Bellenger - Vie Rapide [Slow Death Records - 2011]Since 2009 French noise maker & improviser Alexandre Bellenger has seemingly dabbled in all manner of noisy improv and experimental music-he’s utlized guitars, turntables, and analog synths to create his varied noise bound sonics. This new album appearing under his surname, and on the excellent progressive/ ambient French HNW lable Slow Death records, finds him focusing on creating a varied & mostly consistent HNW record.
Opening up the disc we have the just under thirteen minutes of “Tunnel” which sees Bellenger mixing together two continuous & pentrateing noise drones; one is set to barren billowing & the other to muffled industrial churn. Bellenger focus these two elements in a haunting & stark slice of ambient HNW which really gets under your skin.
Track two is entitled “Rôtisserie” and is the shortest of the three tracks here at just over the ten and a half minute mark. This track abandons the eerier ambient HNW drone of the first track for nasty & more electro fired wall-attack that’s taut ‘n’ drilling mixture of juddering, grating and buzzing noise textures that grind into each other in a very urgent & painful manner.
Lastly track three “Qui pète” and this takes up the lion share of the album with a running time of fifty minutes & thirty two seconds. This track starts as a locked, tense and taut mixture of juddering electro texturing & fixed swirling ‘n’ churning electronic drone scrapes. It brings to my mind looped footage of a humanoid robot trying stay a float in a sea of liquid static sea. As the track goes on the elements seem to get more blunt and melded together around the edges so it’s difficult to see where one starts and another begins- yet the wall still retains it’s urgency & focus, and in it’s lasts 9 or some minutes it feels like your heads been slowly and continual sawn into by the thick wave of sound.
So this is a nice varied collection of tracks that nicely move from stark, to grating and finally onto sawing deep channels of walled noise. I look forward to see if Mr Bellenger decides to do some more HNW based work in the future, as he really has a talent for the form.Roger Batty