Mudslide on the French Riviera
The French Riviera: its sun, its beaches, its palm trees, its charming villages… and its fuzzy music! Formed by three young wizards of the local heavy scene – Micka (Yarostan, Seules les Mortes), Clément (Wormsand, Clystone), and Antoine (Spiralpark, Carivari) – Bourbier brings some mud and rain to the French southeast coast idyllic landscape!
To be released on local – and most valuable – label Poutrasseau Records on December 3rd, the French power trio’s debut and eponym EP Bourbier explores sludgy territory with hints of psychedelia and post-hardcore atmospheres. All of this with screamed singing and muddy riffs!
So today we are more than happy to present you with the premiere of this nasty EP, check it out:
How is the sound?
Opener “Garden of Eden” launches Bourbier’s EP with a high-paced riff and harsh drumming. Then comes the screamed singing, driving this 2.13 minutes onslaught. This first track depicts a very dark and violent face of the Garden of Eden. It announces how Bourbier will be: violent, aggressive, crushing, and merciless.
The second track “Machinery” is slower but still sententious. The main riff is punitive and delivers a more doom-oriented sludge. The next one, “Deserters”, sounds more complex. It is composed around a kind of oriental riff, offering a new vibe to Bourbier’s music. The atmospheric phase in the middle constitutes the first really psychedelic moment of the album and proves the band’s ability to build up post-metal atmospheres. The fourth track “Effigies” comes back to a more punk-oriented sludge, with its unstoppable riff and a great two-voice screamed singing.
“Quagmire” is the longest track of the album (5.02 minutes) and the one where atmospheric passages are the most present. A dirty and groovy riff at the beginning gives way to a contemplative phase, before coming back to a crushing riff and so on. This play between these two distinct faces really makes the essence of Bourbier’s music. The last one, called “Delusion”, closes the French trio’s debut EP with a pure muddy sludgy track, brightened up by hints of psychedelia in the middle and during the outro.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because Bourbier delivers a modern and violent sludge sound.
- Because the atmospheric passages demonstrate that Bourbier’s music takes inspiration from a large diversity of heavy and psychedelic music.
- Because this EP is a gateway to the emergent French Riviera heavy scene (Wormsand, Carivari, Spiralpark, etc.)
In what situation should you listen to this album?
It’s the perfect album for the cold and rainy seasons of autumn and winter.