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BRUME - Mother Blast

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Grautag Records GTR#009
Release Year: 2016
Note: this BRUME album appears on a French label dedicated to "dystopian sound landscapes", it includes new material and re-workings of older tracks (i.e. from the legendary 'Permafrost' album) => masterful electro-acoustic industrial, dark and apocalyptic, this is the "ultimate cold war music", "a sort of soundtrack that could perfectly fit the waiting of a nuclear bombing inside a subterranean bunker." [CHAIN D.L.K.] ; gatefold-cover, lim. 500
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"The new release of Grautag records collection is composed and produced by one of the French industrial music pioneers, Christian Renou, playing under the name of Brume. Since a long time, Brume has been one of the principal references of Grautag label and has influenced a lot our vision of what could be the perfect definition of dystopian sound landscape . We all have still in mind the CD Permafrost edited in the 80's, diving us in a strange mind space, where a deep underground threat rings, some kind of psychic temperature below the zero level, in a kind of coma sodium night. We can say today this CD was 20 years in advance of its time. Mother Blast could be considerate as the second step of Permafrost -with some updating, but not only- but above all, the eternal state of ultimate cold war music and its endless no man's lands, where rhythms are growing in sound layers like bunkers of the Russian nuclear test site Semipalatinsk or those haunting the island of JG Ballard terminal beach . Then, Welcome, welcome to this terminal beach with Mother Blast, a record absolutely connected to the new cold war time and the resurrection of nuclear war threat." [Nicolas Moulin]

Tracklist:
A1. "Little Boy" Pilot (2014)
A2. Mother Blast (2014)
B3. Enola II (2014)
B4. Ersatz Stellungen (1997 revised 2014)
B5. Sluggy Tango (2013)
B6. Rawa Ruska (1985 revised 2014)
C7. Keep On Trucking (2014)
C8. Permafrost #3 (1988 revised 2014)
C9. Another Killing Age (2014)
C10. Victorian Washing Machine (2014)
D11. Wish You Were Not Here (1999 revised 2014)
D12. Panzerfaust (1988 revised 2014)



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"If we consider the fact that most of the tracks included in this umpteenth release by French wizard of electronic industrial Christian Renou, who resurrected his notorious moniker Brume in 2008, have been composed in 2014 or are old tracks revisited between 2013 and 2014, could let you surmise this album was stored in some drawer before it could have been taken out of it at a moment when it could sound apter to the renewed fears of a forthcoming apocalypse. Nowadays the spectre of a nuclear holocaust got massively fed by a series of doomsayers and catastrophists, who seized the opportunity of spreading panic-inducing and tragic opinions related to the recent political facts, so that this time seems to be ripe enough for a release, that gives an X-ray to the more disquieting trace that mankind left on modern history. Christian always refused to be filed under some stylistic label by means of the same old argument according to which labels are just a tool of marketing (I don't entirely agree with such an opinion, to be honest, as labelling music is sometimes a useful way to give an idea to listeners) and he often succeeds in escaping any attempt of sticking a precise definition by melting techniques and references that belong to many areas (primarily industrial, electronic, dark ambient, musique concrete, but also some outputs by Richard Pinhas' Heldon, Boyd Rice or Death in June), so that I wouldn't mind such an idiosyncrasy is a hoity-toity symptom. Besides such a minor matter, Monsieur Renou masterfully focuses on a sort of soundtrack that could perfectly fit the waiting of a nuclear bombing inside a subterranean bunker since the opening "'Little Boy' Pilot", where he rendered the lucid insanity of Paul Tibbets, the American pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb (Brume included some vocal snippets by this ridiculously heroic US patriot, who showed no regrets for having killed more than 80 thousand people by invoking reasons of state), to the sinister squeaking and the roaring rattling electro-rock of the final "Panzerfaust" - many musical gemstones in between for the lovers of Brume's music such as the sadly evocative "Victorian Washing Machine" and "Ersatz-Stellungen" or the ominous kind of tragic tribalism of tracks like "Sluggy Tango" or "Wish You were not Here" -. The references quoted by Nicolas Moulin, label manager and founder of grautag, who released "Mother Blast" and considered Brume's seminal album "Permafrost" a source for inspiration for the artistic path of the label, are guessed: "Mother Blast could be considerate as the second step of Permafrost - with some updating, but not only- but overall, the eternal state of ultimate cold war music and its endless no man's lands, where rhythms are growing in sound layers like bunkers of Russian Test nuclear site Semipalatinsk or those witch haunting the Ireland of JG Ballard terminal beach ." [Chain D.L.K.]