ROSTRES is a 2017 instrumental project by Alain Brunet, lead guitarist of French hardcore band Dead Like Me. First thought as a studio side project, this first Lp rapidly began to develop itself.Joined by Lionel Mermin (Dead Like Me) on drums, it was immediately obvious to the founders that this album needed to be played and heard live.Rostres is now a band in its own right, composed of various musicians from Pau, France.Les Corps Flottants, Rostres’ first Lp, will be released simultaneously on Wooaaargh (DE), Celestine records (FR), Dingleberry records (DE) and Slow Burn records (RU) in 2018.
Brunet Alain : Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Mermin Lionel : Drums, Percussions
Les Corps Flottants
1.Les corps flottants 08:25
6.Au faîte des honneurs 09:05
Rostres debut album.
Co-release w/ Celestine records (FR), Wooaaargh (DE), Slow burn records (RU), Dingleberry (DE).
“Dynamic French duo ROSTRES present their first full length album ‘Les Corps Flottants’, a journey through turgid sludge, post-rock and shoegaze. Think of a slowed down Pelican or sped up Neurosis and you will have the right idea. These guys create huge atmosphere through pure riffage and towering, crashing drums alone. The album is fully instrumental as is often the case in this genre but that is not to it’s detriment, the dynamics of the performance and at times lyrical lead guitar/synth/even string patterns wandering back and forth across the riff gives the ear everything it could want. This is an exceptional ‘post’ album with a variety of sounds to both punish and reward the listener! The primary tone here can be defined as ‘BIG’. These are towering, monumental riffs supported by thunderous drums and given a sense of space with glittering effect drenched noise, juxtaposed against swathes of open ground, breathing and building room until the next mountain of noise for the listener to climb.”
released June 29, 2018
Mermin Lionel : Drums and percussion.
Brunet Alain : Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Ebow.
Additional tracks :
Salles Jean-Baptiste : Double Bass (Track 1, 5 and 6)
Duboux Julien : Harmonica (Track 6)
Bonnetain Nicolas : Guitar (Track 5)
Kevin Communal : Percussion (Track 1, 3, 4, 5)
Recorded & Mixed by Alain Brunet at Celestine studio (Pau, FR)
Assistant : Kevin Communal
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East Mastering Cambridge, (USA)
(((O))) REVIEW: ROSTRES – LES CORPS FLOTTANTS
Les Corps Flottants by Rostres
Rostres on the web:
Facebook | Bandcamp |Release date: June 29, 2018
Label: Wooaaargh / Celestine records / Slow Burn records / Dingleberry
It seems that the Pyrenees Mountains may have played a large part in influencing the music of French duo Rostre on debut release Les Corps Flottants. Hailing from Pau in Southern France, the town rests at the foot of the vast range which acts as a physical border between France and Spain. The seven tracks display a brooding style of post-rock that traverses smooth still mountainous ponds as well as throwing itself off steep peaks into the heavier side of the genre. At first it can be hard to make the climb but if given time this is a very rewarding listen; this isn’t generic music served to you on a platter, it makes you think to find it’s true beauty.
Rostre doesn’t follow the traditional post-rock build and crescendo patterns instead going for a focus on a dark thunderous atmosphere. If you allow yourself to be taken by the music you get a real sense of the environment of the mountains. Opener ‘Les Corps Flottants’ has a rich texture in the ringing guitar and warm crashing cymbals yet the result is a forbearing gloomy track. The first half of the album also seems to be a climb with moments of release as shown in both ‘Exorde’ and ‘Méandres’. It feels like a beaten up old car which made easy work of the rest of the flat French countryside but is now struggling to carry the weight of the music over the first incline. As the car reaches a plateau it is able to open up once more and release some extra power. The music really carries a feeling of space throughout, from its quieter moments to the thunderous, just as you would expect when in the Pyrenees.
Celebrating life on the plateau is mid-point ‘118’, which has a real feeling of recent pg.lost to it. Although it is glorious in its simplicity and beauty it feels as though the song could have been given more room to grow and so can come across like a bit of filler when considered in the scope of the album. As the weather in the mountains rapidly changes so too does the musical atmosphere. ‘Glaire’ opens with a thunderous riff which feels like the dark clouds rolling over before it breaks down to a brooding movement before kicking off again. In a similar way album closer ‘Déversoir’ hits hard but keeps the harsh guitar progressions up throughout the entirety of the song, certainly a great way to end the album.
It may take a few listens to really reach into the music but that becomes the strength of it. This isn’t a record that will just be played a couple of times and forgotten about. I have no doubt there will be a time in the future when I am traversing a mountainous region with drastically changing landscape and be taken back to the tracks on this debut. Sometimes reaping the rewards of music is simple and instant and that is also true here; but if you allow the time to truly explore the music and allow it to surround you the results are even more stunning.
Stupendous French duo sludge, post-rock and shoegaze, with a dense atmosphere, with long well-structured melodies, with an intense viceral cadence, emphasizing imposing, distorted riffs and a very high stunning drum that throws us in a storm of precise and vigorous notes and chords. Excellent debut album, Congratulations to Duo for the great work. Aryon Maiden