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Album Review

Apparently feeling that they had taken their initial concept — one guitarist, playing one guitar sent simultaneously through four different combos of pedals and amps, and one drummer with an aggressive, prog-influenced style — as far as it could go on their previous albums, French duo Chevreuil open things up just a bit on Capoeira. Keyboards and samples make a subtle appearance, courtesy of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, who even adds a distant, atmospheric vocal to the last track, "Solier Superieur." Also, guitarist Tony C. introduces a new wrinkle to the band's sound, la guitare magnetique, which turns out to be not so new. Working on pretty much exactly the same principle as the Gizmo, the device that Lol Creme and Kevin Godley introduced on their epic three-LP set Consequences back in 1977, this is a method of generating and manipulating sustain to create ghostly drones, which the multi-amp set-up then further devolves so that most of the album consists of waves of pure indeterminate sound that mesh with Julien F.'s forceful drumming rather than simply floating above it. Steve Albini's live-in-the-room production, as always, gives the album an immediacy most similar experimental rock efforts lack. However, for all the subtle changes in Chevreuil's sound, their songwriting and improv methods remain basically the same, and anyone left cold by the duo's earlier records will likely remain unmoved by Capoeira.


Formed: December, 1998

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This French duo from Nantes started to exude his noisy sound in November 1998. Their music has always been very influenced by the Chicago scene and especially by Steve Albini's Shellac. Face to face, the guitar and the drum are the two instruments dueling in the band: on one side stands Tony C., with many effect pedals, facing the drummer Julien F. Riffs and beats are both syncopated, heavy, and powerful. In the first two years of their career, they have played as guest for bands as reputed as Laddio...
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