Future of White America
'Histoire' is the French word for 'story', but the word is also occasionally applied by film critics to refer to films that unfold sans voice-over narration; a form of storytelling that attempts replace the viewer's experience of reality with it's own internal reality. Although reality is a subjective experience, it is open to the influence of others' subjective interpretations, and fiction can become every bit as real as unfictions depending on how they are presented and consumed. Histoire is also the recording moniker of Trevor de Brauw when he is playing outside of collaborative contexts (Pelican, Tusk, Bionic Rat, Chord, Reprognostication, The Look Ahead, Catterwall, etc.). With ten years of recordings culminating in only two self-released CD-Rs ('Science of Self' and 'Architecture'), the angry young artist decided to lash out and seize 2005 by the proverbial ram's horn, recording and releasing his new disc 'The Future of White America' in a mere two weeks. Where previous efforts tend to lull with broad, droning textures punctuated by acoustic strumming and plucking, 'The Future of White America' is an all-out sensory explosion of gritty distortion, strained vocal chords, and digitally overdriven acoustics culminating in a focused expression of aesthetic discontent. The album's three tracks; 'domesticity/decomposition', 'wicker park (city saps feeling)', and 'conspiracy culture'; express nothing short of utter contempt for white culture and it's structures of power through a sonic palette making use of acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, harp(!), vocals, and found sounds. Sometimes catchy, always brutal, this album in not for the weak-eared.