French experimental drone outfit FOUDRE! perform a transcendental sonic ritual on their newest release, KAMI 神.
Recorded and completely improvised live during their performance at Le Rex de Toulouse in October of 2017, KAMI 神 shows a band with nearly boundless creativity and whose members are completely in sync with one another. What follows is a 45-minute single piece of music, separated into five movements, that behaves less like an album and more like an experience.
The distant roars of thunderstorms and fluttering electro-baglama open up the record’s first movement, “Raijin”, on an ominous note. A vast array of electronic chirps, oscillating synth hums, and primitive percussion are gradually layered upon one another as the track becomes an enormous swell of hypnotic, nuanced sound that drifts through the listener’s mind.
The album then casually flows into its second movement, “Tsukuyomi”, which sees the wall of sound of “Raijin” dialed back a bit in favor of more smooth, synth-driven atmospheres and pulsating electronic beats. A mix of shamanic calls and deep, animalistic growls appear at jarring times and provide a sharp contrast to the industrial spiritual awakening above. This movement’s electronic elements are then pushed even further in the subsequent section, “Ame-no-Uzume”, whose experimental synthwave fervor pounds like a nightclub for higher consciousness.
The record’s fourth movement, “Fujin”, is spearheaded by jagged, psychedelic guitar work that is swallowed by rising waves of groaning atmospheres and mind-altering synths. From here the record transitions seamlessly into its final act, “Hachiman”. The guitar work melds with the bright synth briefly at the beginning of this section, but is soon lost beneath an assault of pulverizing, industrial drums and layers of caustic noise. Earsplitting growls, pummeling rhythms, and complete technological chaos take the reigns and drive the record to its intense conclusion.
FOUDRE! transport listeners to another plane of existence that can be both frightening and elevating simultaneously. Listeners may get lost in the swirling vortex of sound, but they won’t want to come out.
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Label: Gizeh Records
For Fans Of: The Haxan Cloak, Tim Hecker, A-Sun Amissa and Nadja