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¥802 vndl. gahrena: paysages électriques. cd. june2k12.

 

tracklist:

afternoon. afternoon.

*.mp3
crunx *.mp3
gahrena *.mp3
bragg (with nebulo) *.mp3
nikohn *.mp3
novar *.mp3
gaze *.mp3
nikohn (offthesky remix) *.mp3
recycle theory *.mp3
recycle theory (part 2) *.mp3
night at slaeg (with pleq) *.mp3
novar (c0ma remix) *.mp3
yanide *.mp3


vndl is philippe vandal from montreal, canada who started producing electronic music in 2009 inspired by artists like access to arasaka, mormo, fennesz, richard devine and désormais. his first release 'something for someone' on abstrakt reflections and his remixes for architect, exosphere and synthetic violence have already demonstrated the various facets of his unique and organic style, combining the elements of glitch and idm in a very improvised manner and originating his own, unique method of creating contemporary electronica.

'gahrena' envisages a deeper exploration of virtual reality by using highly processed electric guitars as well as manipulated field recordings and a wide range of electronic devices. the sound on this album can be described as abstract electronica with a deep organic feel, where vndl's inspiration and sonic research fuse with the amendatory work of nebulo, offthesky, pleq and c0ma.

vndl constructs a changing, mysterious sonic world recreated from aural landscapes already in existence. a gripping release taking you away to as-yet unknown environments - attentive listening required.


