[ Orange Milk Records, 2017 ]
More crystalline internet musique concrete from the always boundary-bending label Orange Milk. Fiction is an ADHD infested mirror hall was constructed by the French glitch conoisseur Loto Retina. The album is yet another pristine labirynth of MIDI deconstructions, momentary microgenre outbursts and snippets of wordless vocals mixed with self governing rhythm patterns. With generative titles like “Canal Xylo Sat1” and “Tension Chrono” it reminds one of the cheerful randomness of Autechre, but Fiction is far more abstract than that: it’s more like a music making software using deep learning via neural networks to create electronic music. The effect is eerie, yet aesthetically pleasant. Sounds from the other side. Recommended!
[ Not Not Fun, 2016 ]
Les Halles is the place where the eternal lo-fi New Age fantasies get realized. A place torn out of this world and time, and suspended somewhere above, existing in the clouds, somewhere between time and space. Transient is a document of the journey of conjured lands, existing between tape experiments and hazy analog synth ambience that loops forever, reminding the listener of the tropical sounscapes of Monopoly Child Star Searchers. The slowed-down, druggy pan flutes remain as a staple of Les Halles, this time becoming less prominent between drawn-out ambient experiments. Music to chill to after the turbulent election. I swear, this is the last political post on Weed Temple.
The fresh breeze comes from the Balearic quirkiness of Domenique Dumont, a mysterious entity behind Comme Ça, a summery album full of lovely beats created on some rudimentary equipment, yet being a perfect choice for a garden party during the heatwave. Combining the energy of Ibiza beats, the psychedelic grace of chillwave, repetitive, hypnotic beats, this album becomes one of the most interesting leftfield electronic curios of 2015. Incredibly lush, yet simple and refreshing, an immersive journey to the heart of the beat. Highly recommended!
Laconically titled “C” by the Versailles based multi-instrumentalist Romain Turzi is the conclusion of the conceptual series of albums, the previous being A (2007) and B (2009). Recorded in his Parisian studio, Turzi unveils a weedy, Technicolor-tinged cinematic psychedelia in the vein of Tara King th. or Halasan Bazar leaning somewhat into the more bombast, sci-fi mood of the early progressive rock symphonies with great vintage-styled female operatic vocals – that means more synths and less baroque, a revision of a dream of the French people conquering the space. When it comes to this kind of psychedelia, France is indeed la planeté sauvage. Recommended!
Named after the 1972 book by Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities by the French musician, head of the Carpi Records label and graphic designer Baptiste Les Halles brings back the best of the woozy, lo-fi New Age ambience somewhere between Werner Herzog film soundtracks and the narcoleptic soundscapes of Dolphins Into the Future. Gentle flute (or synth? but who cares actually?) melodies shimmer among the tape hiss, emerging and disintegrating in the washes of early Popol Vuh-like bliss. It’s one of those timeless albums, which could be released at almost anytime and still sound just as mysterious and dislocated as ever. Recommended!