It wasn’t that long ago that if you went to a gig and on to stage came one singer and one guitarist that you’d know exactly what you were about to
experience and that experience was going to be some sort of acoustic folk.
Modern technology though now allows these duos to do a lot more than those simple acoustic stylings. Drum machines, loopers and samplers give these twosomes to make sounds that you’d normally expect from a much larger band.
This same technology also allows for experimentation with sound that wouldn’t have been achievable with just a guitar meaning that these small bands can touch on genres you wouldn’t have expected.
And this is where La Fin Absolute Du Monde come in, this duo is certinaly experimental and definitely don’t play acoustic folk. La Fin instead play their own brand of neo-noir music. This is essentially indie electronica with hints of their many and varied influences throughout and those influences include, punk, pop, trip hop, downtempo, grunge, in fact you name it and they’ve probably played around with.
Often eschewing standard musical structures La Fin create compositions that are profoundly different to anything you may be used to, tone, mood, tempo, anything can change within the confines of a single song which will forever keep you guessing as to where they are taking you. The heavy rhythms of album opener Descent Into Madness are deep and brooding to be followed by darkly tinged dream pop (nightmare pop?) inspired tracks. All in all it’s an eclectic mix of genres that are blended together seemlessly and artfully with a level of dynamism that is rarely found anywhere. The changing music is greatly complemented by the wonderfully crafted vocals that are delivered in fashions that are as disperate as the music itself.
The real achievement is that despite all the mixes, changes and blending of styles the music works, somehow it all melds together into an outstanding final concoction that is truly musical medicine.
and all this doesn’t begin to touch on what they are like live. If you ever get a chance to see them play I would highly recommend going and I’m sure you wont regret it!