chroniques électroniques
http://www.chroniqueselectroniques.net/article-vndl-gahrena-paysages-electriques-106839676.html
simple abréviation de son nom véritable philippe vandal, vndl est un jeune canadien francophone très prolifique, qui porte le marcel aussi bien que j'arbore le slim, et qui surveille actuellement de très près la révolte étudiante canadienne. après avoir participé au bordel monstre qu'était la compilation de remixes du consume adapt create de architect, il s'est positionné vers des netlabels reconnus comme abstrakt reflections (pour something for someone) et plus récemment executive (pour le bien plus prometteur triptyque). ces deux releases sont encore aujourd'hui disponibles en libre téléchargement. je fus très surpris (pour des raisons que je vais développer) d'apprendre qu'il signait son premier album chez une renommée et crédible maison bavaroise. un peu moins que notre frank riggio national se charge du mastering. enfin bref, gahrena est sorti aujourd'hui chez hymen, et c'est une excellente surprise. je dois avouer que j'étais plus que sceptique sur le potentiel de vndl. je n'ai certes pas l'oreille absolue et je m'efforce chaque jour un peu plus d'accepter (à défaut de respecter) le goût des autres. je trouvais surtout qu'il représentait très bien ces jeunes insatiables beatmakers qui s'efforcent surtout de démontrer ce qu'il savent et peuvent faire, souvent au détriment d'un rendu final plus technique que réellement passionnant d'un stricte point de vue musical. je trouvais aussi que ses nobles influences, gridlock et nebulo en tête, avec un soupçon d'access to arasaka, étaient beaucoup trop visibles pour qu'il puisse tracer son original sillon. il faut probablement mettre ça sur le coup de la jeunesse. puis, il semble que le jeune québécois ai découvert les barons virtuoses des compositions abstraites et électro-acoustiques, comme christian fennesz, keith kenniff ou lawrence english. cette ouverture à de nouveaux horizons, plus musicaux et plus aboutis, a visiblement étoffé sa culture mais surtout sa ropre palette de sons. parce que la grande qualité de gahrena se situe bien plus loin que de naïves promesses ou d'un statique et éternel potentiel. le qualificatif le plus adapté après les premières écoutes est sans doute "recherché". avant même réussi. car le jeune canadien se livre ici à une vraie quête sonique pour maintenir les courants de sa musique en vie, en mouvements permanents. c'est surtout son utilisation des guitares, en tension parmi les chocs de l'échantillonnage et les parasites, qui souffle ce vent frais sur une "idm" actuelle. on ne soulignera forcément pas assez le travail de riggio au niveau du mastering, pour donner substance et équilibre à toute cette réverb', enveloppante et omniprésente tout au long de l'opus. et pourtant, il y avait toutes les chances pour que ceci vire à la branlette. on ne compte plus les artistes (il n'y a pas qu'eux, la société s'en charge très bien) qui tentent de maintenir en place le diktat du rasage à blanc pour mieux reconstruire. les édifices, ou les paysages, puisque c'est ainsi qu'il faut les baptiser sont certes propices à la contemplation béate, mais les superpositions sont aussi solides qu'elles sont mouvantes, et ne chancellent jamais vers l'onanisme synthétique. les trois premiers titres (l'introduction s'ouvre comme un hommage très original et à peine masqué à gridlock) surfent avec les limites et les saturations, avant que l'indispensable et tout en sursaut bragg (avec nebulo, tiens tiens...) ne vienne écarquiller les yeux et les conduits des derniers sceptiques. certains observateurs éclairés lui trouveront, plus sur la forme que sur le fond, une certaine ressemblance avec code inconnu (issu de l'inaltérable compilation when light's drillin the haze, concoctée par nos soins et disponible ici). les guitares de vndl savent se montrer parfois plus discrètes, et la dominante électrique souhaitée revêt alors les contours d'un sound design idéal pour chiller devant les tourments du monde extérieur. ou comme quand les beats de novar, s'abbatent sur l'asphalte tels des bombinettes gorgées d'électricité statique. y a bien que l'électricité qui peut se réclamer du terme, jamais le thème principal ne se repose sur lui même. voilà pourquoi le dernier tiers du morceau vient révéler des trajectoires inespérées et vrillées. il faut aussi souligner le placement anarchique mais très subtil des remixes qui apportent un vrai plus à l'album. sûrement parce que vndl a très bien choisi ses complices du jour. le souvent excellent offthesky délivre ici une version de nikohn extrêmement onirique et ouatée. je suis peut-être un peu moins fan du novar de c0ma, même si son placement peu après le diptyque recycle theory est particulièrement pertinent. parlons-en d'ailleurs de recycle theory. ses régurgitations numériques et cybernétiques rappellent un peu tout ce qui me déplaisait à l'époque, mais le caractère définitivement plus abouti de la production éfface un peu les aspects un peu déjà entendus des bourrasques intestinales de la matrice. pleq, dont on n'avait pas parlé depuis longtemps, apaise un peu ses nouvelles velléités acousmatiques (pas complètement non plus) pour se livrer à un exercice dans lequel il a toujours excellé, la collaboration nébuleuse et opaque. night at slaeg est donc à retenir du côté des plus belles réussites. l'excellent yanide, fermera ces électriques tribulations en redonnant à la guitare sa liberté d'expérimenter. les plus imaginatifs pourront même y voir de vieux jouets de l'enfance s'articuler et renaître de leurs cendres cristallines. magnifique. a ma grande mais plus qu'agréable surprise, vndl livre ces jours-ci l'album d'idm qu'on attendait plus cette année. grace à un mastering et à des invités de grande qualité, mais surtout grace à une technique enfin mise au service d'un ensemble musical hypnotique qui ravira les contemplatifs aptes à s'électriser. en somme, un album plus que recommandé. (ed loxapac)

blackaudio
http://blackaudio.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/vndl-gahrenapaysages-electriques-cd-hymen-records/
philippe vandal from canada lays a fair few influences on the table in his press blurb and all of which are fairly evident throughout this release; fennesz being the one that stands out most of all. this is quite the broken up affair; indeed the opener, right up halfway through track two ‘crunx’, is a mash of off-kilter sporadic electronics only truly making sense once the treated cure like guitar lines make an appearance, followed up with scattered beats. label mate nebulo makes an appearance come track four ‘bragg’ and adds more of a cohesive structure to the array of gentle insanity that appears to be the all too evident trademark of vndl as a whole. this will be a welcome break for the uninitiated listener, as vndl’s approach to alternative electronics is purely eclectic; the stop/start nature as a whole will undoubtedly be confusing and teetering on pointless to some. i like to view ‘gahrena’ more as an art form and an album that wouldn’t be out of place on the shelf next to some of the mego labels better releases, really coming into its own come ‘novar’, which a fantastic representation of wholesome and talented idm. this is one of those albums that will take a fair while to bed in for a lot of listeners out there; i feel the patience will be worth the wait, as with time this will sneak into those corners of your mind, bed down and become better with age, much like a fine wine.

