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Pascal
Savy: Dislocations (Experimedia)

French
drone auteur Pascal Savy, now based in London, has crafted a minor
masterpiece in Dislocations. Along with a recent release from
Matthias Urban, Dislocations marks a return to pressing original
music for Ohio-based indie and distributor Experimedia, and it’s a
most welcome return. Dislocations is comprised of a series of sublime
drones that are surprisingly active given the typically restrained
nature of the genre. Dislocations is largely inspired by the writings
of Mark Fisher, specifically the notion of “the cancellation of the
future” (incidentally the title of the opening track here). There
is a sort of fatalism at the core of these evocative drones, starting
off unassumingly but then building into a handsome, dramatic slab of
atmosphere. The cynicism and doubt that characterize that first track shift shapes across Dislocations, harnessing that nervous energy and
channeling it into contrasting forms. “Shadows Out of Time,” for
example, feels quite at odds with the more cinematic unfurling of the
opener. Instead its restraint lends it a tautness that never unwinds,
even as its drones come and go.

Dislocations by pascal savy

Elsewhere, Savy tips the balance
toward hushed noise; “Night More Viscous Than the Dawn” is
predictably dense but has the constantly looming threat of a full-on
blast of noise. It never truly delivers on that, instead just
releasing the pressure through slow swells of sound, a strategy that
proves effective in its quiet drama. But the most elaborate and
longest one of them, “Allow the Light,” feels like an appropriate
bookend to the opener. It shares its more musical qualities, with
string-ish drones lending an emotive immediacy as it grows in scale.
Its in those ways that Dislocations reminds me of the big, patient
slabs of drones that Savy’s American contemporary Rafael Anton
Irisarri has pushed on recent releases, characterized both by timbre
and slow-moving dynamics but also with a moody edge that can
sometimes be missing from more inert drone recordings. Highly
recommended listening.

Buy it: Bandcamp | Experimedia (CD on sale!)