Review

Hainey Kevin, Exclaim!, 11 juillet 2005

The sophomore album from this Montréal noise improvisation duo (A_dontigny and Érick d’Orion) enlists the inimitable help of extremist sound artists Diane Labrosse, Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tétreault to create a titanic excursion into various depths of noisy mayhem and intrigue. morceaux_de_machines use prepared CD’s, amplified turntables, samplers, live electronics and a plethora of effects to create intense layers of piercing and bass-heavy noise, occasionally mixing in elements of other genres, like techno, hip-hop and drum & bass (but never so much to sound diluted, or like a crossover act — these cats are definitely dedicated to the almighty noise factor). The results are all over the place, but never boring or awkward. The noisy techno stomp of Onanisme segues nicely into free-noise deconstruction on Placenta compressa, then takes an abrupt turn with the brief drum&bass one-off Triple fermentation. Estrapade is a long, expansive album, but it never dulls, nor does it ever fail in delivering top-quality noise in fucking bucketfuls.

… it never dulls, nor does it ever fail in delivering top-quality noise in fucking bucketfuls.

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