Closet Disco Queen & The Flying Raclettes – Omelette Du Fromage LP (Hummus Records)

One of the newest Hummus Records releases recently arrived at our headquarters. If you paid closer attention to our page, then you are familiar with the activities of this prolific record label. If not, then you should know that Hummus Records operates from La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland. The record label solely focuses on experimental, avant-garde, noise, noise rock, post-rock, progressive rock, and any other genre that includes some form of experimentation with sound. Their recent recording is not an exception either. Apart from being from the same town as Hummus Records, I am not familiar with Closet Disco Queen & The Flying Raclettes, but I have to admit their full-length sounds outstanding.

Omelette Du Fromage visually appears like nothing you’ve seen before. The visual identity consists of a photo collage, and it reminds me of some noisecore artworks I encountered in the past. Still, the sound of Closet Disco Queen & The Flying Raciettes has nothing to do with noisecore at all, so maybe this artwork may look misleading to some a little bit. So, if you stumble upon this vinyl record at the record store and think this is another noisecore release, you’ll be wrong. Quite the contrary, Closed Disco Queen & The Flying Raciettes sounds the opposite. Soundwise, the group will exceed your expectations in all possible means. Their performance hides so many sonic surprises that you’ll need to listen to this vinyl repetitiously until you grasp all the ideas the group invested while recording the material.

Perhaps the group solely relies upon progressive rock aesthetics, but there’s certainly more than meets the eye. Besides vividly hearable prog-rock sound, you’ll stumble upon some complementary ingredients like post-rock, noise rock, sludge, and post-hardcore. All of these elements perfectly fit their progressive rock aesthetic without spoiling the primary direction of the band. There are also some explorations into cinematic and regular ambient music, but these explorations can be heard as overtures, outros, or passages between heavier prog-rock segments. Nevertheless, some of the atmospheres are notable in wondrous guitar works, mainly because of the guitar effects added over the top. So, if you’re into reverby, echoic, delays sound, there’s plenty of these moments implemented along the way.

As soon as you press play, you’ll notice you’re dealing with experienced musicians capable of writing, composing, recording, and producing even more complex tunes. Nevertheless, Closed Disco Queen & The Flying Raciettes retain the perfect sense for balance throughout the entire album while keeping their music without unnecessary bragging. Maybe progressive rock is their primary direction, but they do it without being too annoying for the listening apparatus. Therefore, Omelette Du Fromage will suit even those listeners who’re not into various experimentations, virtuosities, acrobatics, and other similar sonic delicacies. If you’re into progressive music, then you’ll solely enjoy flawlessly performed melodies, harmonies, chord progressions, heavy riffs, excellent guitar shreds, rhythmic acrobatics, and other technically demanding maneuvers that define this particular genre. Omelette Du Fromage is available on vinyl record, compact disc, streaming platforms, and in various bundles. Head over to Hummus Records for more information about ordering.

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