1/ Sambe De Merde (Touitou) 9.41 Recorded at APC Studios, Paris, France Dub Translation by Bill Laswell Produced by Jean Touitou and H.D.R. M.O.D. Technologies: Yoko Yamabe M.O.D. Support: Dave BrunelleJean Touitou: vocals; H.D.R.: piano, synthesizer, drums, guitar; effects, Bill Laswell: basses, vibes; Noam Levy: saxophone.
2015 - M.O.D. Technologies Digital (USA), MODDS00024 (digital)
It’s unsettling to hear Bobby Helms’s Christmas staple out of context, somehow flowing into its own bossa (super)nova as if there were no other words for grief. There is strangeness in these trees, through which the winds of aftermath flow like blood. Here is a dream that whispers to those who are still awake, a shadow behind the laughter. Only Laswell would find a dub lurking in this unremarkable specimen. His bass digs deeper with every scouring of surface, while ambient textures congregate around its roots. So is the linearity of time mocked and burned, its ashes spread across the lips of those who perpetrate destruction for its own sake. A repeating signal for a single bound in hyper-reflection.
This chain of seemingly unconnected events follows a cinematic realism of discomfort. If any message is to be taken from its flicker, it’s that the crust of observation is its own strongest defense against terrorism. It reveals the heart better than any surgery, for it must remain an idea. It must remain one’s own.
Tyran Grillo (courtesy of the ECM Reviews website)