London-based French composer Angèle David-Guillou makes audacious music that explores the interaction between rhythm and melody, structure and emotion, permanence and change. Her work is one of incessant dialogue between these elements, creating hypnotic compositions whose mutable internal architecture and shifting melodic accentuations immediately draw the listener in, while constantly, almost imperceptibly, disorienting auditory perception.
It's a compositional process that is central to the nine compelling essays on the aptly titled En Mouvement, David-Guillou's new album, the second under her given name, but it's an approach that was present even in her earlier singer-songwriting work as Klima, and with cult electronic art-rock band Piano Magic. Already here, her signature writing style is characterized by asymmetric bar lengths, irregular verse constructions and zoetrope-like arrangements.
Informed by a rich and eclectic tapestry of cultural stimuli, including Philip Glass's Glassworks, the music for movement of Thomas De Hartmann and George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, French and Spanish Baroque music, Sufi writings, and Sumerian art, the pieces on En Mouvement are the work of a reflective, intellectually engaged yet delightfully instinctive modern composer who has made the limitless mutability implied by the concept of ‘movement' a thing of personal transformation and mesmeric musicality.