Behind its rather stale facade, France’s music scene bustles with the vitality of its unsung creative talent. Acknowledgement for the scene is sparse, and rare are the names that earn and reach international recognition. A great pity, especially when considering how much character the independent rock scene has grow to develop within the French borders. Tulles’ Ingrina and their debut full-length are, for instance, a prime product of the scene’s unique sense of creativity and talent.
From the album’s cinematic arrangements to its dense, overdriven textures, Etter Lys bears the markings of a deep affection for all music genres labeled with the “post-“ prefix. post-metal would be the default category for a rock record as orchestral, textured as this one, though such a labelling would overshadow Ingrina’s most noteworthy qualities.What sets this particular band apart from its peers is the grit instilled in their music, more rooted in the aesthetic of garage punk bands than the likes of sludge metal acts. Ingrina is more of a post-hardcore with a transcendent post-rock edge, at the midpoint between DIY-venue loud-rock and deeply evocative, quasi-orchestral soundscapes.