An Age of Wonder by Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier was available on Vinyl LP but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl LP £15.49 LSR019-SP002
LP on La Station Radar/ Shelter Press edn of 400.
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- An Age of Wonder by Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
Those excellent Frenchies at La Station Radar have hit us up with some copies of this new LP of spooky nostalgic vibes from Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, with each side offering up a single long and evocative piece of music. Mixing the neo-spiritualist post-dub psychedelia of Sun Araw or Expo 70 with drifting drone vibes, submerged Balam Acab-esque vocals and the hazy nostalgic submersion of The Caretaker and Ela Orleans. It gets pretty abstract in places, just tinkling, chuntering tone poems without a lot of melody to grasp onto, but the overall effect of the drifting, shifting washes and tinkles and whooshes and bumps is really absorbing and dizzyingly complex sometimes, without ever seeming overwhelmingly messy. Oh, no sooner do I say that than we approach the end of side A and what do you know, it gets darker and more intense and pretty overwhelming...and maybe a little messy. Flip it though and we're back down to that weird incongruous mix of dark ambient and new age vibes. Now I'm settling into it there's something quite sensual about the hard metallic gratings and the soft, therapeutic organ tones delicately balanced on top, like they're walking a tightrope over a pit of spinning blades. I like this one best out of the two tracks here, with its immersive textures and wonky repetition. This whole thing is weird - challenging, even - and can be gratingly hard work in places but I'm not sure La Station Radar ever put out anything that's objectively shit.
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