igloo
http://igloomag.com/reviews/vndl-gahrena-paysages-electriques-hymen
philippe vandal (aka vndl) hailing from montreal, canada lines up his debut with germany’s long-standing and well respected hymen records. gahrena: paysages électriques—influenced by the likes of fennesz, richard devine and access to arasaka—opens his account with hymen on an abstract note and is clearly impacted by the above-mentioned sound sculptors. processed and organic guitar strings flash between selected tracks as field recordings are manipulated subtly and driven through loops of ambient, post-noise fluttering. static buzzing, electrical clicks, pops and whirs are surrounded by scraped layers of ambience. scattered patterns (ie. “crunx” and “bragg (with nebulo)”) are exposed via mechanical energy rhythms and jagged slabs of atmosphere. glitch is counterbalanced with contorted bass, alien landscapes, layered and abstract tonal shifts as vndl unravels obscured musical passages. offthesky’s textured “nikohn” remix disperses eerily fragrant sheets, pleq’s assistance on “night at slaeg” offers disjointed instrumental sound-collages and c0ma’s remix of “novar” dampens the percussive groove and drowns them in synthesized fluctuations. as a result, gahrena: paysages électriques migrates effectively into the memory banks as a fluid piece of audio artwork. creating leftfield electronic music might be vndl’s strong-point, however, his over-arching themes are connected with emotive experimental remnants that stand the test of time. considering vndl has only been on the scene for a few years, he’s already lining up his next release and shows no signs of fading into obscurity.

neural.it
http://www.neural.it/sound/2012/11/vndl_gahrena_paysages_electriques.phtml
operating under the moniker vndl, philippe vandal, a young montreal-based electronic investigator, released his first record "something for someone" on abstract reflections (an ep now available as a free download). the artist has not moved far from those organic and lively cuts in this latest offering , with its rarefied interlacements, sinuously evolving guitar loops and field recordings. vandal has created some very coherent environments, rich in digital manipulations and mysterious mixes. the sound is dense, adventurous, a little bent in on itself and gloomy, and he doesn't shun electro-acoustic techniques and new sound mutations of environmental forms, stutters and artfully edited hesitations. this is a research that reverberates with a contemplative attitude, with light sound dysfunctions well balanced in the passages. there is differentiation in the layers and tonal harmonies; solid even in the most hidden folds, where guitar fragments and post-rock cacophonies emerge, before being routed towards other trickles of imagination. larval influences are allowed to sketch the horizon of a very assorted audio experience, but one that remains very consistent and intense. in "gahrena: paysages électriques", the balance between the more improvised sequences and the meticulously organized compositional structures keeps the listener poised on a shaky ridge, oscillating on both sides, without ever indulging in easy appeasements or affected solutions. (aurelio cianciotta)

