â€śI recently bought bathroom fixtures for my new home. I chose a faucet that has two separate hot and cold knobs instead of a single knob. The new designs, which have only one handle for both hot and cold, do not seduce me. The salesperson repeatedly referred to my taste as â€śretroâ€ť. The word kept coming up as I continued making choices that were not part of their current best-sellers. Am I really retro? No. I just like mixing â€śwarmâ€ť water with two knobs instead of one. When wonderful designs appear and beautiful sounds are made, they become classics no matter how avant garde they are. The Buchla200 synthesiser or â€śElectric Music Boxâ€ť is a perfect example. Analog in structure and sound, the Buchla200 is, without question, from the 20th century. 1970 to be exact. The sounds it makes, however, evoke the future. Theyâ€™re both recognisable and unrecognisable. A future that I hope to see and hear. Warm. Subtle. Analog. This is how I hear these beautiful compositions from Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens HourriĂ¨re. We can hear the artistâ€™s digital experience, but we also hear their desire to go forward using analogâ€™s warmth and subtlety. The result is the future. And it sounds great.â€ť Jesse Hultberg
Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourriere debut album “Five Steps” is out soon in Versatile Records.