JAC BERROCAL / AKI ONDA / DAN WARBURTON – Un Jour Tu Verras

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Loyal followers of the late Paris Transatlantic will definitely recall the tour diary of a 2005 live adventure shared by Dan Warburton (and his violin) with blasphemous trumpeter Jac Berrocal and cassette wizard Aki Onda. To those not familiar with that story I suggest to give it a serious read. At least one can get a picture of what happens when artists not warmly greeted by the stylish cliques manage to play and survive – in less than ideal settings – across a continent for several weeks, occasionally fighting against ignorant promoters and pathetic excuses to avoid forking out the banknotes.

It takes some guts (and a wicked sense of humor) to sustain such a regime of health-endangering conditions and still be able to come up with something musically meaningful. And yet, more than clownish games and ineffective rage Un Jour Tu Verras seems to depict a sort of desolate wisdom. The dynamic environments range from mechanically human to overwhelmingly reiterative, the improvisations bathing in endless currents of near-psychedelic reverb. Its primary constituents might even be considered “normal” to begin with. Warburton and Berrocal are not lacking in sheer musical inventiveness: besides slanted droning and poverty-stricken howls, gripping melodic cells are also observed before the ultimate dissolution into desperate cries, frantic tremolos and combinations thereof. Onda is the indisputable glueing factor: starting from basic rhythmic sequences or simple percussive noises, his acoustic milieus gradually reach the state of mud-frequency mantra, propagations of low-budget awareness working wonders in terms of vibe transmission. In “Soundcheck”, a skeletal disco-folk cum vocal absurdity (Berrocal) gradually morphs into plumbeous endlessness in a clear illustration of these gentlemen’s poetics.

Finding music whose emotional values emerge from the absence of detailed definitions is always a nice surprise. Eleven years ago, this trio of entirely different personalities was looking for a common ground after decades of multiple individual experiences. Considering how actual this album sounds, their quest deserves admiration to this day.

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