Okay, so before your eyes roll out of your head either from desire or the desire to run into the woods never to be heard or seen from again, hear me out. Yes, everything is Pumpkin Spice flavored, this recipe included. Yes, it’s overwhelming if you’re just not that into it. BUT…
Greetings to one and all ChipWINizens joining us for this wonderful “Pumpkin Spice” edition of Stoking the Forge. This month, my attention turns to the heavily spiced late August release by aliceffekt, ‘Damoiseau + Canalx’.
And that is the end of that gag.
aliceffekt is the alias of the interactive developer Devine Lu Linvega, a globe-trotting adventurer possessing multiple artistic talents, predominantly focused on drawing, programming and musical expression.
‘Damoiseau + Canalx’ was a side project for aliceffekt, worked on while his next full release was coming together. He described it as an exploration of industrial and darkstep in the spirit of his previous release, ‘Blam, Le Passage Sacrilege‘.
The circumstances of production really captured my attention. ‘Damoiseau + Canalx’ was recorded as it was played live at the final AMP event at Passport in Montreal. It was released as it was played that night, displaying an unwavering self-assurance in his skill that I respect.
The music itself is as murky and percussive as one would expect from anything sporting labels like “industrial” and “dark”. That just serves as a nice bit of backdropping, and isn’t the end-all definition of this release. Each track has its own defining characteristics that demand a closer look, so let’s get down to it!