neural.it
http://www.neural.it/sound_it/2012/11/vndl_gahrena_paysages_electriques.phtml
sotto il moniker di vndl agisce philippe vandal, giovane sperimentatore elettronico che ha base a montreal e la cui prima uscita "something for someone" fu pubblicata nel 2009 su abstrakt reflections (ep disponibile adesso in download gratuito). da quelle prime cesure più organiche e vitali , a quelle odierne, fitte di gliccerie e di sintetiche astrazioni, il passo è tuttavia breve, perché comunque il trasporto emotivo - pur in intrecci maggiormente rarefatti - evolve sinuosamente in altrettanti loop chitarristici e in coese field recording, dando vita adesso ad ambientazioni ancora più accurate, ricche di manipolazioni digitali e misteriche trame. è un suono denso, avventuroso, un po ricurvo su se stesso e umbratile quello di vndl, che non disdegna tecniche elettroacustiche e nuove mutazioni sonore di foggia ambientale, balbettii ed esitazioni montate ad arte. una ricerca che riverbera infine un'attitudine anche contemplativa, con tenui disfunzioni audio che sono bene bilanciate nei passaggi, diversificate negli strati e nelle armonizzazioni tonali, consistenti anche nelle pieghe più nascoste, dove fanno capolino frammenti chitarristici e cacofonie post-rock, subito dirottate in altri rivoli d'immaginazione, lasciate come larvali influenze a tratteggiare l'orizzonte di un'esperienza auditiva molto assortita ma in definitiva assai coerente e intensa. anche in "gahrena: paysages électriques" l'equilibrio fra le sequenze maggiormente improvvisative e le strutture compositive meticolosamente organizzate si mantiene su un incerto crinale, facendo pendere la bilancia ora su un versante poi sull'altro, senza comunque mai incedere in facili ammiccamenti o soluzioni di maniera. (aurelio cianciotta)

chain d.l.k.
http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=7309
vndl is philippe vandal, from montreal, canada. philippe started producing electronic music in october 2009. influenced by access to arasaka, amon tobin, richard devine, gridlock, apparent symmetry, mormo, hecq, just to name a few. prior to 'gahrena: paysages ã©lectriques' he's had a couple of other release ('something for someone', 'tryptyque [123]') but is still a relative newcomer on the electronic music scene. vndl's modus operandi is idm/glitch electronica for the most part, and glitchy it surely is, yet tonally rich. entering vndl's world on the opening track, 'afternoon.afternoon,' it sounds as if you've stumbled into a warped workshop of broken guitar parts overrun by termites. the next track, 'crunx' employs processed string (presumably guitar) scraping, plunks, harmonics, rattling, tinks, plinks, dropped bass tones, soft kicks, electronically processed sounds, etc., and eventually some beatz, assembled in semi-random fashion. it's an auditory hodge-podge collage of elements that come across like some warped arcade game. title track 'gahrena' begins with an electronic insectoid buzzing, then morphs into manipulated, echoed tremolo guitar and crunchy bits of noise. 'bragg' enlists the aid of nebulo (another hymen records glitch artist) with atmos drone, some semblance of a rhythm track and squiggly electronics. 'nikohn' had too much guitar noodling for me although some might find it atmospheric. later, the offthensky remix of the track expands the atmosphere, and i liked it better than the original. 'novar' has a cut 'n' paste glitch rhythm with gauzy processed guitar. 'gaze' is obviously vndl's concession to shoegaze music with shifting, gauzy, hazy walls of processed guitar. 'recycle theory' is kind of dark and mysterious until the cut-up beat takes over, although 'recycle theory'(part 2) is smoother audial paste. 'night at slaeg' features polish glitch/idm electronic music producer pleq (bartosz dziadosz) in a rather smooth bit of aural ambience where even the glitchy elements sound buttery. after spending about an hour in vndl's world, you might leave feeling a bit exhausted. he throws a lot at you, but it's intriguing enough to want to come back for more. 'gahrena: paysages ã©lectriques' is heady, abstract experimental stuff, and by no means minimal. if you're looking for a challenging listening experience, this would be it. (steve mecca)


discography 06.2k12:
gahrena: paysages électriques. cd. hymen records ¥802. 2012
triptyque. digital album. executive exe004. 2012
something for someone. digital ep. abstrakt reflections ar_015. 2011


vndl official websites:
www.facebook.com/pvndl
www.soundcloud.com/philippevndl


contributors and remixers websites:
c0ma: pablo benjamin. www.c0ma.net
offthesky: composed by offthesky | jason corder. www.offthesky.com
nebulo: nebulo. www.soundcloud.com/nebulo
pleq: composed by pleq | bartosz dziadosz. www.soundcloud.com/bartoszdziadosz

 

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