Land Of Truth
Finally, after 10 years of music-making, this is the debut full-length album by France's Krikor, featuring vocal contributions by The Dead Hillbillies aka Nicolas Ker (Poni Hoax), Chloé Raunet (Battant), and Chloé (Plein Soliel). Krikor's musical style has become more hybrid than ever -- a personal synthesis of his musical obsessions: the fat groove and old drum machines of Chicago house, the abstract sounds of minimal techno, the urge and energy of rockabilly, the harshness of industrial music, the dark romanticism of folk anti-heroes from the '60s, and the forward thinking of Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète lab rats (Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry). An ambitious album of 11 cinematic songs and electronic smacks that will drown you in a 40 years' flood of sound waves. Like a hired killer on mescaline sent after pop music heritage, he rushes from guitars to drum machines, leaving marks as deep as machete scars, crushing all labels and developing his own interpretation of shoegaze, old-school electro, blue-eyed funk, electronic, pop, house and ambient, with stand-out track "God Will Break It All" sounding like some sort of hydra-headed beast of clashing '80s dance-beats, post-punk caterwaul, and groove-bass. Land Of Truth is a subtle combination of slaughtered beats and milky keyboards, indecipherable layers, guitar laments, gritty bass lines, space echoes, menacing synths and crystalline pianos, revealing Krikor as a musical dandy, with his fingers in all pies.