By now I think I’ve run out of adjectives for Déhà, but it’s undoubtedly a pleasant sentence to have to repeat myself when, punctually, the music offered by the Belgian musician turns out to be of an above-average level. This year’s novelty is a project that simply bears his name, with 4 5 6 representing his second full length after Halo, released in the spring; here Déhà continues to explore the darkest aspects of the psyche and, therefore, of human existence with a single long track of thirty-seven minutes that has the peculiarity of being sung in English in the first part and in French in the second. 4 5 6 is perhaps the closest thing to We All Die (Laughing) among those composed by Déhà from a few years ago, so the sound, despite the themes are anything but light, is equally airy even if skimmed of that progressive component that here, however, is less; they are not far away, however, even the moods of Imber Luminis, evidenced by a hint of depression accentuated in conjunction with the French part, which almost calls an interpretation more distressing and emphatic. Déhà succeeds in producing a work that is atmospheric, painful and desperate, full of twists and turns that are like portals which, absurdly, always seem to open only in places where there seems to be no rest for tormented souls. 4 5 6 is full of spasmodic intensity, with melodic intuitions that are the prerogative of the superior composer; melancholy, despair, anger, catharsis and more melancholy, in a cycle that is destined to repeat itself uninterruptedly, like the magnificent works offered by this musical genius of our times (and as such not understood by all as it deserves to be).
“La souffrance des autres ne peut être connue qu’en souffrant soi-même.“
2018 – Independent