Break On Beacons
“An uninterrupted flow of images, shapes and colors…”
What excitement when two artists that we have published separately with different projects join forces to release a first album together… and even more so when it sounds like an achievement. This is indeed the case of Break On Beacons, where we find at the beats Valgidrà from Rennes and at the synths Innocent But Guilty from Bordeaux (half of Wintermute, among others : indierockmag.bandcamp.com/album/rubber ), two French electronic musicians whose collaboration finds its origin in IBG’s remix and collective projects, in which Valgidrà took part several times. The later has been following the work of IBG for a while, finding common ground in his trip-hop/abstract fiber, while Foolish Records’ founder discovered the music of his new playmate through IRM Netlabel, particularly with the album “Watched Watchers” (indierockmag.bandcamp.com/album/watched-watchers) and the EP “Daily Grinders” recorded with Konejo (indierockmag.bandcamp.com/album/daily-grinders-ep), both released in 2021. From the start, when listening to this joint project whose name evokes the exploration of unmarked paths, the idea of getting off the beaten track and especially the limits that we unconsciously have imposed ourselves, we feel both in familiar territory and at the same time heading towards the unknown in a more cosmic way than expected from the two. We recognize the deep, dark and ethereal textures with subtle melodic patterns of IBG – whose sound seems to have evolved this last year from heavy and radical drone (cf. his brilliant Anteraks project along with Uburgründ from Romania) towards something more aerial, between electronica and trip-hop, and also Valgidrà’s signature beats at the crossroads of abstract groove and dry IDM as well as his sense of rhythmic vocal samples, on the title track for example. And yet, “An uninterrupted flow of images, shapes and colors…” constantly gives the sensation of tending towards unexplored horizons, somewhere between outer space and inner landscapes, an album which casts off towards an “elsewhere” made up of both sonic adventures and introspection, epic times and suspended moments, dreams and disillusionment. In a word : a gem !