LES GRACIES (US / FR)
LABEL : Firecracker Recordings
TERRITORIES : EU / UK
/ XPO 201-3 / http://lesgracies.bandcamp.com/
/ LOW DOSES / https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec020-low-doses
Les Graciés is a collaboration in the truest sense between Paris-based sound artist Gaël Segalen and Deepblak co-founder Afrikan Sciences.
Segalen’s experiments in electroacoustic sound met the wider world via a debut LP for Erratum, l’Ange le Sage, an arresting work that showcases her ability to merge hypnotic murk ‘à la’ Angus MacLise with the hard concrète of Parmegiani & Reibel.
Her follow-up, Memoir of My Manor, released on cassette label FRM-AT continues in this vein, adding a new, nearly club-like sensibility. An improvised juggernaut of sound, recorded in Paris, manipulated and mixed over a period of two years.
Segalen’s IHearU imprint / organisation is a platform for her various doings, including psycho-geographical audio works and multi-media collaborations, as well as servicing as a reference point for other contemporary female artists working across various mediums.
Eric Douglas Porter aka African Sciences has been deconstructing and re-building forms of contemporary Black music since the mid-2000’s, through releases on Deepblak (the label he co-runs with Aybee) and PAN.
His musical universe is one of warping cadences and celestial melody, referencing the bold work of percussionists like Milford Graves & Art Jenkins, the dissonant chords of Motor City Techno and stripped back essence of early Chicago House matched with broken Hard Bop sentiments : all tied together with an aesthetic that sits somewhere between Sun Ra’s omniverse, Jean Giraud Mœbius and Dogon cosmology.
Together as Les Graciés, Segalen and Porter make a wholly unclassifiable strain of music that, while containing recognisable elements of each individual’s work, also creates a third entity in the process, which can be heard to stunning effect on their debut debut LP Low Doses for Firecracker Recordings, later followed by a self-released EP XPO 201-3.
Their music explodes the boundaries and reunites from segmented forms. It is naturally scientific, complex with feeling, innovative, other-worldly, captivating and effective, repetitive and organic, a wild and mad process in an attempt to capture a moment of eternity. Defined as free form and expansive, from recognizable concrete elements of everyday life to an unifying abstraction, improvisations, mutations, polyrhythmic and hypnotic groove, experimental beats free of tempo and meter.