Parmentier is Rosy Parlane and Dion Workman, who first began making music together as the now dissolved Thela with Dean Roberts in 1993. Through purely electronic means, Parmentier now extends ideas suggested but undeveloped in Thela's guitar and drums improvisation. For Parmentier Luxsound follows their 1997 debut E.P. Odessa, released in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Luxsound is the brand name of the low-tech sampler used by Parmentier for these recordings. The Luxsound sampler literally brands the music with its warm fuzz and low-tech aesthetic. Samples are drawn from sources as disparate as New Zealand improvised drone music, 60's minimalist composition, contemporary classical music and Scandinavian techno. While this may shed some light on the record collections of Parlane and Workman, it may also be an irrelevant detail as the Luxsound processes them out of reasonable recognition.
Luxsound comes under the minimal electronica rubric, but diverges from the trademark sparseness. Rather than space being signaled by long periods silence, Parmentier build a particular spatial sense from within an overwhelming density of layers. Often subsonic bass lines are combined with piercing high-pitched tones, which impact upon the head and viscera at once. In this way the physicality of space as it exists in music is made explicit. The mixing in of abrasive tones increases the intensity of the pieces, and establishes a fine balance between what is beautiful and what is assaulting. Bass and drum tones are played so low as to extinguish everything but a distant throb, somewhat reminiscent of standing outside a techno club. Despite the absence of conventional beats Luxsound possesses moments of undeniable grooviness.
- Anna Sanderson 1998
out of print