Feu Therese - Feu Thérése
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Feu Therese
Feu Thérése

Like a lot of bands on the Constellation label, Feu Therese is comprised of artists who also play in several other bands. The group includes Jonathan Parant (of Fly Pan Am) and Alexandre St-Onge (Shalabi Effect, Et Sans, others), as well as a couple other fellows and they play damaged, synth-blasted art rock that mixes improvisation with straightforward structures in a way that's sometimes amazingly invigorating, and at other times rather jarring.

The group has things in common with both Fly Pan Am and Et Sans (or at least their last album Par Nousss Touss Le Trous De Vos Cranes) as it mixes the deconstructionist tendencies and repetitive rhythm sections of the former with the pummeling, collage-electronic rock of the latter. As if to let the listener know it's not going to be an easy go of things, "Ferrari En Feu" opens the disc with a crack of thunder before shearing off into high-frequency synth sprays that push patience at over three minutes long. The second half of the track finds the foursome locking into an almost playful collision that marries guitar freakouts with soaring synthlines and a steady rhythmic backbone.

"Mademoiselle Gentleman" follows, and another rumbling two-note bass and steady beat lumbers away while everything from filtered vocals to more blistering guitars and electronic freakouts break out over the top. A timing change about halfway through keeps things interesting. The centerpiece of the album is the growling "Tu N'avais Qu'une Oreille," which starts out sweltering before locking into a lean post punk rhythm while Stephen De Oliveira adds some breathy French vocals.

The second half of the album finds the group experimenting even more, as "L'homme Avec Couer Avec Elle" opens with a new wave swell of soaring synths before breaking down into completely bizarre ending that mixes twangy guitars, saxophone, and squiggled-out chipmunk-style filtered vocals. "Ce N'est Pas Les Jardins Du Luxembourg" closes out the disc with a long drone of organ, electronic blips, and groaning vocals, and despite a slightly invigorating middle-section, it's the least interesting thing on the entire disc. As a whole, the group tears through some interesting territory, but in places the release still feels a bit aimless. If you enjoy your rock damaged and slightly dangerous, Feu Therese will probably push your buttons.

rating: 6.7510
Aaron Coleman 2006-04-20 21:10:34