gloomy alice and sinister jack. hands-d243

kaibun
gloomy alice and sinister jack. cd

hands. hands-d243

an electronic musical tragedy, a tale of decline: it has taken laurent ‘le moderniste’ delogne and marie hubart four years to produce their sophomore album for hands - and it’s quite a renunciation of the rhythmic industrial/techno hybrid of ‘illogism’. devoid of upfront aggression, there is an ongoing current of profound rhythmic pulse on ‘gloomy alice & sinister jack’ which echoes the more sublime facets of dark techno. the experimental, noise-shaping sound design of le moderniste takes its toll on kaibun as well, resulting in soundscapes on the psyched-out fringes of electronica, with the overall result being surprisingly harmonious, contemporary minimal idm at its best. in subversive contrast to the rather accessible musical flow of ‘gloomy alice & sinister jack’, we are told a story of a tragic partnership in depression - for a good hour, we witness the gloomy and sinister protagonists’ downfall and final giving in to their shared death wish. we first encounter alice and jack in the opening theme, which is like the last look back to club land, the very ending of the after hour when all light-heartedness fades in a distant glow. not later than we learn that ‘prozac doesn't protect us anymore’ it is that we realize that this story is going nowhere good: a scraping metronome and unsettling sounds take over altogether. further down the spiral, the protagonists engage in self-mutilation and numbing introspection, at its utmost disturbing in the throbbing bass pulses of ‘grim monotony in the hazy mind of jack’. deceptive upbeats sign the declaration that ‘we share the same wish’ before ‘and all those silences remain’ drowns and muffles all sound. ‘they decide to accept the invitation’ stands out like a tower with its captivating melody, an earworm for the dark-minded, before the journey ends with ritual, spiritual undertones accompanying the final passage and redemption. an authentic product of artistic struggle and heartfelt creativity, the tale of ‘gloomy alice & sinister jack’ is a sincere recommendation off the beaten path, and the creation of something very fresh, sounding like little else.

tracklist

1 gloomy alice and sinister jack (theme)
2 fooling all we can expect
3 prozac doesn’t protect us anymore
4 find peace in self harming
5 alice contemplates her blood flowing under the razor blade
6 blood soaked kiss (pain dividing)
7 the soporific effect of deliverance stuns out dark desires
8 grim monotony in the hazy mind of jack
9 we share the same wish
10 and all those silences remain
11 they decide to accept the invitation
12 hand in hand they are waiting
13 memories and regrets floats in a desolated place (called heart)
14 and the time goes by.... death’s approach