L’amitié – Jean-Sébastien Truchy

Fly Pan Am’s Jean-Sébastien Truchy offers up another release under his own name titled ‘L’amitié’. The new record from Jean-Sébastien Truchy released on cassette features two highly experimental and highly challenging 30-minute tracks. At roughly an hour in length, Truchy challenges us with a highly colorful collage of sounds, styles, genres and anything else the musician feels like bombarding us with. With everything features on ‘L’amitié’ constantly moving and shifting around in an unpredictable way, it comes across as music that is incredibly inaccessible and challenging, though there is also something utterly engrossing about the entire trip.

Jean-Sébastien Truchy certainly knows how to paint a collage with sound, as is evident on his latest solo work. The music featured on ‘L’amitié’ ranges incredibly in style and genre, being completely unpredictable though incredibly engrossing for some unknown reason. It’s all very challenging and bombarding, but there’s something so interesting and precise about everything Truchy presents across his two recordings. At times, ‘L’amitié’ can be subtle, whilst at others it is right up in your face in a rather intimidating way. It is in many ways perfect experimental music, featuring both elements of the accessible and inaccessible.

‘L’amitié’ is in no way an easy listen, and with it both being an incredibly experimental record, and being a recording at roughly one hour in length, it becomes an incredibly challenging listen. Whilst the recordings sport some phenomenal creative ideas from Truchy, there’s still the whole experimental vibe to get over, which is at times really hard to get ones head around, even if one is open to the potential ideas of experimental music. It’s perhaps a little hard to really work out what the hell it is Truchy is trying to say, if he is trying to say anything at all.

There’s the risk in experimental music that the experiments themselves are simply a gimmick to be laughed at, whilst the recordings themselves offer nothing. Jean-Sébastien Truchy has managed though to create something incredibly experimental with ‘L’amitié’, which still sounds interesting and enjoyable. Whilst incredibly challenging, ‘L’amitié’ can be listened to, and to some extent it can actually be enjoyed, if one finds what Truchy is offering to be to their taste. Perhaps ‘L’amitié’ is a little too crazy at times, though the music itself seem to suggest that this is the point.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Le Refus
  • Traces[et] Transgression[(s)]

Jean-Sébastien Truchy’s solo album ‘L’amité’ is out now.

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