Sylvain Chauveau


BY Eric HillPublished Oct 25, 2007

This first release for Type records marks a return to minimalist experiments for Chauveau after his surprisingly faithful album of acoustic Depeche Mode covers in 2005. Over the five brief tracks his strongest weapon is tension, built with the play of elastic and irregular intervals. This is demonstrated on opener "Composition 8,” where a few low-tuned electric guitar notes bob and eddy in a thick bass drone amongst the liquid popping of looped analog input contacts. The piece is bracketed by two louder "plug-in” noises, creating the illusion of a placid, self-generating oasis hidden from outer chaos. "P.” features Chauveau at the piano, seemingly attempting to recreate acoustically the overheard electric sounds of the previous track. "E/R” is something of an anomaly here; it’s an extended cycle of regular digital figures with little variation, not unlike contemporary minimal techno from Kompakt stripped of nearly all dance floor pretence. After another brief piano composition, closer "A.” is a simple, quiet song that seems to have been fed a drug and left to weave and stumble. Chauveau continues to prod the world of post-Satie classical piano composition into new enclosures with subtle electronic boundaries.

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