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¥768 nebulo. avutma. cd. september2k8

 

tracklist:

lactoz pill *.mp3
liminal *.mp3
p *.mp3
evice / revengine *.mp3
accident *.mp3
stramir *.mp3
kido / pause *.mp3
substeel animal *.mp3
limbes / coton-poudre *.mp3
videogamma *.mp3
trembledoux / varia p *.mp3
sirenavutma *.mp3

avutma is the latest release by nebulo after the album kolia, two remixes for architect and hecq, and even freely available nebulo ringtones. the outstanding french artist thomas p. with this cd has
created a closed opus that might be seen as a concept album in which the listener has to decide what the concept is.

nebulo's subtle approach forms a complex fictitious scenery by using seemingly minimal resources that are more visible than ever. electronically treated instruments like organ and piano, combined with
synth layers and modified beats generate tempers that range from surreal to melancholic or even nearly frightening. listening to 'avutma' is like walking in a dimly lit basement never knowing what's
behind the next curve, and who or what is actually casting these shadows on the walls...

nebulo's trademark, a connection between ambience, idm, clicks'n'cuts and post-musique-concrète collages is presented here once again. as a reviewer wrote: "surreal dreamscapes painted with tears and sometimes even blood" - avutma might be the soundtrack of today's grand guignol.


magagin.de
http://magagin.de/reviews/400
freunde von industrial und experimental music dürfen im jahr ein paar mal mehr weihnachten feiern. immer dann, wenn hymen records ein neues release hervorzaubert. die kleine schwester des bedeutenden labels ant zen beschert uns nun ein besonders schönes präsent. „ãvutmã“ heißt das ding, sein schöpfer nebulo – idm/ambient vom feinsten! der franzose thomas pujols, der sich hinter dem mystischen nebulo verbirgt, veröffentlichte bereits vor zwei jahren sein debüt. nachdem „kolia“ die messlatte schon ordentlich hoch gesteckt hat und in der magagin-redaktion als sahneschnitte der 2006er-experimental-releases geahndet wurde, darf man nun sehr gespannt sein, ob „ãvutmã“ seinem vorgänger das wasser reichen kann. es kann. nebulös wie das pseudonym verspricht, ist auch diese platte: verwunschen, surreal, rätselhaft, ein bisschen unheimlich. neben einem ausgewogenen maß synthetischer klänge und beats scheut nebulo aber auch nicht die echten instrumente. klavier und orgel, glockenspiel und sogar eine e-gitarre liefern einige überraschungseffekte - so in track 9. da donnert es plötzlich brachial los, mit trommeln und allem. dann entfaltet sich ein zartes elektro-gefrickel minimalistisch vor sich hin. assoziationen in allen farben und formen. bedeutsam ist auch, dass die einheit „track“ für herrn pujols offensichtlich eine zu grobe unterteilung ist, sodass einige songs nochmals gesplittet werden, um auf den kleinsten gemeinsamen nenner zu kommen. „ãvutmã“ ist wie ein mosaik, das erst in einzelne winzige steinchen zersetzt wird, um daraus dann als gesamtkunstwerk zu erstrahlen. nebulo hat diese aufgabe mit perfektion bewältigt. „ãvutmã“ bedeutet im türkischen so etwas wie zuspruch oder trösten. diese platte vermag bestimmt ein treuer freund zu werden: unterhaltsam und aufrichtig. ein prima begleiter und so komplex und synästhetisch wie filmmusik, zu der man keinen film mehr braucht. (l. krutzinna)

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's website:
http://www.machinistmusic.net/reviews/nebulocd2008.html

cuemix
http://www.cuemix-magazine.com/cuemix/inhalt.php?image=911
let me say it right from the start, with his new album “avutma” nebulo build a monument for himself. after the release of his album “kolia” it was a fact that he owns a special talent to combine idm with carefully selected electronica elements and kind of classical elements. now with the creation of “avutma” he sharpened his profile by finding a way to fuse freedom for the listener and a kind of concept in his music. the rising tension of this musical narration is nonesuch. the first tracks of the album doesn’t own any rhythmic elements but the flow of the sounds and edited natural instruments build a unique rhythm in the head of the listener. than when nebulo uses beats the sounds change their timbre and staff the role of the storyteller. but all that happens without any hectic or agitations, the beauty of the sounds have the weight and can make walls come tumbling down. nebulo leaves it all to the listener of his compositions, where the journey and where it starts. the beauty of the sounds, the joy and the bitterness dispersed with one note was never heard before. this album creates a free space for the listener, a place to resist all the music that wants to take control over its listener… absolute beautiful, unique and path breaking….

