RELEASE: Des Fleurs Magiques Bourdonnaient
RELEASE DATE: 19th February 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Northern Light Records/Custom Made Records/Kinotone Records
Modena’s premier shoegazers unveiled their second album earlier this year. ‘Des Fleurs Magiques Bourdonnaient’ combines the floaty shoegaze sounds, for which Rev Rev Rev are well-known, with expansive psych sections that veer off very slowly to the edge of doom, and back again. The sonic palette uses fuzz in all its colours, from bright trebles to muddy, abrasive darkness. Layers pile on, song upon song. The record pulsates with a dark, trembling tension, like a huge sleeping beast – a mastodon, a mammoth, or maybe something with bigger teeth. And then, somewhere in the middle, the beast wakes up.
‘Buzzing Flowers Ecstasy’ bounces around in a swirl of shoegaze sound, its familiar aura lulling the listener into a daze. There’s a strong 60s feel to the spiralling psych of ‘Nightwine’. ‘Travelling Westbound’ dives and drives along, like a night-time trip along a mountain road, the stars above, bright and bewildering. The trip continues with the hopeful ‘We Can But Dream’, the dawn breaking on the horizon, suggesting that the future might well be bright. It’s on ‘Caffe’ though that the feel of this record changes. The scratchy fuzz rubs us up the wrong way. The lightness of the earlier tracks seems to be fading.
‘Je est Un Autre’ is a psychgaze whirlwind, cymbals and guitars crashing relentlessly. The menacing mood is maintained with ‘A Ring Without An End’, with its delays building on top of each other until it’s a total blackout. The searing lead guitar on ‘Ripples’ is the first sound that pierces through the swathes of smog. The strums are slow and the drums deliberate. We’re on the edge of doom here. Fuzz is the foundation for the next few tracks – ‘Plymouth Morning’ is full of fury. ‘Blame’ is an aural onslaught with its tidal wave of ear-shredding distortions. In ‘Just A Spot’, there’s a reprieve from the relentless rawness. With distortion and dread still flooding the senses, ‘Aloft’ arrives to close the album, woozy and warm – a safe haven to end a heavy journey through drone-filled darkness.
The album is out now on vinyl/ CD/ tape and download on Custom Made Music, Kinotone Records and Northern Lights.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.