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Miniatures De Auto Rhythm


Miniatures De Auto Rhythm is the brilliant Domenique Dumont's second long player for Antinote. It's already been three years since Domenique Dumont made its entrance in the music world with his debut, Comme Ca (ATN 020LP, 2015). Despite a seemingly very quiet musical activity (the opening song to Antinote's compilation Five Years Of Loving Notes (ATN 5YEARS, 2017) was the only song released by the band in three years) a few things have changed in-between these two summers: Domenique Dumont is no more the mysterious lone French producer Antinote introduced last time but a Latvian duo, Arturs Liepins and Anete Stuce, which has been collaborating with "an enigmatic French artist whose existence cannot be confirmed nor denied" (sorry, but it sounds like there's still some mystery in the air, and, again, Antinote is just as clueless as you might be), the duo have been touring live and, most importantly, they kept on broadening their musical palette experimenting in a definitely pop field. Eight of these experiments are now tied together in Miniatures De Auto Rhythm. The record probably begins where Comme Ca ended: frantic but light drum programing backbones a solar and slightly melancholic melody on "Le Début De La Fin" ("the beginning of the end"). However, the scope gets enlarged as soon as one reaches the second tune, "Quasi Quasi", or "Quand", on the flip side, perhaps the most overtly pop-rock oriented song on the record with its Mediterranean guitar and emotional bridge. The road towards the apex of the record, "Le Soleil Dans Le Monde", is a narrow and windy one, punctuated by toy instrumentals like "Ono Mambo Haiku" or the Donkey Kong Country-friendly "Message Of The Diving Bird"; however it never departs from its original tongue-in-cheek attitude. It's quite pleasant to imagine these eight "miniatures" as field recordings from an enchanted world of pop music designed by some Pierre & Gilles disciples or being musical interpretations of half-mechanical, half-organic creations from a certain Otto Rhiesem (who might have inhabited the Locus Solus villa). There may be no definitive answers to this second set of riddles by Domenique Dumont.