gothtronic
http://www.gothtronic.com/?page=23&reviews=5304
this album from nebulo on hymen records sounds partly like your typical hymen release, but is also very special in sound. it has the usual sounds of idm glitch and break-beats, but also some experimental post-rock elements. it’s also more emotional and less clinical then some of the hymen acts, which is also what makes this release somewhat different. on the hymen site there are some lines about this release: ”… with this cd has created a closed opus that might be seen as a concept album in which the listener has to decide what the concept is.”and also: “… listening to 'avutma' is like walking in a dimly lit basement never knowing what's behind the next curve, and who or what is actually casting these shadows on the walls... … avutma might be the soundtrack of today's grand guignol.” this is actually a pretty good synopsis on what the music is about. the music is very involved with the listener in its combination of sad, uplifting and raging structures. the various emotions of us humans are on display here. we go through quiet piano pieces, glitchy space sounds and harder distorted fragments. it feels like some sort of musical abstraction of someone’s emotional life.this combined with broad musical knowledge makes this a very impressive release. the album again contains beautiful artwork by our good man salt. so put it on your shopping list quickly! (fabian)

goon
http://goon-magazin.de/index.php/2008/10/11/nebulo-avutma/#nav
das licht ist weniger grell dieser tage. dafür sind die kontraste intensiver. dichtes gelb und tief tönendes rotbraun. elegisch ziehen elektronische winde übers land, stürmen von zeit zu zeit in rhythmusböen einen sich wiegenden wald. es raschelt allerorts. zweige brechen im statischen knistern. und dann diese stille vor dem sturm. die nebelschwaden über zerfurchten klangfeldern am frühen morgen, wenn die sonne implodiert. das knacken der ersten frostsprengungen im untergrund. irgendwo wird ein haufen blätter von einer windhose davon getragen. auf seinem zweiten album differenziert thomas pujol sein klangspektrum weiter aus. er driftet zwischen ambient, electronica und glitschigen hiphop-breaks. die hektischen ausbrüche werden von einer allumfassenden ruhe begleitet und im zaum gehalten. ginormous und kettel treffen flying lotus, plaid und frog pocket in einer art stiller breakbeat-meditation zwischen modulierten spieluhren und überlagerten nanopianos. bereits auf seinem debüt »kolia« (hymen) hatte der franzose einen cineastischen soundtrack vorgelegt, der aus minutiös geschichteten bildern bestand. sein nachfolger bewegt sich mit derselben genauigkeit durch eine melancholische, farbenfrohe und turbulente herbstlandschaft, die den vermaledeiten sommer schnell vergessen lässt. (jens pacholsky)

yes yes y'all
http://www.yesyesyall.org
i have been listening to avutma on constant rotation because the tracks on this album are stellar, just straight up stellar. i've also been a huge fan of french native nebulo since his 2006 release of kolia which quite frankly was the idm/ambient album of the year. what's really outstanding about nebulo are his compositions, sound, energy, and everything in between. a truly epic effort for a very cinematic album. if your a fan of hecker your in for a real treat. not only is it as classic and timeless as harmony in ultraviolet but it is as unique and beautiful sounding with a very distinct perspective. ness will agree with me (i'm sure), but this is very inspirational music to work too.  for me personally, its great music to reflect on as well. this album is flying under all major radars (emusic, itunes). finding it was very difficult. the only places i found that you can get the release were mostly in europe and i wish i could point you to a particular website to buy it. i found it on amazon, the omega order, n5 mailorder and equilibrium. you can order the album from hymen records, too. you have to do your best to get this album. it's well worth the time and money. look out for upcoming nebulo remixes from architect and hecq as well.

der medienkonverter
http://www.medienkonverter.de
fragmentarisches sounddesign, das klingt wie fallende nadeln oder collagenhaftes übereinanderlegen von tönen, ist kennzeichnend für nebulos musik. schon auf seinem debüt "kolia" bastelte der franzose thomas p. seine musik aus versatzstücken. sie wirkten wie mit schlechtem leim zusammengeklebt und zerfielen zeitweise beim hören wieder in ihre einzelteile. "avutma", sein neues album, verfolgt ein ähnliches konzept. minimalistische electronic, synthies, gitarre, klavier und sogar orgel folgen scheinbar lose aufeinander und bilden eher eine stimmungs- als eine reihenfolge. dazu clicks'n'cuts, die ein wenig struktur vortäuschen. "avutma" entpuppt sich als unvorhersehbar, als klangerlebnis mit überraschenden wendungen. stets einer gewissen schwermut tribut zollend, erbaut nebulo phantasiegebilde, die sich ständig verändern. getragene synthieflächen, heftige gitarrenriffs, orgelpassagen, glockentöne oder geräuschsamples, alles wird in unsichtbaren mustern zusammengefügt. damit wird "avutma" schwer in seiner gesamtheit erfassbar, ist dafür aber stets abwechslungsreich. thomas p. hat nach "kolia" noch einmal erneut ein stilles, seltsames, faszinierendes, nur manchmal etwas zu bruchstückhaftes werk geschaffen, auf das die beschreibung des labels diesmal perfekt passt: "[avutma] kann als konzeptalbum angesehen werden, bei dem der hörer selbst entscheiden muss, was das konzept ist."

