- Artist/Title: Entente Cordiale - 1904
- Format: CDR
- Label: Carbon Records
- Price: $8
- Catalog ID: CR80
a 22+ minute experiment in guitar drones, swells and even some melodies. 3 guitars, multiple (distortion) pedals and some very loud amps. think Gate, Earth, Vibracathedral Orchestra, etc.
Reviews (3):Crucial Blast
This single-track, 23 minute disc contains some excellent, gluey, guitar-based improvised drones that sort of bridge the gap between Earth 2 and the celestial sludgy krautrock of SKULLFLOWER's Orange Canyon Mind, with thick rumbling feedback dripping slowly over swells of repetitious chords and peals of strangled guitar strings. ENTENTE CORDIALE rarely employ any actual melodies in this recording, but those that do appear, surface only momentarily before they are dragged back down beneath the mighty amplifier hum. The Rochester, NY based group uses 3 guitars and an army of distortion pedals to erect 1904, and it's a solid monument of amp worship along the lines of early EARTH, VIBRACATHEDRRAL ORCHESTRA, FULCI, and SKULLFLOWER. The unmarked disc is packaged in a minimal but nice looking cardstock wallet in a resealable plastic sleeve.
[ Entente Cordiale - 1904 CDR ]
A collective approach to the development of extended drone textures created by means of electric guitars. Featuring a dense flow of pulsating, transparent veils, the superimposition of overtones and processed fabrics creates a complex dome of continuous noise. The vault’s nerves become increasingly close, layers getting thicker, their continuous character contributing to add to the density of the whole although the careful process of addition unfolds according to a calculated plan. The immediate reminiscences of the materials –such as harshness and protest- are here counterbalanced by the extreme subtlety with which the sounds are handled. More importantly, they subtly hint at the fragility beneath the complex veil of abstract noise, which simultaneously states an almost trance-like recurrence of rhythmic statements of collective celebration/cry.
1904. 100 years ago. I can't imagine anyone back then thought the advancements in music technology that have happened in that time would have ever been possible. Entente Cordiale are another new addition to the fantastic Carbon imprint. This short release contains only one track that clocks in at just under 23 minutes. From what I can tell, there is nothing here other than two, distorted, improvised guitar tracks. It's simple, but there is still a lot happening. There are some other minimal effects as well like reverb (and possibly some subtle tremolo), but they aren't very important. What makes this release good is how the guitars play off each other so well. Because of this, the track is dense, sucking in all the sounds of the space in which it was recorded. Each takes its turn at the forefront as well. While one will play something more melodic, perhaps higher on the fretboard, the other will continue laying down thick layers of distorted goop below. Keeping this low-end constant allows the track to sound more full. I feel like this is one, really short moment stretched into 20 minutes. It unfolds so slow that, at times, it feels like it's not unfolding at all. It's like you're just sitting there having your ear drums massaged by sound. Like I said, it's simple, but in that simplicity is something quite beautiful. As a short debut, Entente Cordiale definitely have my attention. I can't wait to see where they go next. - Brad Rose