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Yvan Poisson

Blind Experiment

Review by Gary Hill

This is listed as "instrumental trip hop." Well, honestly, I don't see how this any less prog oriented than any number of electronic styles that get lumped under the prog heading. The truth is, there is a definite groove and vibe to this. It tends toward minimalism, but has a real space element at play. At times it crosses toward jazz, too. Call it what you like, but this is cool stuff.

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Track by Track Review
Latent Period
The early parts of this piece are quite jazzy. The number gets more percussive later. While this is an instrumental, there is a vocal bit that's a loop that works in an almost percussive way.
Idiosyncratic Response
The weird electronic tapestries on this combine space music with a cool rhythmic structure and some rather jazzy elements at times.
Negative Control Procedure
The rhythmic structure on this is a bit odd, but also compelling. The piece has a weird electronic tapestry to it. This almost seems to occupy a zone between space music and Rock In Opposition styled stuff. There is a weird sampled horn and voice sample.
Blind Experiment
This has more of a melodic kind of space music vibe to it. It's a classy cut that works really well.
Threshold Dose
I dig the rhythmic groove on this piece. This number is perhaps more fully rhythmic than some of the rest, but it does drop to strictly melodic for a time.
Cross Tolerance
There is a cool groove to this piece. Beyond that it's precisely what you'd expect given the rest of these tapestries.
Disintegration Time
I like the percussive element on this, but the bass groove and musical sense of mystery really complete the picture.
 
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