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Balestracci, Franck: Existences Invisibles

Released on the Carbon 7 label, which is known for it's avant garde catalogue, Existences Invisibles is the result of one-man band Franck Balestracci's experimentations with keyboards, piano, drums, percussions, sound effects, and deconstructed voices.

This disc is filled with electronic explorations and disembodied vocals which probe deep into the psyche. The tracks weave through a myriad of moods carrying the listener on a sonic odyssey. Mr Balestracci makes excellent use of both electronic and analog instruments to create an aural pot-pourri which elevates his music slightly above the typical ambient fare presented in this type of project. Actual musical lines and notes are played here as opposed to the droning, at times predictable, chord progressions so common to this genre. A mixed bag of styles are presented here ranging from typical New Age fluff, avant-prog, Eastern Transcendentalism, and discordant rythmic passages which could have been produced by the minds of the boys from "Stomp"coming down off a PCP trip.

This type of formula does not equate to commercial success and musical longevity. I don't think MTV is gonna surprise any gawky 13 year old by turning him into Franck Balestracci for a day. This type of disc tends to come across as a self-indulgent journey made by one man into his own soul and therefore, does not really appeal but to a few select and adventuresome listeners.

Added: October 13th 2003
Reviewer: Yves Dube
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