Mathias Delplanque is a performance artist based in France. Delplanque is known under various names: in his dub incarnation he is known as Lena, in his electronic counterpart he is know as Bidlo. He has also recorded as an ensemble under the guises of Stensil and The Missing Ensemble. Delplanque?s output has been released on both the Quatermass and Sounds Around labels.
Recording as Mathias Delplanque, he creates sound installations for visual art pieces. Delplanque is of the opinion that sound enhances the nuances and subtlety of visual art both extending its reach to the inner and outer spheres of human experience. He is thus a strong believer in the collaboration of art and music.
On "Le Pavillon Temoin" - "The Show House," Delplanque takes the listener on an aural trip around his house. Beginning with the skirting boards, a laid back electronic, guitar and drum based piece, we proceed to the switches (really), then onto the ?non reflecting glass?, which reminded me a lot of (VxPxC) - electronica intermingled with guitars, feedback and percussion. The overall effect is of relaxing in a carpet lined Turkish coffee house, with manic bits interspersed. The fragile balance of sounds from acoustic to abstract is apparent throughout.
Throughout this improvised set acoustic instruments form the backbone of the compositions often dissolving into abstract sound, noise collages and melodic pieces. This is a personal and subtle piece of work exploring the reaches and interconnectedness of modern electronica, jazz, folk and musique concrete. Beautiful, fragile yet robust. Good news too - no mortgage required to purchase this CD either! 8/10 -- Seamus Nash (14 August, 2007)