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- Presque Rien by Luc Ferrari
9/10 Ant Staff review, 14 December 2012
I’ve listened to this album twice this week. Last night it formed the soundtrack to my journey from home into and around the city and was quite a surreal experience watching all the Christmas shoppers bustling around while the sounds of a waking fishing village are being pumped into my ears. The field recordings and electro-acoustic sounds on this album are really superb.
I often think it could be like what the outside world might sound like from inside the womb. It really is difficult to know what to say about this record. There is so much vision and creativity at work it’s almost unfathomable. Luc Ferrari’s passion and understanding of sound is pretty much unrivalled. He’s among the greatest of all time. It’s clear to hear were Nurse With Wound have drawn some influence. Spanning some thirty years or so worth of work it hasn’t aged one bit. However I’m pretty sure this is a slightly truncated version of the CD release but most of the stuff is present and as I dont think this has ever been available on vinyl before it’s certainly worth snapping up.
The Recollections GRM label have been putting out some fantastic stuff from the fabled Ina GRM studio. This is another gem to add to the collection. If you’re looking for some truly mesmerising sonics that defy being translated into text then look no further. Highly recommended.
9/10 Richard Customer review, 18th February 2015
When I was a young lad in the '70's and desperately trying to get into "weird" music (I liked the German bands, Hawkwind etc) my father for some inexplicable reason was lent a copy of "Presque Rien". He was somewhat nonplussed but I was fascinated. Finally hearing it some 40 years later I can hear what so entranced me about it in the first place. "Presque Rien No 1" is remarkably ahead of it's time - in these days of phonography and a real interest in field recordings, listening to this again I'm struck by the originality and single-mindedness of the idea. Ferrari takes the sounds of a whole day's worth or recordings of a Yugoslavian fishing village and compresses it into 22 minutes - in a beautiful seamless edit - you hear the village waking up, from birdsong to puttering fishing smacks, insects and less placable sounds- and at one magical moment a woman starts singing. Ferrari was demonstrating how to listen. Close your eyes and surrender to this, you won't be disappointed- and I am so glad to hear it again!
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