton-less exoplanet, like flying in a dream. »

Comme certains réalisateurs de cinéma, Vague Imaginaires collabore à l’occasion avec des non-professionnels : sans-abris, patients d’HP, travailleurs sociaux, ouvriers, réfugiés… le ban de la société. La mélancolie qui habite sa musique « est celle de ceux qui n’ont pas pu partir pour les étoiles ou les îles, c’est la grande tragédie des oubliés. »
Ses compositions se caractérisent par les enchevêtrements : ceux des doubles mélodies, et ceux des synthés avec des sons non-musicaux : « Les criquets d’une palmeraie, la pluie sur la grange, l’entrechoc de bouts de bois fraîchement coupés – un peu de douceur après beaucoup de tronçonneuses – de l’eau de source qui coule sur la mousse, les oiseaux de la plaine, les cliquetis du charbon sur le feu, le tonnerre sur le lac, les vagues douces de la plage. Ces sons enchanteurs qui font de chaque lieu ce qu’il est. »
En s’ancrant dans le vrai pour mieux s’en échapper, il console et nous réconcilie avec la réalité, que sa musique transforme en « un monde nouveau, une exoplanète sans gravitons, un monde de volupté, comme quand on rêve qu’on vole. » 

paru le 20 octobre 2023

artwork by Guillaude De Ubéda

Denis Morin – Cold Ubiquity – digital album – Là-haut dans l’Océan




The album is in the Bandcamp Daily’s best of ambient, March 2018 ! —>


Denis Morin’s newest offering for French label Là-haut Dans L’Océan is a lush exploration of birds chirping in echoing circles, watery samples, and shimmering pads. Cold Ubiquity plays with the tones and pitches of a large variety of bird calls. The second half of the record is more synth-based, with pixelated melodies fluttering throughout. Some of the tracks were recorded in a 1400m altitude environment, and the whole record was made to be listened at that altitude “while snow melts in a little stream on the path.”

Aurora Mitchell – Bandcamp Daily

Denis Morin – Working K – Vinyl EP – Stochastic Releases

Denis Morin is from Grenoble, a french provincial city located at the meeting point of three valleys of the Alps. This city is both high-tech and nature-oriented, due to its quite new history and location, respectively.
This EP contains 4 tracks, who are different versions of a track named Working K, eponymous to the EP.
There is the main mix by Denis Morin, which contains sampled « natural » sounds such as insects, guzheng and one of the heaviest kick in the whole spectrum of kicks that you can have access to nowadays. Yes that is a strong statement. So yes this main mix is a good reflection, I think, of this hybrid city of Grenoble, if you visit you will get it, maybe. It is dark, bitcrushed, obstinated. It is long and heavy, it is deep, it is ambient, it is not ambient.
And then there is a remix of this main mix by Denis Morin: abstract, progressive, like a ghost version of the main mix. Like this famous Burning Spear record « Marcus Garvey » and the dub version of it « Garvey’s Ghost », you just need both.
On the B side, you have an edit by Krikor, also known as Crack Boy, the gear master with the poisonous sounds, with the uncomfortable lines, who produced a lo-fi dancefloor ready track. But this is yet a strange dancefloor, a damp suffocating dancefloor, you don’t need to move to be sweaty and you don’t need to fear to be scared. You don’t need to move to be dancing as well of course.
And then there is the light, the cool breeze, the openness, which is the track by Stewart Brown from 12th Isle collective. This track is even deeper than the main mix itself, due partly to a particularly resolved and rich hi-hat sound. As I was taught at school, any conclusion should open to further ideas, well this is exactly what it does. Let’s go swimming or hiking or stay home as you wish.
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