After a debut tape album released in 2016 through his own imprint Collapsing Market, French producer Louis Vial, aka Eszaid, returns with his first long player, ‘Eurosouvenir‘, due for landing 6th November. Drawing its title from the collision of the ancient world with that of the cash-ruled new order, as epitomised by the collections of 0€ bank notes sold by way of souvenirs near European historical sites, the record traces a vein both dark and hypnotic, akin to the suffocating post-industrial inertia of Mura Oka, the dormant project he co-ran with Latency’s Sidney Gerard.
Lifted from this highly immersive suite of eerie organic melters, rawboned rhythmic experiments and freq-shifting dungeon-like ambiences that’ll have you triple-checking that no psycho secretly lives in your attic, our pick ‘Alicante‘ engineers a finely coagulated melange of gut-churning kicks, subtle droning mechs and obsessive flights of delayed metallic percs, very much sounding like that same psycho skimming his baseball bat over the bars of some filthy hutch, waiting for a new victim to surface. More seriously though, Eszaid’s music really feels like sailing back up to the source of the Lethe, where oblivion and fear reign supreme. Killer release from the Frenchman once again.
Eurosouvenir is released via Collapsing Market on 6th November, pre-order a copy from Bandcamp.
A2. Ne parlons pas de ruines
A3. Dérivation Lente
A4. Notre Mer
B1. Souvenir 1
B4. Faux coupons