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Ensemble Pamplemousse - …This Is The Uplifting Part

The avant-gardistes’ ‘video album’ stretches boundaries and patience

Ensemble Pamplemousse - …This Is The Uplifting Part album artwork

If the term ‘performance art’ sends a shiver down your spine, then for the love of Gong give Ensemble Pamplemousse a miss.

This diverse bunch of musicians/composers share rich experience in musical academia, and were drawn together by their love for experimental music. …This Is The Uplifting Part is a five-track video album that marries the Ensemble’s wildly unorthodox music to an achingly film school aesthetic. In Child Of Chimera three of them stare out of you, garish colours green-screened behind them, and punctuate a long silence with a snare, then whistles, then wild piano manglings. Add old footage of some poor fella falling hard down a concrete stairwell and spoken instructions on how to fry an egg, what have you got? Who knows! Organic Synthesis Vol.1 is the sound of two Clangers sandpapering each other’s skin off, Guillaume de St. Cloud Suffers A Violent Dazzling is a growing drone of hiss and static, with added lab experiments and pics of the moon. Together Again. Again! sees pianist Dave Broome duet with himself in a MIDI, blip-blop style, as he slowly morphs into Atari-era block graphics. We laud those at music’s outer reaches, but this is all a bit too bloody clever by half.

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.