LFant — LFant
(Dur et Doux DD-040, 2019, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-02-12
LFant is the solo effort of Guilhem Meier, drummer of PoIL, Icsis, PinioL, Ukandanz, Pili Coit, Le Grand Sbam, etc. He plays prepared drums and the result can be summed up as self-indulgent rubbish. This album contains 14 tracks of banging, clanging, clattering, moaning, feedback, off-key singing in a can, and random sounds lasting well over an hour and is 76 minutes too long. And if I ever make it through this album, it will be 76 minutes of my life that I can never get back. The promo material says this was improvised, and it certainly sounds like it. To me it appears that Guilhem entered the studio without a plan or thought for what he was going to do, attached all manner of oddball metallic things to his drums, turned on the recording equipment, and started wailing away on his drum kit. There is absolutely nothing about this album to recommend. It is not an academic approach to prepared drums, which could have been interesting and possibly innovative. The song titles appear to be as random as the music, a term that I use loosely here — sound events in time and space: “Lam,” “Vam,” “Ram,” “Yam,” “Ham,” “Sue,“ “Jen,” “Diary,” “Bohemian,” etc. This is one album that probably only appeals to the musician who created it.
Related artist(s): Guilhem Meier / LFant
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