Exposé Online banner

Aun — VII
(Important Records IMPREC289, 2010, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

VII Cover art

Aun is the Montreal duo of Martin Dumais (guitar, synths, violin, bass, and programming) and Julie Leblanc (synths, guitar, and percussion) who create powerful droning noise soundscapes, much the same as Nadja. Aun has been creating these sonic tomes since 2006 and VII is appropriately their seventh release. The opening track, “Drainbow,” is particularly chaotic with an incredible wall of sound that continually threatens to develop into something, but remains amorphous. This a nightmarish disconcerting piece. “Broken Hill” follows and is less chaotic, but still the buzz saw distorted and detuned guitars swirl about your head. After about a minute, Voivoid’s Michel “Away” Langevin contributes drums, which tends to add structure to the formless noise power surges. “Falcon” is the highlight of VII as Away’s mechanical drumming makes this piece take flight. The remaining two tracks are more of the same high frequencies over a foundation of low heavily distorted guitars. The extreme processing of the guitars exaggerates the harmonics that interact to create the impression of structure and complexity in the music. This is difficult music to take all at once. It is loud and the white noise nature of Aun’s approach fills the entire sonic spectrum with an assault on your ears that you do not recognize until the music ends. I find it intriguing that there is a fan base for this music. It must be the appeal of the testosterone-laden aggressiveness of the music.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Aun

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Giant for a Life - A Tribute to Gentle Giant – The second of two tributes to rock's most misunderstood progressive band is another hodgepodge of tracks from the Gentle Giant catalog. Most bands seem to adopt the policy of covering the original...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover

Merkaba streaming



Print issues