Cafard Mondial
Some Tweetlove - Cafard Mondial
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Some Tweetlove
Cafard Mondial

Some Tweetlove is a small band out of Belgium who play highly melodic, intoxicating instrumental music that calls to mind lots of different groups but doesn't sound like anyone in particular. Cafard Mondial is their first album on the small French label Matamore, and the group have created a six song, forty minute album that manages to stand out from the pack for what it doesn't do.

That is, the group doesn't indulge in quiet to loud blowouts like a lot of groups creating music in a similar genre. They're also not afraid to strip things back to only a couple instruments at times, which is a refreshing change from so many people who feel the need to lay everything on as densely as possible most of the time. The result is a pretty little release that fits the band name perfectly. "Jean-Paul III" opens the disc and dueling guitar parts play out over some bass drones, organ, and creative but not too heavy-handed drumming. The song progresses slowly until about halfway, where parts fall away and some filtered chimes enter the mix. The track builds again softly and then dissolves into a haze at the end.

"Creme Pudding" is another subtle song, opening with some piano and guitar before morphing into something quieter as a melodica floats in. About halfway through, drums enter the mix alongside some processed sound and ebowed guitar and chimes, and even after a slightly more rocking section, the piece falls away again into something soothing. "Carrousel" again finds some dual guitars (acoustic and electric) playing out over chimes and jaw harp before some soft synths enter the mix and nudge it forward ever-so-slightly.

At times, the group calls to mind the quieter moments of Do Make Say Think or even the instrumental work of Adem. The completely subdued and stripped-down closer of "Marchin" isn't even too far off from the quiet atmospherics of Tape, as thin threads of processing creep through sparse guitar notes, ringing drones, singing saw, and melodica. Never too loud, but never boring either, Cafard Mondial is a quietly persuasive album from a little group you might not have heard of.

rating: 7.510
Aaron Coleman 2006-09-07 19:35:05