Released via the long-standing avantgarde imprint Empreintes Digitales on October 11th, 2022 is Lames de fond, the extended collaboration album conceived by the joined forces of experimental composer Martin Bédard and Marie-Hélène Breault. With four extended pieces composed and brought to life over a timespan of almost a decade rolled out over a total playtime of 61 minutes the opening piece Honey (Architectures From Silence No. 1) caters a thundering, highly compressed and twisted maelstrom comprised of both Digital Noize, heavy duty Industrial war drums as well as splintered fragments of Contemporary Classical music; followed by the fascinating amalgamation of grinding, tectonic Noize movements and Marie-Hélène Breault’s enchanted, yet still highly dramatic flute performance to be found in 𝄆 Extensio:Warm:Up 𝄇; before the cut finally resolves in waves of calming Ambient music. Subsequently Replica provides sonic shockwaves of buzzing, whirling, fluttering electrical Noize later accompanied by layers upon layers of tense off-kilter strings shortly interrupted by surprisingly calm, yet somewhat eerie breakdown sequences whereas the concluding Kissland brings forth a set of movements ranging from braincell crushing Digital Noize sequences to dynamic outbursts of scraping Noize paired with short fever’ish, micro-fragmented Modern Classical strings on the brink of madness. Probably the most spine-tingling, intense and captivating Empreintes Digitales release we’ve reviewed so far. Excellent. Go check.