L'eoscombu Couti -- Five Cambridge Utilities

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Band L'eoscombu Couti
Album Five Cambridge Utilities
Country Canada
Genre Ambient, Noise
Link https://couti.bandcamp.com/
Release date (album) 2016
Release date (review) 2016/07/25


What is it that comes to mind once the town Cambridge pops up? It may be fair to say that the university would be of some importance when it comes to this, considering how it is portrayed in the media and in general. Leaving this aside, then what can be said about the town without taking a dive into a Wikipedia article and without consulting Google? Furthermore, are those five utilities mentioned in the title associated in any kind of way with either of the aforementioned places or is it supposed to be understood in metaphorically?

However one is supposed to interpret these three words from the title of the release, the music is complacent in creating a certain shroud of mystery regarding this output. Five tracks -- naturally -- appear on the tape and the music is quite adapt in providing the proper atmosphere for some kind of relaxation and contemplation. Being rather inoffensive and flowing along gently, the undisturbed melodies fill the space with a mixture of calm ambient, noise elements and the vague sound instruments. Naturally, it does not demand something from the listener and does not attempt to obtrude itself. Rather, all is somewhat distant and slightly inaccessible.

The cover presents to the curious person an inversion of a photography. Should someone care to take the effort and flip the image once more, then a desert-like landscape is being presented to the viewer with a pyramid at the back and a lone piece of rock on the right side. It has something artificial to it, something not entirely real and this impression is increased through the background and its paper-like touch. The visual facets attempts to lure the listener into a certain realm -- desert, oasis, sacred, Egyptian -- while the composition in its entirety does not attempt to overshadow the artificial nature of the arrangement. The supposition of the speciality or even the superiority that is common in the portrayal of something as mystic, is being subverted by the way the band has dealt with the background.

Somehow this definite impression stands in contrast to what the music actually tries to create. It does not come over as being comprehensible in the sense as the listener might get an immediate visual representation of the person responsible for the sounds. Somehow being in this pyramid is like being in a church and someone would be playing an organ in a special chamber or location that is generally prohibited from access and therefore also from the visual aspect. All that actually remains is the music. And it does a good job in leading the listener through tiny specs of calmness and atmospheric pleasantries. Vague memories of something sacred that is now being presented in a different kind of way and for a different purpose. Is this how the cover artwork and the sounds fit together? Is there a link after all? As usual, there are more questions than answers. Nevertheless, the music on this tape has its own touch and fascination. Definitely good for a spin now and then.