Whiter Than White
The title Whiter Than White sounds like a soap advertisement; advertisements and soap are precisely what Les Belles Noïseuses blame. Or, more precisely, they blame what they represent -- consumption, conformity, economic liberalism. However, don't expect to get a speech from Les Belles Noïseuses. Only feelings, emotions, dreams, and nightmares are conveyed through their refined musical structure. The doom-jazz double-bass recalls the best of Mick Karn. The minimalist guitar scrapes atonal melody to the bone. The sepulchral, velvety voice envelopes you to take you to hell. Whiter Than White: an impulsive dance of death. Lust for life, joy of dying! Les Belles Noïseuses were created in 1992 as an outlet. When they let themselves go in a chaotic and abrasive way, only the sky was the limit . Little by little, the trio set up a dark acoustic and melancholic music, charming and modest, a languorous dark folk livened up with various influences, from psychedelic pop to cold wave. But under this dark veneer hides a tender irony. Despair gets mocking. Bela Goosy, voice; Bill Ottomo, guitar; Spotzy Blackcycle, double bass. Guests: Jay Mooken, drums; François Ammeter, percussion on "A presage of evil"; Olivier Adjedj, keyboards. Lyrics, music, and recording by Les Belles Noïseuses, 2010, except "Burning house" by Sand, 1975. Mix and premaster by Olivier Gangloff, Romain Ferrey and Les Belles Noïseuses, 2010. Mastered by Hervé de Keroullas. Graphic design by Éric Collet from engravings by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Includes insert.