Monday, August 28, 2006
Martial Canterel is my friend Sean McBride's electronic project. The album "Confusing Outsides" may have been described on the genetic music website as sounding like "The Wake without guitars". Or perhaps this is how I remember it, at any rate, this description is fairly accurate, it also reminds one of early Human League and Section 25, that is to say, definately like something coming out of Northern England and Northern Europe in the late '70s early 80s. It is appropriate that Martial Canterel is labelmates with Skanfrom aka sleeparchive, (interview with Sleeparchive here) both have an affinity for making music which references and uses original (vintage) equipment to produce solid, fat, chunky analogy synth sounds. Some of the songs also remind me of Mark Van Hoen's solo work and his Locust project. I started playing Martial Canterel's work since first hearing about it in 2004. It was kind of a pain to track down as I had to order it directly from the Belgian distributor flexx. Needless to say, it was definately worth the effort. If you really like older synth sounds combined with narratives about the emptiness of modern life, I suggest you immediately track down Martial Canterel's work.
Check out Martial Canterel's official site.