Descendre cinq lacs au travers d'une voilé (1998)

New release featuring the calm meditative sounds of ALIO DIE (providing samples, textures and drones) and YANNICK DAUBY completing the collage with electronic effects, water treatments and Tibetan bowls. A virtual silent
running through of the most hidden feelings in dreamy atmospherics - an instrumental collage of enchanting sounds and gentle complexity. Nice piece, limited to 1000 copies only in A6 sized full colour wallet.

There's a sea beyond the mountains. The sea is where you're going, and to get there, you must go through the mountains. And to get to the mountains, you must first pass through the ice caverns. And before that, there is the marsh. Though the journey will not be an easy one, it will be short, and you will not be harmed. And your time at the see will be a bouyant and joyous one, a font of wistful memories and sated desires. Do not let the journey dissuade you -- focus on the the beauty of the sea. Oh, I remember all my times at the sea, and I never hesitate to go there whenever it is that I can. My only regret is that there are so few of the original maps left. Seek thee.

"Descendre Cinq Lacs au Tavers D'Une Voile" is a three-inch mini CD from Alio Die, nee Stefano Musso, and Yannick Dauby.  Stefano has been rather prolific of late, both in his solo work and in his collaborations. This disc is so typical of his style that even the deepest listeners will struggle to identify Yannick's contributions.  But they are there!  There are some very exotic and convoluted experimental sounds among Stefano's signature minimalist manipulations.  Those are Yannick's. This disc is a trip to the lighter side of Stefano's realm.  Yannick's sound design augments the brightness with a curious filipio as an exclamation point!  This disc needs and provides warmth and comfort.  Share it with a friend!

Reviewed by Jim Brenholts, author of "Tracks Across the Universe: A Chronology of Ambient and Electronic Music"