There are moments in our lives when birth and death intersect and engage in dialogue for a moment. Often, this is done in silence. La Féline decided to go the musical route. Vie Future, the third album by musician and author Agnès Gayraud (she is just about to publish her recent philosophical essay Dialectic of Pop in English (Urbanomic, 2019), is a truly cosmic record.
Delving into the intimate in a manner reminiscent of the greatest French songwriters like Anne Sylvestre or Brigitte Fontaine, La Féline channels a sort of Laurie Anderson-like universe. This collusion is prodded along by Xavier Thiry production, who has been working with Agnès since 2008. Together, they paint La Féline’s sound using wide-screen reverb, space echoes and pitch effects, playfully juxtaposing synthesized sounds and string ensembles, peppering songs with noises from the worlds that make up the album's galaxy. The result is imbued with a cinematic glow, recalling science fiction akin to Pink Floyd's Set the Controls to the Heart of the Sun, Ray Bradbury's short stories, the cold exoticism of David Sylvian, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.