vital weekly
autumn has reached the north western parts of europe. apparently it has also reached the sound of french composer nebulo. the yellow-red toned colour of leaves and paling trees on the cover-sleeve in itself reveals the melancholic tone saturating this second full length of nebula. the twelve pieces on the album titled "avutma" swims in the borderlands between ambient textures and idm with elements of clicks'n'cuts adding a little complexity to the otherwise gentle tone. momentarily the compositions turns slightly noisier, otherwise the listener is brought safely across an ocean of comfortably drifting expressions. beautiful. (nm)

dmute.net
http://www.dmute.net
révélation française de la célèbre maison hymen, nebulo signe avec ãvutmã son deuxième album. on retrouve dans la musique de nebulo tous les ingrédients qui font d'ãvutmã un produit 100 % idm. les grooves rappellent ceux de clark. l'ambiance évoque les travaux d'hecq. le tout a une vague parenté avec autechre. nebulo fait parti de cette frange d'idm qui aspire à plonger l'auditeur dans un engourdissement dépressif. les claviers pleurent leur chant sur de précieuses rythmiques cristallines. les compositions sont des constructions fragiles qui oscillent sans cesse entre l'explosion et la rupture. ãvutmã allie l'orgue sacré aux cloches de verre célestes tintant les unes contre les autres avec délicatesse. nebulo cultive tantôt la dissonance pour donner à ses fantasmagories un parfum de mélancolie (lactoz pill), tantôt l'harmonie légère et stéréophonique pour les rendre féériques (stramir). son idm est bien ficelé, il est vrai, mais on pourra regretter qu'il peine à se distinguer de la production actuelle. les quelques accents post-rock sur coton-poudre ou indus sur videogamma ne seront guère que les seules surprises qu'il nous réserve. l'album est bon mais n'apporte rien de neuf, si ce n'est qu'une façon de plus de faire une musique déjà entendue. qu'à cela ne tienne, ce bémol ne vient en rien entacher la qualité d'ãvutmã. les amateurs du genre sauront reconnaître dans ses compositions précautionneuses une maîtrise du glitch qui n'a pas à rougir de ses influences. (tehanor)

sonic seducer
http://www.sonic-seducer.de
zu den aktuellen hymen acts mit am schärfsten herausgearbeitetem profil darf man zweifelsohne nebulo zählen. aus einer reihe von genreversatzstücken aus ambient über idm bis hin zu collagierung von feldaufnahmen extrahiert der hinter nebulo stehende thomas p. einen eigenständigen electronicasound mit hang zum surrealen und düsteren, welcher im verlauf des albums mit weit mehr als nur einem kreativen hakenschlag aufzuwarten weiß. am spannendsten wird es immer dann auf „avutma", wenn p. die rhythmische auskleidung der tracks etwas an den rand schiebt und sich mehr dem klang an sich zuwendet. dann entstehen wunderbare momente wie der majestätische wall-of-sound in „substeel animal". tipp!

