Review

Entente Cordiale - 1904

Foxy Digitalis

1904. 100 years ago. I can't imagine anyone back then thought the advancements in music technology that have happened in that time would have ever been possible. Entente Cordiale are another new addition to the fantastic Carbon imprint. This short release contains only one track that clocks in at just under 23 minutes. From what I can tell, there is nothing here other than two, distorted, improvised guitar tracks. It's simple, but there is still a lot happening. There are some other minimal effects as well like reverb (and possibly some subtle tremolo), but they aren't very important. What makes this release good is how the guitars play off each other so well. Because of this, the track is dense, sucking in all the sounds of the space in which it was recorded. Each takes its turn at the forefront as well. While one will play something more melodic, perhaps higher on the fretboard, the other will continue laying down thick layers of distorted goop below. Keeping this low-end constant allows the track to sound more full. I feel like this is one, really short moment stretched into 20 minutes. It unfolds so slow that, at times, it feels like it's not unfolding at all. It's like you're just sitting there having your ear drums massaged by sound. Like I said, it's simple, but in that simplicity is something quite beautiful. As a short debut, Entente Cordiale definitely have my attention. I can't wait to see where they go next.



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