GLX reviews International Hyper Rhythmique's Uncity Nation.
Jean Martial-Guilhem : guitar
Laurence Martial-Guilhem : vocals
Claire Martial-Guilhem : synthesizer
There are plenty of musical acts (mainstream and underground) that make music that's forgettable or music that sadly isn't forgettable. Thankfully, International Hyper Rhythmique's Uncity Nation is an album that stands out and has a solid sound. That doesn't mean that isn't anything bad on the album. Laurence Martial-Guilhem's vocals are lovely, but I can't hear the words that she sings, at times. Even the lyrics that I hear, though not bad, are nothing to write home about. The real strength of the album is the mood.
Jean and Claire Martial-Guilhem (guitar and synthesizer respectively) gives the album a much needed boost. On the instrumental only tracks, the two of them bring their A game. City Nation is a dreamy track that's beautiful and otherworldly at the same time. The mix of Claire's key work and some ambient noise make it one of the best songs on the entire album. La Plus Petite Tempête de Neige is not as great as City Nation, but it still has plenty of punch to it. When paired with Laurence, the album remains enjoyable.
Sure, there are some songs that fall a little flat, but the good outweighs the bad. Les yeux de juin and My Love (which is a great final track) show a great mix of Laurence's vocals with Jean and Claire's work. Though the album is not mind-blowing, it's still a good album. Though some of the weaker songs keep Uncity Nation from becoming a must have album, International Hyper Rhythmique is a group to keep your eye on. Their sound (think M83 mixed with some indie rock) stands out and they have the potential to become one hell of a group. Hopefully, their music can be more polished on their next album.
7.5* out of 10*