Music in a massive and amplified state as a locomotive for a space of constant tension. The Canadians Big Brave integrate a dome of unique names in the contemporary experimental music scene, despite the recurrent perceptions to the noisy experimentalism or even the most extreme and raw divagations of the dark landscapes of doom. Since Feral Verdure, debut album edited in 2014, Big Brave create a wide atmospheric space swayed by a corpulent electric intensity, but also by times of serenity and almost sonic absence.
A Gaze Among Them is not a paradigm shift in the band’s journey, although the production has relied on precious elements to deepen the ambient layers attached to the harsh riffs in contrast to Robin Wattie’s soft intonations. There is on the recent album a certain return to the original pillars of the Big Brave concept: space, tension, minimalism and voice. A slight revisitation of the trio (Mathieu Ball, guitar, Robin Wattie, guitar and vocals, Loel Campbell, drums) to the sonic intentions of the past, with the collaboration of key session musicians such as Thierry Amar (GY!BE, Thee Silver Mt Zion) on double bass and Seth Manchester on synthesizers. Despite their bold, perhaps daring sound, endowed with sludge or doom metal connotations, Big Brave return with a full-bodied record, but of minimal elegance and above all cathartic. A debut that promises to make the aquarium stage tremble, in what will certainly be one of the performances not to be missed in 2022, at ZDB. JH