expAlbum014 - 2011
"On Silver, multi-instrumentalist Charles-Eric Charrier directs his collaborators Ronan Benoit, and Cyril Secq, through a lesson in tension and release. Dismissing genre boundaries Silver deftly plants its roots on a plateau in a strange land somewhere between the worlds of psychedelic post-rock, electronic, improv jazz and modern composition. Over the course of five movements, Charrier and company illustrate how to successfully kaleidoscope an eclectic range of influences into a cohesive and unique whole. From the smokey sludged psych rock blues jam of 21 Echoes, the jazz lounge pitter-pat of brushed snares and tapped hats coalesced with analog synth and brass vibrations on 12 From, to the plucked and bowed folk strings and hand drums of 9 Moving, Silver draws a new musical blueprint for the post-everything generation. Charles-Eric Charrier, half of the duo MAN alongside Rasim Biyikli known most recently for their 2005 album Helping Hand on Sub Rosa, has recorded multiple albums, film scores, and collaborative projects with painters and choreographers. He also writes and records solo as Oldman, and has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians including Sid Toure (Thrill Jockey), Mathias Delplanque (Lena), Rob Mazurek, Jérôme Paressant (abraxas projekt), The Clogs, Orange Blossom, Rhys Chatham, Teamforest, The Floating Roots Orchestra, and Le Coq."