See: A live video for French post-rockers BRUIT ≤’s ‘The Machine Is Burning’: the fire and the fury in the Église du Gésu


BRUIT ≤, photographed by Mathilde Cartoux

BLENDING the longform, addictive unfolding blueprints of postrock with a more pastoral chamber quartet aesthetic and thus very much bringing to mind the lately little-visited territories established by the gorgeous Rachel’s, BRUIT ≤ have released a video of them performing the title track of their forthcoming album, The Machine Is Burning, in the hallowed acoustics of the Église du Gésu in Toulouse, a mid-19th century church in the neo-gothic style. You can watch that below.

During filming the group had the pleasure to be accompanied by a brass section from the The Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Wanying Lin, who plays on the church’s incredible organ, built by Cavaillé-Coll, regarded as the Stradivarius of that instrument, to really bring the song home.

The band say “The Machine is Burning” illustrates the fragile last moments of a system that is burning at its hottest. From the first fumes to the blinding blaze, the listener is gradually consumed. “How far will they go?” is a question they wanted to generate in the listener – and one directly linked to the feeling of being alive today.

The band say of the forthcoming album: “We don’t consider this album to be a compilation of separate tracks; but more like a poetic interlude, where every moment introduces the next.

“We prefer long formats because we consider that our modern society disconnects us from our biological and natural rhythm. We think that music should be a medium of reappropriation of our given time.

“We have decided not to diffuse our music on corporate streaming platforms, because we believe they contradict the philosophical and political ideals we defend.”

BRUIT ≤’s The machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again will be released by Elusive Sound digitally on April 2nd, with vinyl to follow; pre-orders are now being taken over at Bandcamp.

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