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MesseBasse: Ame

img  Tobias Fischer

Vincent Vigier (bariton-guitar, mixing and manipulations; also responsible for projects like douleurfantome / creature),  Azusa Kurokawa („singing“, drawings), Fabrice Richard (bass, sampler, fx) are joining forces for a half-hour collaboration on bassesfrequences. And they've delivered a masterwork of suspenseful ambient.

There is almost as much silence and empty space here as there is music. As a consequence, Ame is awarded that decisive bit more space, each tone developing the kind of threedimensional presence lacking in the majority of highly condensed productions by comparable acts of the genre. The work is  peacefully resting within itself and yet, despite its outward calm, it doesn't just come across as pleasantly flowing wallpaper, but urgently implores, nay forces, the audience to listen attentively. Motives are precisely placed – or at least, they seem to be – retaining their freshness even on repeat listens. And although the album as a whole prefers a mood of almost optimistic expectation over affected depression, it still retains a touch of alluring darkness thanks to its delicately corroded surfaces.

The mix, which deliberately moves plenty of details into the background, thereby structuring the listening space more intensely, is partly responsible for these impressions. So, too, are a refined sound selection and a remarkable sense of calm in the formation's interaction, which have resulted in a perfect release, published in a blue bassesfrequences envelope-cover with a double-sided, illustrated inlay featuring drawings by Azusa Kurokawa.

Anyone familiar with the work of Vincent Vigier's alter ego douleurfantome  may have been tricked into believing that this would turn into another foray into the realms of digital noise. Contrarily, though, MesseBasse have defied all expectations with a kind of tranquility and composure, even exceeding that of Vigier's second alias, creature. Ame keeps the promise of noise and yet, extends far beyond it, offering a volplane over the crests of unreality.

By Hellmut Neidhardt

Homepage: Douleurfantome
Homepage: Bassesfrequences Records

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