Music Reviews

Artist: Paul Wirkus (@)
Title: Discours Amoureux
Format: CD
Label: Edition Beides (@)
Rated: *****
Necessary clarification on the following post: it's not a sort of Valentine's Day, even if we love our followers! This applies a fortiori to a release, whose title seems to quote the likewise notorious title of a book (Roland Barthes' ""A Lover's Discourse: Fragments") that many romantic readers generally buy and read after they get somehow trapped by its title, unveiling a previously unknown universe and all the intrinsic illogicality of what they supposedly said to a partner in life! I'm not sure there's a relation between that essay and Paul Wirkus' output, but its abstract essence and the impressive dynamics you'll find in any of the four long-lasting track of this album could let you imagine a possible connection. If you examine the way the opening track "1982" evolves for instance, you could match the movement from the bowel-like and vaguely percussive aural entities of the first half to the almost ethereal body of slightly ringing sonorities of the second half to the "gradualism" of reciprocal understanding in any process of communication (particularly the one between lovers, one of the more meaningless and easy-to-be-misunderstood human language!). You could imagine the core of an initially misunderstood message wiggling inside the frustrating shell of misunderstanding in the first part before their shaking succeeds in breaking this diaphragm and getting clear! In reality, the information attached to the release refers to other semantic field, as "Discours Amoreux" gets described as "a psycho-acoustic essay, a consciously digital ambient album between laptop electronica and field recordings", where "mental strolls – geographic and historical, musical and philosophical – are combined with the real strolls through the green spheres of the summery, loud city on the search for security, calm, a chance to exhale". What matters is what you are going to listen, and Paul managed to build an enjoyable release, where the sense of the transformation of sonic items underlies the emotional states the music of this Polish musician (you'll easily catch some clues of his involvement in projects like September Collective and Kammerflimmer Kollektief) can inspire. Just keep on listening to fall in love with his sound!

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