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Mika Vainio and Franck Vigroux’s brutal yet filigree electronics hauntingly come to light in ‘Ignis’, which finally discloses the further, etheric results of recording sessions that made up their ‘Peau Froide, Le´ger Soleil’ album in 2014, their celebrated previous collaboration for Cosmo Rhythmatic.

Posthumously issued following Mika’s untimely death in 2017, Ignis taps into the pair’s mutual respect for unsound and proprioceptive allusion, operating at liminal levels of tonal and spatial perception in a six track LP that leaves the project with a sense of unresolved tension.

Since Mika Vainio’s seminal Pan Sonic group with Ilpo Va¨isa¨nen ceased service in 2009, Mika found one of his sharpest foils in French multi-instrumentalist Franck Vigroux. They embarked on a lengthy creative process, articulated through studio and live performances, resulting in the powerful Peau Froide, Le´ger Soleil album and stacks of further recordings planned for a 2nd release.

The end results of their efforts are collected on Ignis, a set of six parts paying tribute to a mutual fascination with what lies at and beyond the threshold of sonic comprehension. Where their previous effort traded in a mix of colossal, pendulous industrial funk and abyss-baiting doom, this follow-up fully embraces the void in all its glorious mystery.

From a trail of icy bleeps, Brume lures us into cathedral-like ice cave dimensions with breathtaking cinematic effect, before the antechamber of Ne te retourne pas highlights those supposed dimensions with streaks of phosphorescing light to much more paranoid, imposing degrees, before calving off into the mechanical jaws of Luxure.

Deep in the beast’s mouth, Vigroux bleats a forlorn vocoder message on Un peu apre's le soleil, and their Luceat lux gives rise to their most extreme, dynamic frequency massages, for Feux to wrap up the trip in a barbed wire bouquet of ravishing distortion.

Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux: Ignis

Brume Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux
Netereournepas Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux
Luxure Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux
Unpeuapreslesoleil Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux
Luceatlux Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux
Feux Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux

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