Review

François Couture, AllMusic, 23 février 1999

Corazón Road is an audio travelogue. Carole Rieussec and Jean-Christophe Camps traveled to Central America in December 1990-January 1991. During their pilgrimage in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, they recorded street sounds, testimonies, and the daily life of the friends they made. Back in France they worked together to create this electroacoustic suite. Field recordings, treated sounds, speech and snippets of real instruments come together to evoke their trip more than actually narrate it. Corazón Road is a set of memories blurred by elapsed time and the discrepancies found between two subjectivities. This, Kristoff K.Roll’s first album, can be considered as a rehearsal for Le petit bruit à côté du cœur du monde, their next major project following a trip to Western Africa. But where Le petit bruit will be developed both on stage and in the studio, Corazón Road is a studio-only affair and thus feels more conventional in terms of technique and discourse. It remains a gripping, immersive tale. The three main suites (Aquí en Yucatán, Belize City, and Guatemala) are separated by short interludes that bring back the spoken theme established in the prologue Danse de Corazón Road. The cycle ends with the recapitulative Le Pacifique, in which timpani and cymbals evoke the turmoils of the sea. The album was first released in 1993 on SONARt and reissued in 1999 on empreintes DIGITALes.

… a gripping, immersive tale.

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