Don't you just love super-groups? Whatever musical category you pick, they've always existed and for as long as record companies are willing to look at ways of increasing their cash flow, they always will. Though Quintet Avant is a French music concrete-improv ensemble, I somehow doubt their grand raison d'être is to make money. Lionel Marchetti, Jérôme Noetinger, Jean Pallandre, Marc Pichelin and Laurent Sassi all play a variety of musical objects — from analogue synths, to microphones and reel-to-reels.
Recorded back in 2002, the audio represents what was happening at that time musically, though to be fair, this is still fresh stuff. Sensory overload is what the ensemble does best. Through the squeaks, the furiously paced glitches, the abrasive scratching sounds, through to the turntable sounds of records being manipulated to death, they do it all. Make no mistake; this isn't easy listening by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, if anything, it requires that you absorb yourself in the world they've created — fully and completely. On the other hand, there's much humour in their presentation. How else would you enjoy sounds that mimic wind-up toys, shutting doors or sounds of crazy birds chirping up a storm? Even the calm moments sound plausible. Nothing is impossible in the world this quintet has dreamed up. In the name of good fun and under the heading of serious music served up to entertain, anything is possible.
Tom Sekowski- music live report