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Aural Pleasure Review

Gauchiste: Gauchiste

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Well, ain't this a great way to get the new year started? Gauchiste — a political leftist, from the French gauche, or "awkward" — is a triumvirate of veritably Cage-y anti-musicians from bands no one's ever heard. This, their eponymous debut, consists of 40 minutes of sound, noise, and droning that will likely only appeal to fans of Kayo Dot, the aforementioned John Cage, and other peddlers of ambient sonic weirdness. To point: the first hints of anything remotely musical come in the form of unintelligible growling during "Choeur I" and "Choeur II," while "The Light is Alone" boasts an actual melodic idea a full 15 minutes into the album. Fans deserve to be aware that despite the brief (and notably sick) double-kick passage on "Viols," the "experi-metal" and "ambient metal" veneers under which Gauchiste is being sold are misleading. While there is unquestionably something to be said for such an effort's artistic intentions, be it to challenge the very notion of music or whatever, the sad fact is that Gauchiste's non-tunes may only serve well as the soundtrack to a silent industrial film shot by Andy Warhol during an opium binge. Awkward indeed.

★★ (out of 5 stars)

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