In 2011, we began to think about doing a record label. We had been following Somaticae for some time and at this moment he was playing some art & punk gigs with a furious live of electronic improv, on the edge between hypnosis and noise. Two of these sessions became our second release, Dressed like a bubblegum, raising the interest of Surgeon, Perc and Peter Van Hoesen to name of few ; same for his remix for Mondkopf’s Ease your pain.
But Somaticae had already moved forward, and in a matter of a few weeks, he was sending us what quickly and easily took shape as Catharsis, a ten track piece which is to be the first album release on In Paradisum. Pointless summarize its spirit : punk nihilism, techno repetition to the point of exhaustion, sharp percussions. This music tastes like metal and blood, but a strange comfort comes out of it.
Co-released by In Paradisum & BLWBCK, this split release offers two live improvisations for more than 50 minutes of pure contemplation. The Saåad’s side is inspired by the tibetan sky burial ceremony, questioning our relation to the body and the impermanence of life. Symbolized by the death of ego and attachment, “The Charnel Ground” is certainly the most lightning work of the Toulouse-based duo. Based on analog synthesizers, the 3 movements are dominated by ethereal melodies and warm tones, revealing a new side of the Saåad’s music, outside their usual darkness. Insiden a four member act bringing together Guillaume Mikolajczyk, Romain Deferron, Amédée De Murcia (aka Somaticae) and Hugo Saugier chose a darker path… Sharing with Saaad an inclination toward in situ improvisations, ’24 XII 12 11H03 – 11H28 AM’ is their first output ever recorded. Based on Noise generator, Synthethisers, Electric cello and Vocals, their 3 movements illustrate a colorful trip with nocturnal flavors, where runs slowly an introspective piece which outspread from a peacefull intro to a eerie percusive mid-part to finish in a out-of-time mood.
The early copies of the Like It Soft vinyl is now under the beloving hands of the clerks over at Juno, and here in Paris Syncrophone and La Source as well. Take a deep breath and go buy it.
Boomkat also has it as a digital exclusive and here is what they say about it: Body-wurkin’ jakk bangs from two burgeoning French producers. Gone dolo, Qoso turns out the Levon Vincent-like industrial throbs, clanks and rasp of ‘Brandy’ and Low Jack comes off like his fellow countryman Mondkopf on the grungy sleaze of ‘Hats & Cash’. In tandem, they swing it like badmen with the swaggering torque of ‘Like It Soft’, and a more screwy ‘Ethced Mix’. Big bad tip!