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Strings of Consciousness

From Beyond Love

(Staubgold; US: 20 Apr 2012; UK: 20 Apr 2012)

The punnily-named Strings of Consciousness are anything but silly—there’s dark mood pervading From Beyond Love that lingers long after the final second has ticked away. The Strings, a collective whose core is comprised of Philippe Petit (no, not the guy who walked across the Twin Towers) and Herve Vincenti, perform “art rock” in the truest sense of the word. From Beyond Love feels more like walking through an exhibit of installations rather than listening to a music album.


Conventional song structures are present here, albeit in a very loose and improvisational way. The purest distillation of this collective’s MO can be found in the final piece, the ominous “Hurt is Where the Home Is”. As an argument between a man and woman builds from bitter jabs to fits of anger, the brooding ambience at the beginning gives way to atonality. This isn’t for the faint of heart, nor for those who like their rock music simple.

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Brice Ezell is Assistant Editor at PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters' Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, "Belle de Jour", was published in 67 Press' inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. He lives in Chicago.


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