Von Magnet De L'Aimant
By Marcus Pan
Von Magnet impressed me with
its refreshing blend of old world Europe and modern electronica. Mixed up with
a dash of trance and smooth complicated rhythms, their Electro
Flamenco(1) release was welcomed by myself greatly with the hum drum
submissions of "more elctronic" or "more industrial" or "another one of those."
Von Magnet really mixed it up for me, making things interesting again.
Now their De L'Aimant CD hits my desk from Paris.
Twelve tracks of similar music for true aficionados, experimenting with
combinations of, once again, Spanish guitar and rhythmic roots and modern
computeresque creations. Suffusing live mandarin with background choruses and
soundscapes, picking up the beat to a near-techno haul at times, Von Magnet is
continuing to impress Europe as a whole...and even crusty old me.
With highlight tracks like Arena, which will slide in
solid drum 'n bass patterns intersliced with mandarin strumming and electronica
backgrounds. One of the most refreshing tracks since the Roland first created
MPU electronics. Electroflamenco is here as well again, with a much more
experimental attitude as if the track had gone out on a banging night of bar
hopping and toadstool dosing before returning to the studio tripping out to be
pressed here in its surrealistic glory.
Then there's Ma Peine, probably the best track on
De L'aimant. An old world tango given a make-over for the new
millennium. Very moving, extremely rhythmic and filled with taps, castanets,
claps and thrillingly executed mandarin strains. Subtle electronic thingees
sneak into the background. Von Magnet takes two musical styles born centuries
apart tango/flamenco and electronica and blends them like they
were hatched together.
The album seems to open experimental and close similarly,
with tracks like Silencio! and Morime exploring new ideas in
sound fusion at the beginning and Fantasmas and El Vacio
tinkering slowly along, almost slouching and moping away. The moving dance and
trance numbers populate the center of De L'Aimant which makes the album
as a whole a truly progressive experience from beginning to end.
Von Magnet is still one of the most refreshing and solidly
different acts out there. Worth the price of admission if your interested in
queuing up something new in your player. And if ever in France, be sure to try
and catch one of their live shows. I hear theyre fabulous.
Post: 57 Rue del Eglese, 77370 Fontenailles, France
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