The sound of Falter Bramnk sounds similar to other French acts like Momus and Gong; there is an eclectic push on â€œMinimal Romanceâ€ that meshes well with a very spastic set of arrangements. There seems to be a raw type of sound that really is prevalent from the opening of the disc; there is a brashness about â€œRecall of the Soulsâ€ that should keep individuals listening, with the express purpose of figuring out where Falter Bramnk will go next.
There is a classical sound to â€œWaltz for Lon Chaneyâ€ that really sounds like something out of Amelie, with a shuffling beat and a fancy free sound really achieved by the horns present on the track. These horns are not being played by strong, confident individuals but individuals that let a timidness and rapidly increasing sense of chaos into the track. The second half of â€œWaltz for Lon Chaneyâ€ is actually the third track, â€œHeadwork and dancing feetâ€; what was originally a jazz-influenced track has changed to something much more experimental. The different sections of â€œHeadwork and dancing feetâ€ and the fact that there is little warning between these sections put Bramnk into the realm of â€œJoeâ€™s Garageâ€ era Frank Zappa. However disparate the elements are during â€œMinimal Romanceâ€, there is a fairly visible thread common to all of the tracks here.
This thread really has to be Bramnkâ€™s jazz influence, which comes back a number of times throughout the course of the disc. Everything is approached with a masterâ€™s hand here on the disc, which really says a lot considering that the differing styles go as far as from industrial to pop to jazz and all throughout that. â€œSheâ€™s Far From The Landâ€ may be the most cohesive of the tracks on â€œMinimal Romanceâ€, in that it mixes instrumental with a very soulful, almost blues type of singing on Bramnkâ€™s part. The instrumental cityscape that is created in the background of â€œLandâ€ really does more for the track than any horn or piano could do; however odd the combination of the two may sound, the fact remains that it is a solid and smart track on Bramnkâ€™s part. At an hour, individuals have to be ready for anything to come out of left field; simply having the disc one when one is cleaning is not an adequate form of defense. With all the different styles, â€œMinimal Romanceâ€ is quite like the grab bag, with each track revealing much different in the ways of Bramnkâ€™s influences.
Top Tracks: Sheâ€™s Far From The Land, Headwork and Dancing Feet
Falter Bramnk â€“ Minimal Romance / 2006 Acidsoxx / 12 Tracks / http://falter.bramnk.free.fr/ / http://www.acidsoxx.com / Reviewed 21 January 2006