I know exactly nothing about the mind or minds behind Autre Ne Veut. I don’t know where he, she, or they hail from, and I don’t know how far along the mortal coil they are. What I do know is that they are elusive, and real info on the artist as a person (rather than as a project) is tough to find without delving into other review sites, something I am loathe to do for fear of tainting my own article with unintentionally borrowed ideas and perceptions. I also know that this EP, a follow on from last year’s self-titled excursion, kicks ass.
Combining washing bass and jarring synths, “Sweetheart” opens the EP in a way that makes you notice… and you don’t mind it. Lengthy, broad, and floating, yet paradoxically would do well on the dustup scene with minimal tweaking.
Your clothes is the meat and potatoes of the album, definitely the “heaviest” track. It’s sassy and soulful, with that piano loop going over and over beneath.
She Wolf makes an appearance on Track 3, “Not the One”, and her inclusion gives the track an acid trip kind of feel, but cast aside Lucy in the Sky – this is a bad trip where the insects have faces and sing to you (and yet, still enjoyable). My sole concern with the whole EP is that, at just over 2 minutes, “Not The One” strikes the listener as an interlude, something half-formed, or at least half-recorded. It always feels like it’s going to go somewhere, and turns around just before it takes that step into the unknown, yet sought after higher level.
Just Return rounds this piece out. Slightly off-beat (in both senses of the word), it still adheres to the acoustically pleasing melodies found in R’n’B, and its themes of strength and survival are apparent with the passion and pain in the singer’s voice bubbling just below the surface.
Overall, this is a very well constructed piece of work. Autre Ne Veut explores different avenues of avant-pop, without compromising any of the other tracks by comparison. (And just to put your mind at rest, yes, that album art is a very intimate part of a woman. Do you feel better knowing, or not knowing?)