“Noiseless Moonbeam Thrill” is a fitting title for the low-level drone/sound excursions that French sound artist Enfer Boreal (a.k.a. Maxime Primault) helms on this full-length packaged with the consistently brilliant artwork from Housecraft. At least one could say it is certainly a ‘thrill’ to hear the spellbinding results of Primault’s tasteful assemblage of fucked-with field recordings, looping electronics, and sculpted feedback.
Wave-like swells of sound form the backdrop of the opening track “La Pluie Aux Yeux Obscures”, while the sounds of heavy rainfall and other electronics whir about. Midway through a soothing loop mounts before the track gurgles to a close. The second track “Double Rama” also hints at nature’s elements with its more ominous static windstorm. The repeating moan of what sounds like an approaching ship thickens throughout the middle section while various electronics swim around it and get more gnarled by the end of the track. Primault crafts more sustained low-level ambience on “Pope” and the more expansive feedback purr of “Ouvrez-Moi Cette Porte Ou Je Frappe En Pleurant”; however, on the echo-laden crackle’n’crank of “Les Realites Celestes” he injects a subtle playfulness to the proceedings.
Fans of the Touch label, or really drone fans of any sort, could probably make room in their collection for “Noiseless Moonbeam Thrill”. It’s limited to 60 copies, so best to act fast. 7/10 -- David Perron (12 February, 2009)