tokafi
http://www.tokafi.com
asides from the simple fact that they appear, fragile and self-possessed, solitary and rich, the muscial themes of avutma seem strange since they are displayed as a delicate ecosystem of manifold density.  in presenting this ambiguous world of fiction and fragmentation, all held in check by a fine feel for rhythm and texture, nebulo injects expression and vulnerability into the debris of modernism. different tones, playing styles, and effects are chopped and channelled into dense repetitive layers that capture the imagination with consistency.  a gentle interplay of accents, declarations, questions and answers follows, unfolding in a blithe manner, but with enough blurred details to keep the succession of events well beyond predictability. there is thus no apparent attempt to lead the music in one direction or another.  instead, he maintains a contradictory tension that indirectly fosters a constant becoming, rather than a simple chameleon changing of colors.  "lactoz pill" ensphere's slender threads of sound with looping squiggles, spackled with beats of bracing grittiness.  all of these antagonistic elements create a complex unity touched by calm gentility, subdued confusion, and indiscreet animosity.  these units then splinter, shift about in a tactful bit of subterfuge, and finally rebuild themselves into significant variations on the same basic template. ghostly networks are the stuff of "stramir", evincing the potential power of the fragment to entice and swiftly enshroud the external environment in its fine latticework.  without steering the proceedings into glum sentimentality, organic instruments are made manifest in the odd place over the course of the albums duration.  most notably, "limbes/coton-poudre" builds from a relatively stable sonic backdrop, broken by wet, whimpering cries of alien hatchlings.  in due time, a ghostly warble cycle and a barrage of clicking digitalia expands the scope of the action, before the sharp silver hues of an organ sets the whole surface aglow.  there is a childlike freshness in these rich and serious sonic excursions; nebulo gracefully setting off in a variety of directions with little apparent concern for where he'll end up. (max schaefer)

heathen harvest
http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20090130120655505
the work from a man is the eternal variation of a same thematic borges said. an idea that gets reflected in the mirror of the infinite in which the self looks into, it’s the same question asked from different syntax constructions, basically finding the same response almost like in the play from the same song with different chords, different instruments and different musicians, cutting its parts and pasting them in different sequentiality or taking parts away and leaving silences in between. in that sense, art is a repetition, a relentless reconstruction of the universe around and within the self, limited to his inner contents and perception. music is recycling. of course there is some recycling that is better than others. and this is not a matter of simple knowledge, or rational understanding, perhaps it has more to do with sensibility and perception actually. a work like “avutma” from the french band nebulo kinda gives me this feeling, avutma is basically a reconstruction in the form of musical conformations, using idm stylistics and re-using divergent electronica subgenres to construct its own vision, its own idea or manifestation on the universe. there is nothing new, yet, something totally fresh. the work is settled into minimal melancholic ambient with often surreal landscapes and curious sacral reflections, somehow mystic and spiritually questing at times. above all, strongly cinematic music, intimate and reflexive; a must for the remnants from the day. exquisite. constructed with delicate ambient atmospheres that mostly consolidate the dominant role from the work, leaving few space for rhythmic passages and these found within that serve only as an establishment of the sensations transmitted. calmed and quiet the music fills the listener space with its peaceful reflections slowly, not by hectic or chaotic transitions but rather meditative like momentums and subtle approximations, leaving all to the listener’s mind. at times there is a classical tone into it, organic and sensitive, subtly poetic but anchored in rational constructions. spiritual nevertheless, highly modern but not abstract, more earthly and vivid, compensated in observation. when you experience “avutma” you can find eventually that this is something similar to something you have heard before but you’re unsure on what is it, contains elements that can evocate past experiences, not only from music, but also your own life and experience, some portion of childlike simplicity or adulthood difficulty. i find particularly hard to dissect “avutma” songs, as they are some kind of uncanny life forms with rather interesting conformation on their own, not needing to be explained through consequently interpretation. in this sense the work directly appeals to the subjective order from the listener and serves no simple labour as entertainment, more like a conversation, or an array of diverse anecdotes narrated in poetic tone and adorned with the magic simplicity of its development. “avutma” is a work about life and mainly appeals to it, sonically moving the listener with its aural effects. there is also another interesting factor on the “avutma” experience and it constitutes is rarity, perhaps as life itself with the often recurrent possibility of unexpected change, turn of the circumstances and events, there is no proper call for equilibrium, order or control, as all these are somehow determined to reform, defying even logic or reason. that happens whenever you listen to this work, all of sudden something happens and the manifested evocation throws you somewhere else, even the vibration changes, the rhythm disappears or subsequently comes as storm. the more mechanical aspect from nebulo “avutma” shows us a diverse experimentation with electronica subgenres. portions of glitch, finest organic ambient, minimal breakcore and downtempo condense the core of the work where surprises are the common denominator that gives “avutma” its special touch and particular secret, that only the listener can intuitively find. the general attempt to avoid mechanical frenzy and robotic enthusiasm marks another independent incidence not only for the aural experience but as divergence from the hymen label often enthusiastic for more works more based on rhythm, or at least with a rhythm more centred on muscles and less on brains. this is the opposite medicine, perhaps we all should try it more often. (jack the ripper)

 

nebulo discography 09.2k8:
kolia. cd. hymen records ¥753. 2006
avutma. cd. hymen records ¥768. 2008

nebulo websites:
www.myspace.com/nebulo
www.virb.com/nebulo

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