06: heavy foot
09: jim joe
songs by rudy trouvé:
Not so much of an album, more a collection of diverse songs by Lou Barlow and Rudy Trouvé, this is a bit of a strange
cd. I can’t say I don’t like it- because I do- it’s just such an ‘anonymous’ album.|
The first twelve tracks are credited as songs by Lou Barlow (who you might know from Dinosaur jr., Sebadoh or the Folk implosion), tracks thirteen to nineteen are credited as Rudy Trouvé songs. There’s a pretty clear difference between the two parts; the Lou Barlow tracks are all a bit more sober, and have the acoustic guitar as a basis, sometimes using samples too. The tracks by Rudy are more diverse; they're all 4-tracks, using samples, electric and acoustic guitar and other instruments. The Rudy Trouvé songs are in a wider range of ‘styles’ too. (not that I don’t like the Lou Barlow tracks though)
I’m not thàt familiar with all of Lou Barlow’s previous music, but Rudy Trouvé definitely combines ideas and even sometimes samples taken straight from his other bands. I also recognized influences from his 110m² project, and there’s also one track which has an almost techno style sound to it, using a sample loop and also the same cut-up structure, as heard in Dead Man Ray and Daan albums.
Although I think this is a very interesting album, I must admit I would have preferred to have some occasional vocals in some songs. The songs themselves are definitely interesting, but due to their varying styles and instrumental nature, it’s a bit difficult to recognize the cd, or at least the Rudy Trouvé part, as a homogenic unity.
Also available as a 12" vinyl.
Lou Barlow is kind of like the Rudy Trouvé of the United States- or more precisely, Rudy Trouvé is Belgium’s Lou Barlow. Involved in numerous bands (Dinosour Jr, Sebadoh, Sentritoh, Folk Implosion,…), Lou Barlow is America’s king of side projects and lo-fi music. He’s been busy with his music for over a decade and a half now, and has inspired Rudy in his bands as Gore Slut and early dEUS.
The Brussels Sub Rosa label saw the connection between these two musicians, and thought it would be a good idea to put the music of the two of them on one
album. To get fans of Barlow in contact with Rudy Trouvé's music, and vice versa is the most obvious motivation.