It starts with gentle waves that evoke desolate tundra, empty landscapes of snow and sky where these long, howling arcs of drone are the gales that sweeps this imagined world then retreating to a low, constant horn-like hum.
This is the opening track "Blue Bared Star" on Enfer Boreal, aka Maxime Primault, latest offering "El Dorado." L'espace Des Éternités Possibles established his credentials as a sonic adventurer of some note. On "El Dorado", the Rennes native makes sonic sculptures that hold rewards both in their intricate details and in their sweeping vista.
"Broken Bones" works in this fashion, with intersecting lines of a kind of flickered purr and percussive pops that sound like the crackling of old vinyl and a kind of low synth rumble where every element seems carefully and individually assembled. "Lost and Lost and Lost" is more minimal, expanding and contracting like long, deep breaths.
The record ends with an almost classic crescendo. "Don Lope" has rattling percussion and shaker that fades away to ascending waves of sound that is almost like a symphony of electric fans, light reified into sound and long notes blown on trumpets several miles away all at once. It has the same grand qualities as Stars of the Lids "Be little with me" which ends Gravitational Pull vs the Desire for an Aquatic Life, both tracks that dwell in the constellations above. 7/10 -- Alex Kakafikas (29 October, 2008)