Prepare for some spastic thrashing and epic vocalizing: Igorrr might very well be the great white hope of whatever-core. With "Nostril", this French musician draws from his impressive recording experience to create a dense and particularly wild ride that puts enthusiasm and energy back in your stereo: fast beats, sudden breaks, majestic moments, the whole thing crystal clear and more detailed than the most roccoco paintings. Free of any recognizable influences, new and very fun: here's quite a tremendous slap in the face from an act to follow closely. (Get this on CD / on double LP / as mp3)
And now for something radically different. The oldest among us might remember a time when a crazy new sound labelled as "breakcore" took its first bars, mixing fresh ideas and renewed energy into a club scene grown stale. Fast forward a decade later: geeky time signatures and louder-than-thou attitude have for the most part met their expiration date. That's when Igorrr comes in: call it whatever you want, but this French act's "Nostril" brings back enthusiasm and frenzy in your stereo.
Following two self-released albums (which recently got pressed onto vinyl by Greece's Impulsive Art), "Nostril" is the big step onto the stage by this French act. And what a leap: one would be hard pressed to find something to compare this album to. Fast staccato beats? Check. Heavy guitars and screams? Check. Baroque strings and chanson samples? Check. It might help that Gautier Serre, when he's not writing tracks for Igorrr or for Whourkr (his metal side-project) works as a recording and mastering engineer, as we imagine him using the time after his shifts to juggle, experiment and play around with all kind of deranged sounds, instruments and arrangements available.
It's the variety and sheer freshness that makes Igorrr such a stand out act: marrying the energy of newcomers with the composition talent of an experienced act, he infuses in his music elements which have truly never met before, giving birth to songs whose ancestry would be hard to trace.
A compact, dense and wild affair, "Nostril" is Igorrr's coming of age album, in which the skills gathered with the previous ones are focused into a highly musical, seductive whole. Carried on by its playfulness, insanity and self-assurance, we find ourselves bouncing up, thrashing out or head-nodding furiously, as we all wished we would again one day. Welcome to "baroque-core".