Recommended by us on 9th February 2009.
01. Yoshi’s Island (07:44)
02. Meli-melo (09:33)
03. Silence Cadeau (07:32)
04. Small Village on The Hill (feat. guitar by Mark Templeton) (08:30)
05. Praw Nii (02:13)
06. Je Te Laisse Des Messages Sur Ton Décodeur (feat. sounds by Sebastién Roux) (07:38)
07. Coloriiage (09:49)
Soundscaping Records launches and proudly presents its first album release, a dreamy masterpiece by multimedial artist Christophe Bailleau – well-known by former releases on Fenêtre Records, Eglantine Records, Annexia and collaborations with a variety of artists; Neal Williams, Won, Sebastién Roux, Mark Templeton.
On Air Resort, Christophe Bailleau embarks on a journey through spacious landscapes, and it begins with the lush patterns of bells and shape-shifting waves of sounds washing ashore on Yoshi’s Island. Meli-melo is a series of overlapping hums, mellow sounds offset by a sharper, reverberating synth gradually enveloping the listener in a shimmering field of fascinating colours. Silence Cadeau strikes up with organs chiming set to tasty clicks in the backdrop, being enigmatic and majestic in build-up and reaching far into your imagination to unveil the contents of a treasure. Then Small Village on The Hill leaves the calm behind in a piece of shrill chimes and bells that increases in frequency to encompass the listener before Mark Templeton’s soothing strummed guitar chords safely harbours the tune. Praw Nii is a brilliant piece, short and expressive, and in build-up like an LFO-esque track with dark thuds and synths in concert only to fade, then return for a great encore – yet all over in mere 2 minutes. Sebastién Roux joins efforts with Bailleau’s on Je Te Laisse Des Messages Sur Ton Décodeur – and the two ably play off each other’s imaginative minds as magical tapestries of all-encompassing sounds and a multitude of textures create lush soundscapes to marvel – similar to Bailleau’s endeavours on his 2008 album on Fenêtre. The finale of Coloriiage finds Bailleau venturing into a landscape of wavy textures that spin off each other as sparks of sound wisp off into the air, and the show comes to a close with Bailleau having displayed his expertise creating magical soundscapes that manage to both come across as personal and abstract.
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