Exposé Online banner

Aun — VII
(Important Records IMPREC289, 2010, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

VII Cover art

Aun is the Montreal duo of Martin Dumais (guitar, synths, violin, bass, and programming) and Julie Leblanc (synths, guitar, and percussion) who create powerful droning noise soundscapes, much the same as Nadja. Aun has been creating these sonic tomes since 2006 and VII is appropriately their seventh release. The opening track, “Drainbow,” is particularly chaotic with an incredible wall of sound that continually threatens to develop into something, but remains amorphous. This a nightmarish disconcerting piece. “Broken Hill” follows and is less chaotic, but still the buzz saw distorted and detuned guitars swirl about your head. After about a minute, Voivoid’s Michel “Away” Langevin contributes drums, which tends to add structure to the formless noise power surges. “Falcon” is the highlight of VII as Away’s mechanical drumming makes this piece take flight. The remaining two tracks are more of the same high frequencies over a foundation of low heavily distorted guitars. The extreme processing of the guitars exaggerates the harmonics that interact to create the impression of structure and complexity in the music. This is difficult music to take all at once. It is loud and the white noise nature of Aun’s approach fills the entire sonic spectrum with an assault on your ears that you do not recognize until the music ends. I find it intriguing that there is a fan base for this music. It must be the appeal of the testosterone-laden aggressiveness of the music.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Aun

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pallas - The Dreams of Men – Since their return to active duty in 1999, Scottish neo-proggers Pallas have been working hard to establish themselves as a front line act. Their recent NEARfest appearance helped in that regard,...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues