Thomas Vaquié, 2016

Ecume lives in a space between Pan Sonic's audio menace and Amon Tobin's Foley Room. It's like a strangely listenable variation musique concrète. Vaquié assembles each track patiently, building tense drones in unsettling pitches that bend and break unexpectedly. Eventually, it might give way to metered pulse, but even then the beat is assembled out of unconventional sounds that remain just beyond recognizable. The overall effect of the album is very industrial, emitting dark futurism that reminds me of reading cyberpunk novels.