artist: Jonas Van den Bossche & Benne Dousselaere
title: The Multiverse Ennui Can’t Last Forever
keywords: electronic experimental experimental guitar improv kraut noise psych weird Brussels
label: Silken Tofu http://www.silkentofu.org/
Antiquark starts like a euphoric Ben Hur anthem, but instead of a large orchestra it’s the beautiful strings of a synthesizer that rules the cinematic theatrical world over here. The music is as grand as a grand opening, and keeps the level high up in its sweet continuation of the improvised audio story.
The vision that appears in my head when the real story seems to start is one of horse feet galloping over a nervous ground, steam machines steaming up the scenery from all mysterious directions while nervous rumblings make themselves known like the balls on a pool table that gets hit by the wood of a professional player. It’s a mixed vision of a grotesque cinematic story with intimate scenes, and big experiences that will make someone with imagination hopelessly lost in all the perceived thoughts and ideas.
The music than becomes another chapter, one in which the previous scene seems to burn down in a crackling fire, and spacious alien laser lights are replacing the more classic vibe. It is here that strange guitar rumbling really grab the attention, making everything melodic and large while an electric sounding goose chatter quacks around for some comic relief.
A new chapter arrives in which this goose like sound is taking the time to have a delighted conversation with the sharp sounding distorted guitar. They communicate as if they are remembering old school arcade games and peck away their fondest memories between the two of them.
Next scene seems to be about them both appreciating the melodic attributes of these games, chatting around high and bright while they also fuzz and fight lightly in order who will have the highest and latest word about it all. It’s like Mario and Luigi having an internal conversation among brothers and expressing it through artistic moving ways. Of course the emotion are passionate and run deep, so the whole scene ends in an apocalyptic sound fight in which both sides do their best to outsource the other; but they are fair to say as equal in sound force; a match with no loser and no winner, but an gracious end of them both killing each other so perfectly.
A little melody of mystique and sadness pops up at the end, making me feel as an listener that the ‘brothers’ unarmed each other and made peace again for family’s sake.
Then it’s time for a completely new thing named Supersymmetry. This starts straight with the action, a case in which it feels as if with little short breaks the two improvising musicians have launched multiple rockets that fly up with heavy turbulence for some loud action somewhere else.
After the launches the scene keeps its scenery at the launch control buttons, making it feel as if we can hear the lights lighting up on the board, with additional strangeness that comes across as an alien encounter that has burned itself through the machinery of sound. It becomes a bit noisy, strangely crackling its way in and becoming more and more loud and bombastic. It’s a surprising happening when the loudness gets a nice fresh hissy sound and feel to it; as if a water pipe has been brought in to cool the heath down or perhaps a gas pipe has been cut to smoke the alien sound out.
It’s a calm moment when the humming gas-like electric sound field starts to fill up the space. But it becomes more and more thick, solidly spreading itself like an liquidator of silence with enough vibe to kill the sound of all otherness off once and for all.
Once the scenery had been hygienically rinsed like this, another bombastic form of alien decay manages to establish itself, the whole scenery is claustrophobic and shivering; even screaming and panicky non existing voices could be heard in the burning sound of abstract noise. It’s all cool until even the noise itself starts to communicate, slowly becoming more like a grumpy grilling buzz that sounds unhappy with the fact that the time is up and the sound release is over.
Bizarre, abstract, weird, moving and pretty much exciting material! https://silkentofu.bandcamp.com/album/the-multiverse-ennui-cant-last-forever