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Raymond & Marie - Mersault [Formed Records - 2007]

Mersault paints your listening space in very gloomy and oppressive audio colouring, with its mix of slow and sinister improvisation, doomy ambience, bruised jazz tones and source recordings

Sound / musically wise itís made up of throbbing/ fluttering  world-weary double bass playing,  suffocating  and shadowy electronics manipulations and muffles, ringing dulled  guitar pitches  and  every now and then  percussive  elements from the drums.  In all there are three untitled   tracks here, with the first and the longest nearing the half an hour mark which  limps into life with itís bowed  double bass tones,as the track progresses guitar feedback and pitch is added as well as subtle electronic elements- as the double bass slips in and out of itís sad treading and wonderings. Track two comes in near the twenty minute mark and is all fluttering bird dying percussion, lone shadows stretches of bass, and drab peeling wall paper drone. The last track and shortest here once more finds the double bass very present with the guitar giving quite a sinister ground down metal tones on top along with strange percussive tapping and knocking.

A rather doomy and hopless slice of improvising that really wears down your hope & need to move from a slumped position over its hour running time, leaving you heavy shouldered and glum as it exits.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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