For its 52nd release, Da! Heard It Records proposes “Panoplies”, Froe Char’s 7th work.
The term panoply may refer to a full suit of armor, or to a display of appurtenances. An idea that alludes to the hybridity of this seventh album by Froe Char, activist of dark music with his own music, his collaborations (Illustration Sonore), and his label Spielzeug Muzak. A display of appurtenances, because“Panoplies” is composite, like a combination of multiple styles.
Here, darkwave, techno and tribal rhythms intertwine; there, industrial-noise and synthetic layers tune in, as in Universal Drowning and ARIA, pieces that were inspired by water and breath. The link is done less through style than through emotions, in which a pain that is neither tamed nor resigned dominates, full of dark energy. Froe Char also emphasizes his Neapolitan roots, singing two songs in Italian, and with Tarantism, gives a nod to Italian tarantism, these ritual dances that heal the victims of tarantula bites in southern Italy.
“Panoplies” is a cathartic and solitary trip around human fractures and earth elements. To be listened to loudly, very loudly, in our lost rooms!
Nils & Froechar (text)
Danielle Josset (translation)