Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epp - Ice Exposure [Klanggalerie - 2020]Ice Exposure is darting ‘n’ subtly daring three-way collaboration that sits somewhere between jazz, improv, sparse electro texturing, experimental post-punk, and general mellow-if-crazed experimentation. It’s a forty-two-minute album that takes in sixteen tracks- which flirt between slightly wacky noir mood-ness, darting & building quirkiness, and a blend of the two. The release comes as either a vinyl release on Blackest Ever Black & a CD release on Klanggalerie- I’m reviewing the latter.
The release brings together the French trio of singer, composer & trumpeter Jac Berrocal, composer, guitarist and singer David Fenech, and visual and sound artist- Vincent Epplay.
The sixteen-track album moves from moody & expressive trumpet piping, bit biting electronics, darting noir drums/ guitars, and French spoken word of “Car Havana Midi”. Going onto the swimming static, baying harmonics, and bounding beat pulse of “Lisiere Island” which features touches of east promise horn work, and ghostly backwards ‘n’ forwards female vocals. Through to pin-pong ethic beats, trumpet wails, and snaking-bounding post-punk guitar tones of “Lower Mechanism”. Finish with a tolling-to-ringing blend of wayward electro texturing & radio voice texturing meets sadly wail trumpet playing of the final track “Take My Diction”.
If you enjoy where largely mellow jazz, darting improv, quirky-to-playful electronica, and light sampling meets- I think you’ll most certainly get a kick out of Ice Exposure.Roger Batty