Music at high voltage

Records 03.03.2021

Caravaggio, founded in 2004, is the meeting of four musicians from different backgrounds who situate their work at the crossroads of genres, between improvised music and sound research: an invigorating in-between, which is a guarantee of freedom, and a convergence of different sources, rock, jazz, electronic and contemporary music that feed each other without giving in to undifferentiated mixing. 

This fourth album Tempus fugit testifies to this, where six new tracks spin the metaphor of the journey, with this relationship to the image that Caravaggio likes to establish: auricular cinema in Jessica Hydewhere we are immediately immersed in a 3D space maintaining the ambiguity of the sources, instrumental and electronic.

The music is high tension, exacerbating the suspense to the point of tearing. The recorded voices, the samples which make us fall into another universe, also found the dramaturgy in My way, balancing between implacable rhythmic tension (the inside) and open space (the outside). Where do these superb low tones come from, from Bruno Chevillon 's bass guitar perhaps... that surround the space of Windings roads? White noise, granulation, texture in continuous mutation capture the listener, seduced by the sound recording and the quality of the mix. Vers la flamme, which evokes the cosmic visions of a Scriabin, invites guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay whose ethereal solo at the beginning is set against the caressing backdrop of Benjamin de La Fuente's violin. The polyphonic space that builds up in the second part is impressive, fusing the sonorities until the final blaze.

The undulating figure of the electric guitar in 70 MM fascinates and obsesses, periodically mutating in the zone of saturated bass. Samuel Sighicelli 's samples on keyboards, often off-screen, provide surprise and heterogeneity of materials that feed the whole piece. Travelling as a metaphor for the journey, with its images that scroll across the sound canvas, alerting us: barrel organ blowing, noisy sounds, melodic figures blurred by the action of morphing, sizzling, crackling ofEric Echampard's snare drum, so many finds that stimulate the imagination, always served by an ideal sound recording and mastering quality. The talents federate and the materials hybridize within a space that is built with as much invention as requirement. 

CD Tempus Fugit, Caravaggio: Benjamin de la Fuente, violin and electric guitar ; Samuel Sighicelli, keyboards and electronics ; Bruno Chevillon, double bass and electric bass ; Eric Echampard, percussion. CD éOle Records; recorded at Besco Recording studio; 49′.

Michèle Tosi


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