CD, Audiotrauma, 2008
Before we get started here, I have to mention that I’m a big fan of the whole Audiotrauma catalogue. Since the beginning this french label from Strasburg has provided us nothing but great stuff, with releases from several acts such as Chrysalide, Sonic Area, F.Y.D., Twinkle, Ten Data Keshin, Baxter Lilly and so on, which all perform some original, well-produced and powerful electronic music which fits into a large range of influences such as industrial, noise, electronica, breakcore and digital hardcore. One could say that this new release by Mind Necrosis Factor is quite similar to the label’s previous releases in terms of quality, but it’s also far different in terms of music style.
“Morphogenesis” is actually much softer, more dark ambient/IDM oriented, but also full of beautiful melodies (the piano parts sound great), cutting edge – but not brutal – rythms, industrial soundscapes, ethnic influences (Tibetan religious chants on the track “Senescence”, tribal cries, and so on), and even a wonderfully well-played Spanish flamenco guitar on the track “Sombras”. So there are a lot of ‘warm’ and acoustic sounds in this album, which make it sounds quite different, more original than most of the records in this scene, which are usually pretty ‘cold’ sounding.
All of these elements contribute to create immersive atmospheres which make you travel through the dark universe of Mind Necrosis Factor (aka Pierrick Coupé, who plays all the instruments by himself, except for the Spanish guitar which is performed by his friend A. Gaignard) and discover the “Morphogenesis” phenomenon.
As is written down in the album’s booklet, “Morphogenesis is the beginning of the shape, the source of a new form…” It’s actually a technical term used by biologists to describe the set up of a lifeform’s structure, the beginning of its arrangement. Through this record, Pierrick Coupé wanted to recreate a similar process to combine lots of various elements into a coherent whole – and did so very succesfully.
— Olivier Noel