BRUIT
The Machine Is Burning...


5.0
classic

Review

by Brinner USER (3 Reviews)
April 17th, 2021 | 126 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Understated French quartet beat Godspeed at their own game.

BRUIT ≤ are a four piece post rock/modern classical band from Toulouse, France. Their name literally translates as ‘noise’ but my word, the noise they make is nothing short of breath taking. In October 2018, the quartet released their first EP, Monolith which set an intimidating benchmark for the band as they traversed multiple genres across two sprawling tracks. It was dark, fresh, patient and, particularly with closing track ‘The Fall’, suffocating.

Fast forward eighteen months and BRUIT ≤ presents their first full length, the intriguingly-titled ‘The Machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again’. Those who understand modern post rock to be predictable in its striving for quiet and loud clichés will be pleasantly surprised by this record. Sure, there are stunning climaxes here, but it doesn’t feel at all forced. Instead, we experience necessary release rather than token bombardment.

The first two tracks, Industry and Renaissance, link seamlessly together and tell a vivid story of growth and decay. Industry delights with its trap-influence beat and blipping electronics as it builds layer upon layer of calculated noise. Gorgeous strings outro the opener after a short French monologue eases the listener down after the earlier catharsis.

Renaissance is far less immediate with an acoustic guitar setting a calmer scene. It is comfortably the lightest track in mood on the record with a dazzling clarinet interlude by Florianne Tardy germinating the seeds sown by Theophile Antolinos’ acoustics. The wall of sound that washes over like a passing storm is short-lived and impactful. There’s care taken with each composition here with immaculate production complimenting the strong songwriting.

Amazing Old Tree is the penultimate track and one that tackles the global issue of habitat loss through logging. The drawling speech speaks of radicals trying to save the remaining 5% of the North American forests, turning the notion on its head by stating that what’s radical is chopping down 95%. This is all set against a droning and insistent backdrop of synths and bass that create a deep feeling of unease before they bleed out into the title track.

The Machine Is Burning closes this remarkable record with twelve minutes of perfection. The power and barely-contained fury that builds across the opening six minutes enthrals and grips you like only classics of the genre can. The release that follows this slow build is worth the album price several times over. It is a grand symphony for a troubled world, one that leaves your jaw on the floor as the instruments joyously celebrate their own destruction.

The Machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again is a tour de force that transcends the post rock genre. BRUIT ≤ have created a stunning record, refining a unique sound that teased something special on their 2018 EP. What has followed will grab the attention of newcomers to the band but, for those who have kept tabs on this understated French quartet since that EP, the fact that this new record is so flawlessly executed will come as no surprise at all.

https://bruitofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-machine-is-burning-and-now-everyone-knows-it-could-happen-again


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Brinner
April 17th 2021


73 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have attempted to upload jpegs of the album covers but no luck so far- it just goes white. Maybe a staff member could do it instead?



Either way, get on this album, it's astonishingly good for a debut. Hope I don't sound too gushing.

parksungjoon
April 17th 2021


31674 Comments


woah

Digging: Make a Change...Kill Yourself - II

parksungjoon
April 17th 2021


31674 Comments


rip art still not fixed

Senetrix666
April 17th 2021


458 Comments


just listened to their live performance of the title track. holy fucking shit

Emo
April 18th 2021


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

phenomenal album

Brinner
April 18th 2021


73 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah that live performance is absolutely incredible.

Prancer
April 18th 2021


1270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no words. this album is an experience.

Gillie
April 19th 2021


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is peak post-rock. Amazing.

hogan900
April 19th 2021


3207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

well that was unexpected.

hogan900
April 19th 2021


3207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

its really hard to pick a favorite out of the bunch, each is colossal in their own rights. Never would have thought Godspeed would be trounced this bad in such a short period of time.

quetzal
April 20th 2021


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn this is spectacular so far, i'll update with a rating when i'm done

parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


31674 Comments


cool

cordwainerbird
April 21st 2021


1056 Comments


alright cool. may come back here

Digging: Sparks - Kimono My House

quetzal
April 21st 2021


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tracks 1 and 4 are so much better than the middle two tracks that I can't justify a higher rating. Great stuff though.

Beardog
April 21st 2021


4016 Comments


Very sad this is not on Spotify

parksungjoon
April 21st 2021


31674 Comments


yea

RadioSuicide
April 21st 2021


1969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ur bandcamp link is broken



this is more Kashiwa than Godspeed

Scoot
April 21st 2021


20562 Comments


they boycotted streaming platforms except for bandcamp

cool album, need the vinyl when it drops

RadioSuicide
April 21st 2021


1969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i noticed lol. can't blame them, really



also i take it back this is like a quarter Kashiwa, a quarter Mono, and half Godspeed

hogan900
April 21st 2021


3207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

track 2 is actually my fav tbh



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