February 28, 2023

It’s hard not to see the hype around BRUIT≤ as the next big thing in post-rock. While their 2018 EP Monolith provided a promising indication of their sonic ambition, it was their debut LP The Machine is Burning and Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again which really set off the trigger. Receiving rave reviews around the globe (see our very own Velvet Thunder review of 6 April 2021) and selling out the first vinyl pressing of 3000 copies within less than a year, BRUIT≤ have no need to prove themselves beyond what they have already achieved so far.

BRUIT≤, courtesy of Mathilde Cartoux.
LINEUP:
Theophile Antolinos (guitars / tapes)
Clément Libes (violins / violas / keyboards / bass)
Julien Aoufi (drums)
Luc Blanchot (cello)

The past year has seen the quartet from Toulouse take their music to the stage across Europe, expending themselves as they pushed the limits of their performance each night. It brought the collective on a new path. A trajectory which saw the need for a pause for breath, for meditation and reflection, and this gave birth to ‘Apologie du Temps Perdu Vol. 1‘… a solemn ode to “the flagrant act of wasting our time”!

Announced on 27th January as a surprise release and consisting of three musical meditations, Apologie du Temps Perdu (English translation: apology for time wasted!) sees BRUIT≤ cut down on their massive sound in favour of a more subtle contemplation. In contrast with their recent streaming single Parasite (The Boycott Manifesto) with its direct message for Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and his listeners, the band have seemingly forgone their recent activist agenda, paring back the grand thematic gestures and poignant spoken-word excerpts. Instead, BRUIT≤ have let the music do the talking, reaching an activism which is more visceral, but all the more personal. “This ambient EP is conceived as a comma between our first album and the next one,” explains bass player & violinist Clément Libes about the purpose of this record. “It is an invitation to lose time, a parenthesis in the frantic race of our society.”

“These songs were recorded by mixing production techniques of all ages,” continues Libes about the recording process of Apologie du Temps Perdu. “For La Sagesse de nos Aïeux, the composition was written by hand on paper as a tribute to the music of our ancestors. We recorded and mixed the result on an old tape recorder, and then afterwards we slowed it down to give this heavy and low sound that seems like it has fossilized. On Rêveur Lucide we first recorded a guitar/bass improvisation on a 90’s cassette “porta-studio”. This formed the base of the whole piece, which was then cut, processed, and organised on software, after which we re-injected it into synthesizers and other more contemporary instruments”.

“Finally, on Temps Perdus we created a synthesis of the experimentations of the first two pieces. We worked on scores for synthesizers and strings while adding improvisations on piano, bass guitar and drums. We created textures with an old Roland tape delay and finalized the mastering on a beautiful Studer tape machine at Chab Mastering with Adrien Pallot.”

Existing somewhere between the grand genius of soundtrack composers like Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi, and the experimental prowess of fringe pop artists like Radiohead and Darkside, Apologie du Temps Perdu reveals the hidden power of film scores. We all know that moment in which we end up ceasing to be conscious of the musical accompaniment and simply become totally immersed in the story. The music becomes part of the cinematic scenery, and we lose all track of time.

Talking of his own work Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Westworld) notes: “If you were to turn the picture off, there is a story there and a connection to the characters and the plots.” In the same way, through the sweeping strings of La Sagesse de Nos Aïeux, the ethereal tape loops of Rêveur Lucide and the undulating synths of Les Temps Perdus, worlds are created to get lost in, and you can experience the full power of music with your eyes and ears open.

The band have also shared the stunning short film for Les Temps Perdus which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/o68aJ5IrQbI

The band add: “this film stems from a desire to work on key symbolic themes that inhabit our music, the relationship between nature and culture and the balance – or unbalance – between these concepts. The two young men have both found shelter in realities that take them away from themselves. This film aims to shine a light on this moment where the human and familial bonds bring both characters back to a more primitive approach to existence – a rebirth that gives them a new direction towards a new balance.”

Tracklist:

1. La Sagesse de Nos Aïeux
2. Rêveur Lucide Side
3. Les Temps Perdus

Apologie du temps perdu Vol. 1 is out now – immerse yourself! Pelagic Records – https://listen.pelagic-records.com/bruit