Roux’s oblique, leftfield experimentalism is well documented, and much of his work lies suspended in that grey middle ground somewhere between the musique concret tradition, and abstract ambience. His sound is unmistakably French, infused with a spirit of charm, creativity and playfulness that is at once endearing, humorous, rich, and fascinating.
Revers Ouest is essentially a radiophonic experiment based on the voices, and vocal fragments of two actors. Reading the slightly fuzzy sleevenotes, one gets the impression that there is a loose narrative to the pieces on display, but nothing that is integral to the enjoyment of the recording.
Roux as a technician, creates energetic pieces that positively bristle with creativity..constantly shape-shifting, yet allowing light and space to permeate..his material as always challenged perceptions, and short – circuited expectation.
Here, vocalisation is subjected to rigorous topological permutations, ranging from the alien to the utterly sublime. Occasionally, fragments of the source appear, unsullied, raw – propelling the listener back into the loose narrative suggested in the sleevenotes. As a non- French speaker, I can barely guess what is being uttered, however, this is aural sci-fi that describes the city of Nantes..a futurist, isolated utopian vision of architecture where buildings are made like concrete waves. This is not the glossy, super sleek futurism envisioned by Kubrick or Lucas..more a fusion of Fritz Lang, and Orwell..dark, mysterious, dystopian, fractured. I know this world, and I have lived the lives suggested by the text, and so a part of me resonates with the sounds..the sounds of doors squeaking, static overload, disembodied voices..human activity around every corner, yet slightly other worldly like a bad dream. Listened to in the dark, under headphones, this is powerful stuff, and I am transported into Roux’s world..a world of whispers and secret musings, muffled expressions, silent screams..highly recommended. BGN