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13/05/2011 : RAYOGRAPHS - Rayographs

RAYOGRAPHS

Rayographs

MusicCD
IndiePsychedelic

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Desire Records
13/05/2011, Didier CZEPCZYK

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This youthful London combo takes its name from a photograph technique invented by the famous Man Ray, and are now delivering their first album in a classic guitar/bass/drum format. After Rayographs had released two self produced singles in November 2008 and July 2009, this eponymous work creates a link between psychedelic rock from the end of the sixties and the post-grunge of the nineties. Sympathetic intercourse between Jefferson Airplane and PJ Harvey or Throwing Muses and decadent blues worthy of a David Lynch movie soundtrack. Rayographs' three young lasses deliver us inspired, often mid-tempo compositions.

Astrud Steenhouder's voice is warm and sensual. She alternates elegantly between whispering, recital and melancholic singing. And when her voice is treated with a light distortion, the overall effect isn't too far off a sort of Portishead in acoustic overdrive. The guitars, played mainly with a natural crunch sound, are seemingly atmospheric. Full of reverb, their sweet arpeggios become violently discordant when the tension builds. The production, credited to John Hannon, is clean and fluid. The addition of xylophone and flute on some tracks adds an overall baroque and experimental touch. No chart topper on this album but ten consistent tracks played by a band which seems to be threatening to leave the alternative scene very soon. In the best possible way.

Didier CZEPCZYK
13/05/2011


FR

Tirant son nom d’une technique de photographie mise au point par le grand Man Ray, ce jeune combo londonien au classique format guitare/basse/batterie nous propose son premier album. Faisant suite à deux singles autoproduits en novembre 2008 et Juillet 2009, cet opus éponyme tisse un lien entre le rock psychédélique de la fin des sixties et le post-grunge des nineties. Une belle rencontre entre Jefferson Airplane et PJ Harvey ou encore les Throwing Muses et le blues décadent digne d’une bande son d’un film de David Lynch. Les trois jeunes femmes formant Rayographs nous livrent des compositions inspirées, souvent mid-tempo.

La voix d’Astrud Steenhouder est chaude et sensuelle. Elle alterne avec élégance chuchotements, récitations, et envolées mélancoliques. Et quand son timbre se voit traité avec une légère distorsion, le tout n’est pas loin de sonner comme une sorte de Portishead en mode acoustique sur-vitaminé. Le travail sur les guitares, principalement jouées en son crunch naturel, se veut atmosphérique. Gonflées de réverbération, elles sont douces en arpèges et violemment dissonantes quand la tension monte. La production confiée à John Hannon est fluide et propre. L’ajout de xylophone et de flûte sur certains morceaux donne à l’ensemble une touche expérimentale et baroque. Pas de tube en puissance sur cet album mais dix plages s’enchaînant de manière homogène pour un groupe qui semble promis à quitter rapidement la scène alternative. Et ce sans aucune péjoration.

Didier CZEPCZYK
13/05/2011


 

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