Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, September 1, 2009

The Ekumen collective is a group of musicians from Montréal who play microsounding ambient (a mere generalization on my behalf, I know, but just for the lack of a better word). Olivier Girouard joined last year and La nuit nous déconstruit par cœur is his first, albeit, short album. It contains five pieces he recorded for choreographer Kate Hilliard, who create a piece for Marie Uguay, a poet from Québec who died at the age of 26 of cancer. Obviously I must admit I never read her poetry, but judging by this music it must be very intimate. Girouard’s main instrument of choice is the guitar, which in the first two pieces sound almost unprocessed. Naked and delicate. In Ne me laisse pas ici, the computer starts playing a role in likewise delicate processed sound. Delicate and intimate are just the two phrases that spring to mind when hearing these pieces. Objectively speaking, this music is hardly ‘new’ or ‘surprising’, but somehow I don’t think it’s Girouard’s intention to do anything such like. He wants to create a beautiful piece of music in loving memory of someone he loved, and he succeeded wonderfully well.

He wants to create a beautiful piece of music in loving memory of someone he loved, and he succeeded wonderfully well.

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