At no moment while listening to PoiL’s Brossaklitt album did I have any idea what the hell was going on. From the opening track to the end, Brossaklitt’s random chaos and quirkiness was relentless. PoiL is an avant-garde band from France that I recently discovered while exploring on Bandcamp.com. Brossaklitt opens with the static of Fionosphère, before it erupts into absolute chaos. The opening of the song sounds like a psychotic Pain of Salvation with yelled, semi-rapped vocals until the song mellows out. Later, it takes on a strong Russian character, particularly in the vocals, which makes the listener feel like they are in a schizophrenic Soviet circus. The randomness continues into the title track, which again has a psychotic sound and random, almost gibberish-like vocals. The eccentric musicianship continues into Patachou, and later into MAO, which has a significant electronic element to it, as well as electronically affected vocals. Goddog has a creepier atmosphere, yet still retains the chaotic quirkiness of the rest of the album. Pikiwa has a mellower beginning and even some Mongolian throat-singing as a repetitive rhythm and an underlying quirkiness build. Finally, Brossaklitt closes with La Balade Des Gentils Minouchoux, which is an instrumental track that has plenty of quirky keyboards, and the eccentric music that has predominated the album, in addition to a mellower atmosphere. Brossaklitt is definitely not an album for everyone. There is just so much going on, and so much of it is perhaps too eccentric for most ears, yet it is still provides an interesting listen. Those that enjoy eccentric avant-garde music should find PoiL’s Brossaklitt of interest, while those that are turned off by such styles, may want to avoid the potential headache. I, for one, have generally enjoyed this album, but a particular mood is definitely required to be able to get through the whole thing.
Genre: Avant Garde, Progressive Rock
Label: Dur Et Doux/AltrOck
Release: May 5, 2014
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7. La Balade des Minouchoux