In this surprise packet the combination of concrete, electronic and found sounds with strange structures of fragmentary “songs” yields fresh perspectives, alimented by semi-formal pulse constructions that bring quite a few nice moments with some unexpected detour. Davis and Roux manipulated lots of instruments doing a great assemblage work in the studio, so that “Paquet surprise” is so various – but at the same time concentrated – that it often sounds like a lyophilized cross between Jim O’Rourke’s more melody-oriented records and a snapshot album which includes acoustic repetitions, sudden explosions, distorted computer sputtering and environmental recordings, all meshed in perfect balance and well calculated doses. It’s not one of those memorable keepers, yet it surely owns skill and heart in abundance and that’s more than enough.


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