French producer Erwan Castex

Friday 8th May 2015

Over the course of the six years that French producer Erwan Castex has been releasing records under the moniker Rone, the main throughline in his work has been a casual disregard for the usual functional categories of electronic music. Existing somewhere in the intersection points of an imagined venn diagram between dance-y beat making, ambient composition, and neon-tinted synth-driven film scores, he's cannily zeroed in on making music for similarly liminal headspaces. On his third full-length Creatures, both for better and worse, Castex doubles down on the in-betweenness of his compositions.

Part of the trickiness in pinning down Castex's newest LP stems from the seemingly disjointed stable of guests he enlisted to help in its construction. There's assists from the narcotized Montreal ambient act Sea Oleena, Francois Marry of the staid multinational indie pop crew Francois and the Atlas Mountain, avant-jazz trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, and Bryce Dessner of the National (to whom Castex offered production help on Trouble Will Find Me). It's a diverse cast of players that represents the whole spectrum of his varied interests, and it shows in the final product on Creatures.

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