French guitarist and electronics wiz, Richard Pinhas’ pioneering ways hearken back to the ‘70s with the band, Heldon
. Since then, he has continued upon a path, teeming with ingenuity via electronics and artful ensemble-based architectures. His latest effort serves up gobs of contrast, featuring violinist Philippe Simon. In addition, drummer Antoine Paganotti’s shuffle groove style brush-work nicely counterbalances the band’s silvery and at times, scathing electronics attack on "Dextro."
Jerome Schmidt, credited as the "laptop boy" here, assists Pinhas with the EFX, as some of these pieces signal in an apocalyptic muse, including driving pulses. Pinhas and associates produce darkly hued musical terrains, where a semblance of traveling through the cosmos might come to mind. More importantly, the musicians weave various storylines into the preponderance of this set atop synth overlays, searing guitar lines and cyclical movements. Hence, yet another mind-bending production from this estimable artiste! (Seriously recommended.... )