CD " Nervure "

Olivier Dumont, Rodolphe Loubatière - (créative sources, 2012)

Fascinating.  The other-worldly sounds emanating from this duet improvisation are mesmerizing and inducing of out-of-body experiences.


En révélant l’inexploré de leurs instruments (guitare et percussions ici), Olivier Dumont et Rodolphe Loubatière dévoilent un large spectre de résonances.
Les objets sont frottés sur le cerclage des fûts, la peau est massée, chaque portion y est inspectée, le bois des baguettes s’entrechoque : il y a de l’inouï dans le langage circulaire de Rodolphe Loubatière. Plus familière, la guitare d’Olivier Dumont n’en dévoile pas moins quelques fielleux sortilèges : éraillées, malmenées, entrechoquées, les cordes du guitariste grincent et ne cisaillent jamais inutilement. Soit une magnifique exploration de périphéries, rarement entendues jusqu’ici.

Olivier Dumont & Rodolphe Loubatière : Nervure (Creative Sources / Metamkine)
Luc Bouquet © Le son du grisli - Juillet 2012


......The names on tonight’s disc, called Nervure on the Creative Sources label are less known to me, in fact (I think) brand new to me. Olivier Dumont is the guitarist and Rodolphe Loubatiere the percussionist, and while they are not quite in the same league as the names previously mentioned they make the kind of music that its good to listen to on warm evenings under a window with a cold ginger beer… 
There are three tracks on Nervure, with each made up mostly of small sounds scratching and scurrying around one another. The guitar often sounds as much like a further percussive element as Loubatiere’s instrumentation, usually amplified but played with little scurrying explorations and various items tapping and rubbing over the instrument as much as the strings are ever directly addressed by themselves. There are no rhythms as such, no pulse and no real extended passages in which the drums are struck, with extended techniques very much the name of the game from both musicians throughout, but exactly what each of those techniques may look like I haven’t a clue. Like so many improv records, and so many reviews I have written about them, this disc is all about that interplay, that struggle/tussle/squabble/chatter that two musicians in full flight, responding in a flash bring to the music. This isn’t music that will change the world, or even make me reach for the sleeve notes to see if there is anything on them I may have missed. Its clearly a nice clear recording of tinkling children’s musical boxes, tinging metals struck and decaying slowly, prickly tapping and crackling, bowed metal, rubbed strings, hammered hollow wood. Its a lot of nice sounds wrapped together with energy and with a sense of design and balance. It is music for nights like this, when I don’t want to have to think too much, but I want to enjoy the experience of engaging with music to pull it all apart, fathom out how it all works. It shard for me to sit here and recommend this CD particularly highly above a host of other improv discs. There is little to truly set it apart from other acoustic improv duos but its certainly not a bad recording at all, and its exactly what I needed tonight.

Brian Olewnick

Some sonic wormholes and burrs together with hourse springing, odd hiccups, metallic tool grinding and scratches before turning into a searing swirl of white noises, grim dissonances, thudding rolling and squabbling knocks and squeks of the initial long-lasting track "Petiole" limber the listener up for the bizarre experience offered by guitarist Olivier Dumont, who turns his instrument into a percussive and scenic element, and percussionist Rodolphe Loubatiere, who seems to head the collection of sketches of the following "Nervure", which sounds like a collection of many possible strategies to fray guitar strings when they reach some peaks of tautness whereas it acquires very strange tones - guitar often sounds like squawking or strangling itself -. The final and longest recording session, "Limbe", sounds a little bit more well-structures and cinematic than previous ones and beyond hard rubbing, metal and wood rumming and occasional rumpus, you could have the impression they're representing the awkward bustling for the almost desperate repair of an handloom or a music box. Even if it cannot be filed under easy-listening, "Nervure" could disclose many amazing moments for your eardrums.


 Deux disque parus chez Creative Sources que je viens de recevoir de la part de Rodolphe Loubatière. Autant de musiciens français que je n'avais encore jamais entendu. Le premier, nervure, est une collaboration entre Loubatière (batterie) et Olivier Dumont (guitare). Il s'agit de trois improvisations chacune assez longues. De l'improvisation libre instrumentale qui se rapproche du minimalisme tout en s'inspirant de l'improvisation libre non-idiomatique. Dumont et Loubatière génère des textures souvent abrasives et tendues, tout en étant énergiques et nerveux par moments, et contemplatifs à d'autres instants. Le duo joue sur les tensions, les reliefs d'un côté, mais également beaucoup sur l'écoute et l'interaction. Le frottement des peaux et des cymbales se fond dans un larsen, l'agitation des micro-contacts se mêle aux percussions nerveuses et arythmiques de Loubatière. Les timbres sont assez recherchés, les couleurs sont plutôt neuves, et l'écoute est d'une attention constante. C'est varié, pour sûr, mais cet aspect hétéroclite paraît parfois un peu brouillon. On voudrait une position plus claire, moins de compromis et d'entre-deux. Mais on ne peut pas tout avoir... Et ce qu'on a ici, ce sont quand même trois pièces riches, denses, très attentives aux textures et à l'interaction, réactives et collectives. Trois pièces qui s'aventurent quand même avec facilité sur différents terrains, malgré un manque d'affirmation je trouve. Ce n'est pas mémorable, même si les deux musiciens sont talentueux et inventifs. Un disque que j'écoute sans grand plaisir et que j'oublierai donc certainement rapidement, tout en me demandant ce que sera la suite de ces musiciens. Affaire à suivre.

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