Ledoux album. I have to admit, judging from the biography I was a bit sceptic. I mean, jazz isn't
really my thing and experimental jazz even less. Dark jazz, that's a different story, I love dark
jazz. However, we're not really dealing with that here, we're dealing with something way beyond jazz.
I'll try to explain...
Gabriel Ledoux is a Montreal-established composer, producer and arranger. His music is characterized by its expressiveness, contrasts and integration of spoken words. Most of all, on this album it's characterized by an unstoppable urge to experiment. Le Vide Parfait, which translates as 'The Perfect Emptiness' is a strange, unsettling world of sounds, written by Ledoux and performed by about ten musicians and vocalists. There are violins, guitars, drums, vibraphones, horns and several other instruments but none of them are used in a conventional way.
Electronics are another important part in the work of Ledoux, as well as spoken word samples from a number of events in the recent past, including a mass suicide and 9/11. Along with the highly unpredictable appearances and disappearances of the diversity of sounds, this creates an uneasy, almost nervous atmosphere. Clearly, this is not easy-listening music, this is sound art, created with a passion that is downright bizarre to most people.
Personally, I don't think I will listen to this album very often, although some tracks are very nice
hybrids of dark jazz, experimental ambient and noise (I do love the song 'He's wounded, fuck' by the way). Yet, I don't think Gabriel Ledoux makes this music for the big audiences. This is something for the chosen few, mainly active in the world of performance art and film-noir. For others this is a strange mix of contemporary, electronics and free jazz music.