|Jeux de terre. CD / 2x12" Vinyl. Ant-Zen. 2003|
Drawings and paintings:
Jeux de terre, original release on Bâtarr (Canada) and Tesco (Germany). Re-released in 2003 by Ant-Zen (Germany) with an additional track (*) recorded during the inital 1993 session.
Until 1993, Hugo Girard's only appearance on record had been on a Canadian compilation CD (Adolphe présente), but these new ambient industrial sounds caused enthusiastic reactions in Europe and Canada. The first full length release was a Canadian / German label collaboration: 'Jeux de terre'. This CD was beautifully packaged in a 7"x10" cover and the disc was in a hand numbered paper sleeve. Also included was a postcard and several large prints of nicely drawn insects - the text was in both French and English. The original 'Jeux de terre' has been deleted for years. Now there is the opportunity for Vromb addicts to get it again on CD and for the first-time on vinyl. This re-release is in celebration of the ten year anniversary of Vromb.
The concept behind 'Jeux de terre' (earth plays) was of a journey through an imaginary world of insects. Insects that had not been identified yet - as you can now read in English for the first time. 'Insects, go for food or discovery, warzone, life purpose at the insect dimension' as Girard explains it.
The sound on this disc is less beat oriented than later Vromb releases, but nevertheless it is partly rhythmic. Drones and basses create a hypnotic and sometimes threatening atmosphere. You might seem to hear natural, even sampled, insect sounds but there were no samplers used. Just 'strictly analog and digital synthesis'.
You can hear what makes Vromb's music unique even on his debut. A soundtrack to a film yet completed.
The Ant-Zen re-release contains one unreleased extra track which was intended for the original version and an 8 page booklet which includes a modified version of the original artwork.
Original info-text (Hugo Girard) and postcard
Sketches by Josée Boulay