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Kouma — AibohphobiA
(Dur et Doux DD-031, 2019, LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-09-09

AibohphobiA Cover art

AibohphobiA is Kouma’s third album. Kouma is the trio of Romain Dugelay (baritone sax and keyboards), Damien Cluzel (baritone guitar) and Léo Dumont (drums), who have worked with the groups Pixvae and Polymorphy. The album title is a palindrome and their soundtrack about the everyday reversibility of travel. The forward track is “Aller” with complex repeating riffs with abrupt shifts to ambience and back. The ostinato riffs give the appearance of a locked groove, with the track ending with a simple repeating rhythmic loop. The other track is “Retour” a reversal of the composition, but not reversed tapes. “Retour” has a more electronic and experitmental vibe, with the trio further developing the music. Written by Romain, these two pieces are exactly the same duration 13:37, and based on the concept of writing in mirror where a musical phrase has a musical symmetry, a musical palindrome. This academic compositional concept actually works very well with “Retour” being more engaging and not seeming as repetitive as “Aller.”


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Kouma

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http://kouma.bandcamp.com/album/aibohphobia

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