Merging shoegaze flavoured gloominess and endless distorted guitar chords; slow pulsing electronic layers and bitter sweet clean vocals; cinematic tension and mechanical monotony; Thierry Arnal, the one-man army behind Fragment, is back with his new album entitled “Temporary Enlightenment”. This is a quite dizzy mixture of alternative rock and drone, post-modern psychedelia and slowcore, dream-pop and shoegaze, a bridge build of sound and noises, but on solid emotional pillars, between Sunn O)))) and Sigur Rós, between Pink Floyd and Candlemass, and everything ever-after and above.
Not an easy listening, not refreshing, probably not gonna make you feel better or released, but it’s gonna make you feel miserable and eventually make you cry, but that’s alright. Crying it’s not something you should be ashamed of. And “Temporary Enlightenment” have several quieter, less weighty and depressing moments as well (like the nice acoustic “From This Moment”), so, no need to be desperate, there is still a pale stain of hope.
Formed in 2006, in Lyon, France, Fragment has released several materials (EP, split, albums, compilations) on various labels (ConSouling Sounds, Denovali Records, Happy Prince…) and explored and build-up its own musical universe. “Temporary Enlightenment” takes the listeners to the next level of exploration and Thierry Arnal is our guide and pilot in this fever burned, but fascinating journey.
Released 04 January 2013
Written & produced by Thierry Arnal
Mastered By Umair Chaudhry
Pics By Mariska Van Os
Artwork By Jean-Stephane Bourquin
CD version released by OPN Records – OPNCD0020