Eltractor DomUSticks IDEOTRONs

Quebec City's best-kept secret, Eltractor has been around since 1996, improvising and accumulating sounds and images. When you see them on stage, you notice that the live video editing that is projected on the giant screen cannot be seen without the music that is being played and vice versa; they are inseparable. That's why on their first release you are able to see and hear their work via CD-Rom enhancement. Every time you're in contact with Eltractor, you can't help but think that you are being brainwashed. I don't know if it's because of their slogan-like "Réveillez-vous!" (“Wake up!”), "Catapultez-vous!" (“Catapult yourself!”) or "Élisez-vous" (Elect yourself!), the video editing that is so fast or their acoustic/electronic music that is very hypnotic. "Pure juice," the last track of the album, is a perfect example of that phenomena. There's a dot in the middle of the screen and you can't keep your eyes off it. The images around it change quickly, but the dot, most of the time, remains the same. It only changes size to the rhythm of the music. After two minutes of this, you have to look away from the screen because you've seen too much and it's becoming confusing. "Tunalafontaine," on the other hand, is like a soundtrack to a weird version of the Discovery Channel's Crocodile Hunter or the movie Microcosmos. You see repetitive images of a bat jumping on its prey and when it captures it, you hear an analog sounds similar to the ones that were produced by an old Atari 2600 video game system. In a way, Eltractor is like a big laboratory experiment, run by the trio of Boris Firquet, David Michaud and Fabrice Montal. The result of their experimentation in audio and video art is one of the best records I have heard this year so far. (Ohm éditions)