rob (u) rang
CD 6 page digipack + booklet
Contrasting directions, going from techno to modern tribal, the Rob(u)rang project deals in experimentation, repetition and the use of rhythm boxes.
Gabriel Séverin initiated Rob(U)Rang in 2000, but has only released handful of albums since. Here, G. Séverin draws his inspiration from yorùbá spells (collected in Nigeria and Benin), initially designed to cure diseases or solve problems. The results resemble raw afro rock full of lively percussion (warming up the chill of drum machines), led by a possessed, trance-inducing voice.
Now and then, lighter moments and dub-like surprises pop up, pleasantly cooling things down before entering the next entranced state.
On this recording Gabriel is assisted by a few multi-instrumentalist friends: Xavier Klaine (Winter Family) on organs, Alain Lefebvre (Digital Dance, Durutti Column,Tuxedo Moon) on percussions, Quentin Hanon (aka Johnny Superglu, Fan Club Orchestra) on bass and guitar, Gil Mortio (Joy As A Toy, P.V.) on bass and guitar, Laurène Laroche (Babelouze) on flute and Céline Mouffe on clarinet.
The booklet contains all the texts in yorùbá with their english translation.
Founder and member of a string of bands, including Ultraphonist, Babils, Dead Hollywood Stars, Jardin d'Usure, Logatomistes, Moonsanto, Silk Saw and more, Gabriel Séverin (born in 1963) explores several musical styles and various artistic disciplines. He is fascinated by obscure avant-gardes (in 2009 he released an album with his own interpretations of raw literature and writers like Henri Michaux). He does mastering for several labels, and records, mixes and produces many artists.