Ignis is the sublime second release from the collaborative efforts of the late Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux
Artist: Vainio & Vigroux
Label: Cosmo Rhythmatic
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: Experimental / Noise
Ignis is the second release from the collaborative efforts of the late Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux, following 2015’s Léger Soleil. Although a departure from their previous release in terms of tonal character and use of space, Ignis still sounds undeniably like what you would expect two of Europe’s most daring experimental musician’s meeting would.
The EP opens with Brume, a heady journey through eerie atmospherics, sparse beats, and a continuously morphing lead synth that sounds like a coded message from the furthest reaches of the universe. It’s the kind of tense, somber soundscape that would be right at home in the opening of a sci-fi horror film. The remainder of the A-side slowly builds in intensity to a brutal crescendo, starting with the melancholic, metallic drones of Ne te retourne pas, which eventually give way to an onslaught of brutally distorted drums and demonic effects in the form of Luxure. It’s the kind of sheer “fuck off” track that takes pride in challenging the listener’s ability to stick it out until the end.
Every track on the B side flows like a perfect circle, starting off noisy and aggressive, before diverting into minimalistic, droney, and oddly beautiful territory, and then finally morphing back into a wall of harsh noise. Un peu après le soleil announces itself with guttural blasts of grainy synths, slowly stripping away the sounds until all that’s left is a looping bass growl that eventually gets joined by haunting vocal stabs. Luceat lux starts off equally abrasive, utilising a wave of distorted static that calms itself only to give way to an incessant, digitally crushed pad and rising choruses of reverbed buzzsaw synths. The EP finishes as strongly as it starts with Feux, the most rhythmically consistent track of the lot. A simple, pulsating bassline frames scratchy, warped sequences of flanged metallics, Morse code bleeps, and downright unnerving wails, creating a slow-burning experimental, industrial techno soundscape that will challenge even the most open-minded dancefloors.