June 2017, Best Electronic Album of the Month: Savage Sinusoid by IGORRR

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I was expecting this album for ages, actually since I was literally shocked with their incredible 2012’s Hallelujah. And when it arrived, it delivered.

Igorrr is a unique project, led by one of those musical innovators who appear once every generation. And the last album produced by Gautier Serre and his supporting musicians, Savage Sinusoid, is simply a masterpiece of experimentation and electronic madness and there are absolutely no words to describe how much I love this record.

As a matter of fact, there is no way to properly capture Igorrr’s sound and style by just words, there is literally no way to categorize it and even the association with the Electronic music category may be questioned by someone. The best you can do if you’re not familiar with the production from Gautier Serre and his crazy bandmates is to visit their bandcamp page and start exploring their rich discography.

If this is not your first encounter with the band you already know what to expect with Savage Sinusoid.

On this record, electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals – and as chaotic as this might sometimes seem, there is no lack of heart behind everything thundering from the speakers. (Igorrr.com)

There is however some evolution with the previous works, in particular for what concern the level of experimentation they do with the basic elements of the songs. In the early works of their discography you could see that the starting point of the song (whether it was an harpsichord sonata by Scarlatti or a popular Balkan dance) was just the beginning of an exploratory journey that could eventually lead to something really different. In their last album, the amount of experimentation seems a little bit reduced and the original baselines are more present throughout each of the songs, giving even more diversity to the different tracks of the album.

From a technical point of view, the album is “sample free“, meaning that everything you listen in the album has been played or generated for the purpose of the disc. You really need to see the “making of” videos on YouTube to understand how Igorrr play and record their songs. Here it is one of these videos, look at how skilled are all the musicians involved.

Alternatively, the official video for the song Cheval gives an hint on their unique style.

 

In summary… this is not music for everyone: it requires mental opening, curiosity and sense of wonder to go beyond the chaos. I like it a lot, I’m listening to this album almost uninterruptedly since the first day I got it.

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