Since their debut in 1992 within the rave and techno scene, the DJ and sound artist duo founded by Jean-Yves Leloup and Eric Pajot was indeed rather illustrated with mixes, sound montages and collages (see discography), presented in the form of radio broadcasts, cinemixes, performances or audiovisual installations.
I-Land shows another aspect of Radiomentale’s work. The album gathers three recent original compositions, each one lasting twenty minutes. Mixing vocals with field recordings (natural and urban sounds) and electronic sounds, as well as revealing a rich and poetic universe, halfway between ambient, electro-acoustic and sound art.
The characteristic features of Radiomentale’s sounds remain untouched: human vocals, immersion and hypnosis aesthetics, cinematic climate, sense of narration and atmospheres.
[…] Here we deal with something that is much more ambient in approach, through the use of synthesizers, field recordings, acoustic sounds, sound effects, and in 'Sinking' a fair amount of voices of calm and dark nature.[…] All three pieces, all around twenty minutes, have this great soundtrack like quality. Like listening to a movie, rather than watching one. […] Among all the improvised music which landed on this desk in the past week, this is one that is not only different, but also one that was on repeat play for an afternoon.
Frans de Waard for Vital Weekly
released November 8, 2012
Written and produced by Jean Yves Leloup and Eric Pajot
Mastering by Vincent Villuis @ Ultimae Studio
Pictures by Eric Pajot
Graphic Design by Nicolas de Gorter