Discret

by Mulan Serrico

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Mulan Serrico "Discret" LP (Crudités / SDZ - CRU011)

"Le coup de trique ténu, minimaliste, d’une boîte à rythmes de l’âge de pierre. Un séquenceur dévide ses boucles lancinantes, tandis qu’une voix brouillée susurre des sérénades douce-amères. Crooner sans pare-chocs, Mulan Serrico a le blues qui colle aux basques, la mélancolie des grands espaces corrélée au repli sur soi. Le regard droit et la gorge haute, la prestance d’un roi face au Rien. Le grenoblois Nicolas Murer, dont Mulan Serrico n’est rien d’autre que l’anagramme, est un artiste qui n’a rien à vendre et rien à perdre. Il fut jadis Ton Ami (2005-2008), mais a mille autres projets solo sous le coude sur son label Stochastic Releases: Macon, Maurer ou Spor Tranquil selon l’humeur, quand il ne lâche pas les clébards avec son duo Gueule Ouverte, hymnes punk-rock aux poches trouées. Il a également à son actif un opéra-performance en duo avec l’artiste contemporaine Lili Reynaud-Dewar, qui a été montrée à la Biennale de Venise en 2015.

Mulan Serrico, c’est un peu la synthèse de tout ça. Ses chansons électro low-fi prennent racine le long d’un plissement de terrain, la besace de Paul Celan sanglée au garrot de Chris & Cosey. Agoraphobie envahissante, croupissure électronique. Complainte solitaire, isolationnisme proustien. Une musique des non-dits et des chuchotements inavouables, des « vérités pleines d’alcool ». Horizon de l’absence, acid house capitonnée. Labeur toujours, amour jamais. Anesthésie des sentiments en direction assistée. New beat des âmes damnées, techno sculptée dans le granit. Un lavis d’acide qui dilue les souffrances dans l’euphorie de l’instant. La suffisance monomaniaque qui confine à l’auto-dénigrement, l’hilarité sans rire des désespérés. Poésie décharnée sur un dancefloor décimé, la prose de Mulan Serrico s’acharne à faire obstruction au marasme en attendant les lendemains qui chantent."

- Julien Bécourt.

Artwork: Lili Reynaud Dewar

Site web Crudités: cruditestapes.tumblr.com

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Mulan Serrico "Discret" LP (Crudités / SDZ - CRU011)

"A rhythm box from the Stone Age, as thin as a rake, pops up all of a sudden. A sequencer spits its throbbing loops while a blurred voice whispers a bitter-sweet serenade. Crooner without a shield, Mulan Serrico's got the blues under his skin, but his melancholic tendencies, deeply linked to the great outdoors, may reach the point of autistic withdrawal. Looking straight and standing tall, he possesses the presence of a king conquering the nothingness. An inhabitant of Grenoble, Mulan Serrico - which is the anagram of his full name, Nicolas Murer - is an artist who’s got nothing to sell and nothing to lose. He used to be Ton Ami (2005-2008), but has plenty of other projects under his Stochastic Releases belt, such as Macon, Murer or Spor Tranquil, depending on his mood. When anger takes over, he might as well break loose with his mighty Gueule Ouverte duet, which performs stone-broke punk-rock anthems. Last but not least, he’s behind a long-lasting collaboration with the contemporary French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar, including an intimate opera that was performed at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Well, this record is pretty much a summary of everything mentioned above. His low-fi electro songs are rooted in a landslide, Paul Celan’s burden hanging at the withers of Chris & Cosey. Invasive agoraphobia, electronic stagnation. Solitary lament, Proustian isolationism. A music born from cryptic thoughts and shameful whispers, in order to blurt out "truths full of alcohol". Horizon of the absence, Acid House for padded cells. Labour still, love never. Anesthesia of the feelings to the power steering system. New Beat for hypochondriacs, techno carved in granite. An acid wash which dilutes the sufferings in the euphoria of the moment. The haggard gaze and the blank expression of a monomaniac who borders on the self-belittlement, the hilarity without laughter of the most desperate cases. Emaciated poetry on a decimated dancefloor, Mulan Serrico’s prose persists in thwarting apathy while waiting for a brighter future."

- Julien Bécourt.

Artwork: Lili Reynaud Dewar

Crudités website: cruditestapes.tumblr.com

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released June 13, 2016

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