"I met Le Motel through Damien Waselle (head of [PIAS!] Belgium) who thought it would be a good artistic match. And he was right. When I came to his studio last year we got along right off the bat. We listened to music that we had both made as well as music that we liked. We already talked about what we could do together.
As he went through the audio files I handed to him, he stumbled upon this 12/8 tribal-ish groove that I had been working on. He saw potential in this demo and I directly booked a studio to record everything properly. We talked a lot about directions and vibe. I gave him all the tracks so he could operate his magic: so he did! I was absolutely blown away by what he came up with.
We finally met in his studio again to fine-tune everything and, as soon as we thought that we really found the musical chemistry, there was « Kintsugi » ! This proved to be a truly magical artistic encounter and marks the beginning of a great collaboration."
Antoine Pierre (VAAGUE)
VAAGUE (drummer Antoine Pierre’s electronic solo project) and Le Motel (producer / DJ from Brussels) join forces on the single Kintsugi, a 4-minute instrumental track that is both threatening and soothing.
From the first note, we dive into a trippy drum beat accompanied by the sounds of water movements — distorted, rattling, clicking. Suddenly, the bass enters, oppressive like a tidal wave that can be seen in the distance. A melody takes shape, minimalist, and dances with the drums, as to welcome the wave.
For a short moment of calmth before the storm, the bass and the acoustic rhythms disappear. The melody resonates, somewhere in a mist.
All of a sudden, we decide to jump into the waves: the bass drops in again and the acoustic drums leave place for drum machines in a UK-electro part. Our head swings, our dance brain is tickled, and suddenly we are surprised by the return of the acoustic drums which takes back its rights and makes the whole piece disappear with it, like a waking dream.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum; the method is similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
As a philosophy, kintsugi is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear from the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken; it can also be understood as a justification of kintsugi itself, highlighting cracks and repairs events in the life of an object, rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage. The philosophy of kintsugi can also be seen as a variant of the adage, "Waste not, want not".