From Pau, a town made famous above all by the cycling epic during the various Tour De France, come Rostres, a duo that with its fluid instrumental sound tries to make us sail along the impervious and fascinating Pyrenean areas. More than three quarters of an hour of music of this kind is not a trivial proposal, given the real risk of losing some listeners along the way along the various bends that follow one another, in the form of liquid, restless and never too rhythmically driven tracks. The operation is quite successful for the talented Alain and Lionel, because Les Corps Flottants is characterized by an approach much more similar to ambient music and this makes the music more aimed at painting spaces, horizons and landscapes, well summarized by the black and white photo on the cover. Even when the sound gets stronger, turning into a post metal sludge, ours doesn’t lose sight of the melodic and atmospheric sense that distinguishes the progression, breaking, if anything, that minimum of compositional uniformity without risking to make everything fragmentary. It’s also true that between an evocative episode like 118 and the closing track Deversoir the differences are substantial, so much so that the first one is placidly flowing and the second one is nervous and intense, touching sounds close to those of the last Monolithe, but what remains is the univocal mark given to the whole by Rostres, thanks to a clear and well delineated compositional intentions able to compensate the drawbacks arising from the instrumental nature of the work. This is the right way for those who try their hand at making records with such characteristics, and Rostres have done well to find it on their first attempt.
2018 – WOOAAARGH