The Daily Re­views: Racine’s Des mil­liers de fenêtres

The McGill Daily - - Culture - —By mariam salaymeh

Fe­bru­ary 13, 2017 marked the day of last- minute Valen­tine’s Day shop­ping, as well as the re­lease of Des mil­liers de fenêtres: an am­bi­ent elec­tronic al­bum by Racine, a Mon­treal- based mul­tidis­ci­plinary artist. The al­bum, trans­lat­ing to ‘ Thou­sands of win­dows,’ con­sists of seven tracks that ex­per­i­ment with rhythm and den­sity. High­lights in­clude the epony­mous ti­tle track and “le lac noir qui nour­rit les sources souter­raines” – roughly trans­lat­ing to ‘ the black lake that nur­tures un­der­ground springs.’

Des mil­liers de fenêtres cracks the code of am­bi­ent mu­sic through the tex­ture and tonal­ity of sound. Elec­tronic beats, static noise, and ethe­real sounds com­pli­ment and bat­tle each other, cre­at­ing a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence that chal­lenges how we re­act to and en­vi­sion what we hear. The songs travel through both emo­tional and phys­i­cal space – or, as Racine him­self puts it, “mem­o­ries of a lost city and sen­sa­tions of a room.” Melodies are pierced through, and dis­si­pated to make way for new ones within the same track.

Racine, also known as Ra­bi­eto, or as band mem­ber of the Dol­phin Dream pyra­mids, has self- pub­lished eight al­bums in Mon­treal. In 2015, he per­formed at MUTEK – the in­ter­na­tional sum­mer fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to elec­tronic mu­sic and dig­i­tal arts – where he worked among artist col­lec­tives such as Daïmôn.

This al­bum is the first col­lab­o­ra­tion between Julien Racine and the sign­ing record la­bel Archipel Musique. He has re­cently per­formed as a DJ at one of Archipel’s events where he com­bined vis­ual im­agery and film pro­jected in the back­ground, with live mu­sic. In fact, the last track of Des mil­liers of fenêtres scores a short film, which has been cre­ated in light of the up­com­ing re­lease. [Check out Des mil­liers de fenêtres at sound­cloud.com/julien­racine.]

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