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Çub — Ouais
(Atypeek Music no#, 2020, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2021-01-20

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I’m starting to get tired of all these French bands that play tricky, proggy math rock. Not that any of them are bad, boring, or repetitious — far from it — it’s just that there are so many of them, and they’re all good. Çub’s twist on the style is their fondness for electronics, which are infused into all the tracks in varying degrees and can take the forms of electronic percussion, atmospheric noises, weird sequences, or full-on synthesizer rock. Barring a bit of wordless singing here and there, it’s entirely instrumental and is mostly high-energy stuff. There are all sorts of complex rhythmic twists, and it’s very catchy in a strange way. Fans of four-on-the-floor dance music or straight-ahead rock might be baffled, but more adventurous listeners should eat it up. There are a few moments of relative calm in the rhythmic onslaught, like the middle section of “Zidiaire,” where a synth drone back a gradually building arrangement that eventually leads back to a reprise of the introductory offbeat rock tune. Ouais is just as good as the band’s last release, Musique Actuelle (2017), and is thoroughly entertaining on both visceral and music-geek levels.

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