Onde Poussière : Silent Rain
David Nemeth / Acts of Silence (january 2, 2016)
« (…) Tuyul has an extensive discography of working with other musicians and is known for his playing on prepared guitar, though thinking of him solely as a guitarist would be preposterous. His journeys in sound, whether solo or others, are always quite good. After finally listening to Doedelzak’s Wandering in Dust, it was no suprise that Doedelzak and Tuyul worked well together on Silent Rain.
The first track, “Skipped Slices”, begins quietly, directing us down an ambient path. But as Doedelzak calls out to Tuyul, Tuyul responds with an answer that in itself is a call to Doedelzak, and he repeats this call wrapped in an answer. The duo quickly turn our ambient journey into the subtle and not-so-subtle noises of daily life. There are interferences, jolts, and even some pleasantness. “Silent Rain”, the second track, begins even more quietly than the first, with Doedelzak on the synth. But at this point, the listener should not be fooled by this lull, as Tuyul and his guitar scrape into the soudscape like a wounded man walking down a dark alley. Somwhere around the 4 minute mark things begin to get even more weird which is never a bad thing. “Silent Rain” comes crashing down half-way through only to regroup itself for future strangeness. Doedelzak and Tuyul’s musical wanderings may be filled with indirectness, even randonmenss, but it is their response to the other’s chaos that brings the music into one sound and makes Onde Poussière’s Silent Rain worth your time. »
Continuo’s documents (january 6, 2016)
« Silent Rain is the first full-length release by Onde Poussière, the duo of Doedelzak (synthesizer) and Kecap Tuyul (guitar), two young Parisian improvisers, both members of the XtetX collective emerging in 2015 to gather improvisers of various origins and organize live meetings and performances in Paris venues.
An exploration of abstract textures for guitar & synth, Silent Rain is comprised of two massive 25-28mns tracks, though not the impenetrable monoliths one might expect from improvising musicians, the music here being carefully sequenced into distinct, successive phases and pauses. Tuyul plays prepared, tabletop guitar à la Keith Rowe while pianist and keyboard player Doedelzak apparently plays a computer emulated, analog synth named Synth1 – developed by Ichiro Toda, see YouTube demo–, as he used on his own solo release Wandering in Dust, also in 2015.
Silent Rain’s first track is build on multiple convolutions, conflagrations and juxtapositions of the instruments – at times I was reminded Thomas Lehn’s own EMS Synthi A improvisations. The second track evolves in more sinuous textures and glacial sounds, both seductive and unsettling to the ear. This release’s FLAC version is particularly gratifying in this respect, what with the deep, spacious sounds of the analog synthesizer and the cavernous resonances of the prepared guitar. Excellent debut release by a promising French duo. »