Cover picture Merci-Merci Kittel/Boubaker urn004 ‐ 11/2016

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This release had been splitted in 2 formats: 12" 45T vinyle & numeric on bandcamp

Heddy Boubaker (analog modular synthetiser) / Alexandre Kittel (table cymbal & electronics)
Recorded by Heddy Boubaker & Alexandre Kittel
Mixed & edited by Alexandre Kittel
Mastered by WM® studio, Mulhouse

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  • Petit Karibou (graphic design)
  • Alexandre Kittel & Un Rêve Nu (production)
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    Back in Vital Weekly 1015 I reviewed the split LP by Vortex and J-Kristoff Camps, and I noticed back then that Boubaker moved from playing the saxophone to a modular synth set-up, but maybe I thought this was only for his work in Vortex (not to be confused with the band of the same name, reviewed last week), but now, with this duo record with Alexandre Kittel, he still plays it, so perhaps we are dealing with a more permanent change, away from the horn? Kittel here plays 'table cymbals and electronics', and I assume 'table cymbals' are those cymbals that lie on a table. Much like the Vortex side of that split record, things aren't particular careful here, even when it's also not straight away harsh noise music. This is the kind of free form 'noise' music that I enjoy very much. The music is very much freely improvised by these players, rattles about from time to time, it peeps and bursts but it has a very fine free improvisation/free jazz energy that is on a constant shift. Both players aren't isolated on their own island, as they keep interacting and changing the scene throughout, responding to each other and leaving room to the other when necessary. Backwards as well as forward, this I thought was a most pleasant record, of not a bit short. The good news is that at the same time there are two more pieces, even a few minutes longer at that, available from the bandcamp side of the label. So in fact it's double release, and perhaps a double set of vinyl would have been great, but this too is an excellent solution. One has in the end little over an hour of some excellent music.

    Frans de Waard -- Vital Weekly #1058

    Souvenir de la Maison peinte ? En juin dernier, l’endroit de Labarthe-sur-Lèze fermait ses portes à l’improvisation qu’Heddy Boubaker y a longtemps soignée. Ni dernier message adressé de la maison ni chant (improvisé) du cygne, Merci Merci est le duo que forment désormais Boubaker et Alexandre Kittel (déjà remarqué au son du grisli pour son Micro_Pénis).
    S’il semble avoir, depuis l’enregistrement, délaissé le synthétiseur modulaire pour les guitares, c’est à cet instrument que l’on trouve encore Boubaker ‐ à l’intérieur, même, recherchant dans ses circuits des rumeurs capables de se glisser entre deux salves de cymbales et d’électronique propulsées par son partenaire.
    Les premières secondes, c’est l’espoir d’entendre un Borbetomagus étouffé sous idiophone mais les crépitements et sifflements finissent par avoir raison de l’exercice. C’est alors pour le duo un repli effectué en souffles tressés et en signaux minuscules, les chocs métalliques agaçant l’abstraction de grisailles à laquelle travaille le matériel électronique. Pour être plus libres de leurs gestes, Boubaker et Kittel n’en mesurent pas moins leurs expressions, et c’est là tout le sel de ces deux belles pièces d’improvisation – auxquels font écho Conte et La Cula sur Bandcamp.

    Guillaume Belhomme -- Le Son du Grisli