With ‘ex-voto’, Christian Renou has forsaken his analogue machines to encourage a fresh approach via digital technology.
As Renou states in his liner notes – he cannot escape narrative structures in his music – his sounds are so evocative of soundtracks without an actual film – encouraging the listener to conjure their own accompanying images.
Yes, it is incredibly melodic, hauntingly so, though at times this is broken by shards of noise and implacable clicks. Midway through ‘ex-voto’, alien beats provide a base for further evocative outpourings of human vs. machine visions.
The introduction of strings brings an elegiac quality to the composition.
Renou, when creating this narrative, did not deny the ghosts of history in the name of progress…
The disintegration and contamination of a guitar motif appears alongside chopped rhythms and often indistinguishable words. These distant, half-remembered voices babble incoherent noise which battle against the sweet, sweet cracked melodies which pitter-patter and dance around your head.
An underlying, delicate metallic whirring plays against a near indecipherable reverie, before the initial guitar melody rears its head for a final time.
Layer upon layer of hubble, bubble, toil, but no trouble, ensures this body of work to be Renou’s masterpiece [Frans de Waard / Vital claimed that this more melodic route was something that he’d like to hear more of, whereas Barry G. Nichols / Whiteline blog / Spekk recording artist, extolled the virtues of Renou’s ‘genius’ with this recording].