Mihai Edrisch
L'un Sans L'Autre


4.0
excellent

Review

by RunAmokRampant USER (8 Reviews)
November 1st, 2007 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: L’un san l’autre is a unrelenting, dissonantly beautiful and brooding album that defines the genre beyond surface value. For fans of Envy, Daitro, CTTS, this is a must listen.

Okay I’m going to come clean here, I’m not all too familiar with the whole emo scene, let alone the European emo scene and I’m also not too confident about the history of emo, but I know a decent band when I hear it. But when I’m scouting for new bands, I’m very instinctive about what I like with bands that experiment within the boundaries a particular genre, but more importantly with bands that experiment outside of a genre. I feel that the whole emo scene recently has exploded into a foray of creative exploration, particularly since bands like Circle Takes the Square and Hot Cross which have had a resounding impact on modern emo. Mihai Edsrich, along with fellow French emo band, Daitro, (among other European bands) have taken the progressive and desperate elements of emo and have ran with them to form their own creative horizons and I don’t think they really care what transformations transpire or how far away they stray. They paradoxically keep the scene real by not keeping it real, by pushing the emo sound to new levels of desperation and thoughtfulness.

L’un san l’autre (One Without the Other) is Mihai Edrisch’s first album, and the album cover depicts a child sitting with her arms wrapped around her knees and a huge sky that looms above. This reflects the music nicely and helps establish the themes between the transitions from innocence to experience. The album opens up with Les Enfants (Children), a haunting opener with the sounds of children which flows into ‘La Pluie’ that explodes into a frenzy of distorted guitar and drums. The chaos is maintained as long as the track but then goes onto a deeper level than anticipated with ‘Et Pourtant,’ which is probably the album’s best song. The chaos transforms into a sense of desperation when the verse bleeds out of the preceding insanity to complete and utter despair, helped by the vocals that appear to texture the sound rather than just being about simply singing words in key or sounding angry. Mihai Edrisch does this a lot throughout the album; they build a moment, reach an invigoratingly rich crescendo, and then smash it down again as if it were not possible to maintain that explosive emotion for a sustained period. They do this with extremely good timing. Especially with ‘A demi-mots’, a track which is pretty much an escalade, built up using the same chords but adding slowly to the culmination and swirl of sound that is similar to the drawn out (in a positive sense) motifs used by bands like Isis and Cult of Luna. The band has the uncanny ability to create beauty from the dissonance of so many cringe-worthy chords that have been meticulously placed to create a vivid impression of desperation.

Arpeggio filled bridges seem to be a familiar motif throughout the album as well, with tracks such the title track and ‘Je l’appelai’, which turns from a highly energetic screamo escapade to Refused-ish punk authority. There are some quiet, thoughtful, and even brooding moments throughout that sometimes seem to be placed a little too contrived, and doesn’t seem to feel as natural, but that is probably the only downside to this album. But they act well as breathing spaces and it balances out the hectic flight of most of the other heavier tracks.

As for the instruments individually, the guitars are melodious and simultaneously destructive (in a good artistic sense) at the right places. Particularly in the most demented sections, the guitars remain on a distinctive direction. The drums are hard hitting and help build up a lot of progression with simple variations of rhythm from quiet, methodical drumming, to frantic urgency to almost math metal proportions. Although the bass is drowned out for quite a bit, it has some nice moments that establish atmosphere and incorporate nifty breaks such as the one in the title track. The vocals are actually not bad at all, and even though I don’t understand a word he is saying, the emotion emanating from his voice and his conviction of his screaming is commendable.

It is an incredible debut, filled with emotionally charged dissonant desperation that is layered with a desire for innocence that frames this album perfectly. The album closes with a solemn ‘Les Arbres’, which returns to the sounds of children playing but without the haunting feel as the lone acoustic guitar evokes a sense of the inevitability of experience. And L’un san l’autre is one hell of a listening experience. They are an extremely tight band whose songwriting lends itself to a sound that is dynamic and unrelenting.

I would think that if this was an American band, or just an English speaking band, they would’ve been hailed in the same category as the rebellious, but dead, Refused and hyped about by fans of the genre like fellow American emo counterparts, Hot Cross and CTTS. Maybe that is good thing, but unfortunately Mihai Edrisch have perhaps followed the emo traditional too closely because they have since disbanded since reaching their creative peak as their follow up sophomore album ‘Un jour sans lendemain’ is even better than this one. This is a must get for fans of Envy, whose sound is probably the most accurate comparison to Mihai Edrisch.


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RunAmokRampant
November 1st 2007


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yer, this album is great. Any grammatical errors, punctuations errors etc, please let me know.



Yer if anyone can get the album cover up that would be sweet.This Message Edited On 11.01.07

cbmartinez
November 1st 2007


2525 Comments


Great album, I might review their other album. Their drummer now plays for Daitro, he's incredible.

RunAmokRampant
November 1st 2007


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yer I heard about that. Good for him. But really, what's with the trend of prematurely breaking up?

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Emeritus
November 1st 2007


3998 Comments


Could we get an up? I've been looking for this but haven't been able to find it.

RunAmokRampant
November 1st 2007


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just go to their homepage, mate. www.mihaiedrisch.com



Get both albums.

cbmartinez
November 1st 2007


2525 Comments


[quote=RunAmokRampant]Yer I heard about that. Good for him. But really, what's with the trend of prematurely breaking up?[/quote]

It's standard protocol for all emo bands to break up right when they start becoming somewhat popular or good.

astrel
November 1st 2007


2615 Comments


^ tr00f.

Fort23
November 1st 2007


2968 Comments


dammit, i cant get this album on my itunes. i gotta try agin, cuz the small snippets I get are realy good. good work.

Bleak123
December 15th 2008


1900 Comments


yeah this is pretty cool

iamrockzorz
December 20th 2008


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everyone needs to realize that both of this band's cds have been put up for free at www.mihaiedrisch.com



COME ON

Bleak123
December 20th 2008


1900 Comments


Yeah, that's where I got my copies.

gaslightanthem
July 21st 2009


5209 Comments


this is actually so so so good

TRMshadow
January 15th 2010


4983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You have the wrong cover art. good album though.

Skimaskcheck
March 19th 2010


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There seems to be a fair few covers for this, anyone know which is right?

Still absolutely love this album

TRMshadow
March 19th 2010


4983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

On the page you can download it at it has a different cover



://denovali.com/mihaiedrisch/



So I'd go with that one

Skimaskcheck
March 19th 2010


2364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good shout, changed it.



Also changed the title, although I'm not sure how they capitalise certain things in French... i.e. L'un or L'Un...?

Ah well

SlightlyEpic
March 19th 2010


5784 Comments


woah woah woah how do you change the cover art and title once it's in the database without writing a review already?

Also this is a fantastic album

TRMshadow
March 19th 2010


4983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My Guess is that he's the one that originally posted it. I've put 50 or so albums into the database and I can all change those from my page.

SlightlyEpic
March 19th 2010


5784 Comments


really? where from on the page?

TRMshadow
March 20th 2010


4983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Go to your user page and underneath your pic there should be a tab that says "Edit My Reviews/Albums". After that it should be pretty easy.



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