RECORD REVIEWS, JULY - DECEMBER 2018
YAN HART-LEMONNIER. Le Coeur Et La Raison LP (Adaadat) A great album of self-produced electronic music, experimental in a playful, enjoyable way rather than merely producing avant-garde ramblings for the select few. It’s reminiscent of that period just either side of 1980 when synths and more elaborate keyboards were becoming available to a punk-inspired, DIY-enthused group of artists, who took the opportunity to create their own sounds without the pretentiousness that had previously accompanied technology in music. The results were often heard on John Peel’s radio show and, whilst not everything was an instant classic, there was a lot of great results to be heard. Without consciously recreating styles from that era, Yan Hart-Lemmonier takes elements of more recent dance music and the sort of soundtracks you’d relate to a video arcade to create music that’s both highly individual and very enjoyable. It’s not exactly minimal, but the production is kept to the basics, never adding any embellishments that don’t really need to be there and instead of the more linear, serious efforts that all too often serve as representative for electronic music, this album isn’t afraid to leap off in each and every direction, ensuring that it’s never predictable and keeping you on your toes in the meantime. It’s a lot of fun and while it isn’t going to appeal to everyone, if you tackle it with an open mind there’s every chance that you’re going to fall in love with it !