We All Die (laughing) – Tentoonstelling

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Kaotoxin Records
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/thoughtscanning
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/wealldielaughing

We-All-Die-(laughing)_Artwork_600x600Band line-up:

Arno Strobl – Vocals
Déhà : All instruments & Vocals


1. Variation on the Scanning of Thoughts
2. Grande Plage, op.1, Movement #1: Le Noir


Reviewing for IV, I often stumble across something strange; but this musical offering, supposedly an EP is the strangest and the most exquisitely intriguing piece of work I’ve ever been asked to review. Track one has a back story and a half; when asked by French photographer Mathieu Drouet to contribute a track to a contemporary art project for his “Grande Plage” January 2015 exhibition, WE ALL DIE (laughing) created this exclusive instrumental piece based on their debut full-length, “Thoughtscanning”, single-track, “Thoughtscan”, main theme.

The result is a sensory experience. The cathartic keys that open up “Variation on the Scanning of Thoughts” feel cold and somewhat creepy, but the introduction of rich toned, classic guitar soloing has an almost medicinal, calming effect. As the Hammond organ enters the reflective mood of this piece, yes we must call it a piece, is obvious, but the mood of being sat in a piano bar, albeit an unnerving one, prevails just as much as this track’s artistic sense.

Extensively titled B side “Grand Plage , op.1, movement #1: le noir” is a weird old beast. At first all seems just like a filter of noise and the whirring of wind.What this really is is an experimental audio rendition of the exhibition’s photography’s digital file’s data, making this unique ambient noise track the “sound of the picture”. Confused? I am too, slightly , but feel free to get lost in what is, judging from the cover art, the sound of a nude woman’s picture.

The instrumental piece of art found from We All Die (laughing) is an intense, inspiring journey through the sense, tickling different moods and nerves as it drifts through its fourteen minute course. The second track, could be considered a novelty, could be considered ingenious and innovative, but to your ears, will probably just be a bit of bloody noise.

Review by Jarod Lawley