Fargue is a Swiss/Finnish drone-rock duo founded by the multi-instrumentalists Samuel Vaney (Muhd) and Eeli Helin (Fawn Limbs, Mireplaner…), whose debut full-length “Ruines, Irradiées” will be released via Cavsas, a division of Cyclic Law. Fargue was founded late 2019, after Helin and Vaney had been working together on an ancillary project, and realised that they share mutual interest and passion towards ambient, drone, post-rock, and other forms of experimental music. Not long after discussing about the subjects, the pair decided to pursue their musical ambitions together, and imminently begun the ongoing creation process that some time later harnessed Fargue as their moniker and actualised through the release of their well-received debut EP Phosphène in April, 2020. While the duo has worked on multiple projects before and are currently part of a plethora of them both together and individually, Fargue is an entity of its own; a unique addition to the performers’ vastly varied sonic scope.
The foundation for “Ruines, Irradiées” was written and recorded during the first half of 2020, as the duet spent countless hours meticulously crafting and molding the songs together as well as alone in their respective corners of the world. As a result, each of the eight tracks on the album is the consequence of both a thorough composition process and free improvisation, atmospheric but tangible bodies of work further solidified by the inclusion of the session drummer Lee Fisher and his versatile percussions. In its core, Ruines, Irradiées is the demonstration of individual freedom, ebb, and flow, merging into one coherent and vibrant, alluring expression that is simultaneously ponderous but fragile, tangible but distant, and emotionally impactful. Ruines, Irradiées speaks through a primal aural language bereft of words but infused with meaning. The duo coined the term drone-rock to best describe their vision and ingrained blend of styles, and albeit it might seem elusive at first, it explains itself thoroughly via the process of listening. The slowly evolving and unfolding textures possess a sense of pace and time that evades the standard frames of ambient and drone music, still advancing in a more spacious manner and being less concrete than post-rock or rock in general, hence the peculiar stylistic tag comes to play and aptly suits Fargue’s sound.
As for the meaning behind their moniker, Fargue is a French word/concept roughly translating to the singular form of “to accuse/burden”, and in nautical terms meaning either the concealment from an assailant, or an object meant to both prevent sailors falling overboard as well as restricting water from entering the vessel. The name can also be seen as a nod towards the French poet Léon-Paul Fargue known for his atmospheric and highly detailed works spanning multiple literary movements, albeit this connotation is hardly a coincidence that presented itself only after the band has chosen their title. All in all, the term can’t be summed up to bear a single meaning, but mirrors the central idea of the music itself by being open for unrestricted interpretation. Artwork by Eeli Helin, Layout by Dehn Sora.
CD Edition of 300 copies in 6 panels Digisleeve, matt lamination. 8 Tracks. Running Time 61:40
GENRE: Doom Metal/Drone/Experimental