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PinioL – Photo Credit: Oofzos
The 7-headed Hydra that is PinioL clearly stands out in the French musical landscape. Born out of the spontaneous reunion of two bands (Poil and Ni), PinioL (Yes, there’s a pun, but you need to know French slang…) have chosen to occupy various musical grounds, all of them wild and free (noise, jazz, avant-rock, math) while cultivating a permanent energy and perpetual movement, like only 7 brains can create.
On stage, PinioL are two bass/drum/guitar trios, one on stage left and the other on stage right, separated, or maybe linked, by a keyboard player, the central and converging point. All these elements put together give an impression of strangeness: Are we seeing double? Maybe yes, maybe no, but definitely, that state of uncertainty is an invitation to lose your senses and surrender.
Prepare to give in to the unclassifiable music – a music that is both well thought out and (un)intentionally primal – that you can hear on Bran Coucou, the latest album produced and released by Lyon-based collective Dur Et Doux. From raw frontal bits to dry and stocky sections, PinioL won’t chose between maxi and minimalism and state their singularity loud and clear in their syncretic approach of musical extremes that could be quite hard to associate at first sight.
“Mimolle”, which The Big Takeover premieres here, is a prime example of PinioL’s confounding, and captivating sound: seemingly simplistic at first, the rhythmic and sonic patterns become intricate and hypnotic over the course of the tune, as the listener enter a maze with several entrances, but only one way out. Prepare to be puzzled, then transported into another sonic dimension.
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