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Aidan Moffat’s most recent L Pierre album impressed me a lot, displaying a genuine knack for understated sampledelica in the former Arab Strap mumbler. On this 10” EP he celebrates surface noise in a six-movement suite of meticulously arranged samples of old vinyl with all its flickers and crackles, in a way which echoes both that most recent L. Pierre effort and also the ‘Goodbye To You’ suite on the extended edition of his brilliant album with Bill Wells which contained vast swathes of nostalgic static.
Phil is of course saying “The Caretaker” and of course he’s right, the decaying crackles mixed with grand, sweeping strings and piano. It’s reminding me of some of Ela Orleans’s soundtracky experiments from that split tape with Curt Crackrach. The lengthy closing movement mixes heartstring-tugging strings with a softly ebbing wall of hiss, like you’re revisiting some faded-glory concert hall which used to be classy back in the ‘50s, listening through time in a dusty old room full of memories. Hauntology, sampledelica, nostalgiacore, ghostpop, the spooky spectral shuffle, whatever you call it; looks like Moffat’s doing that now and he’s actually very good at it. It’s only Wednesday, but this is a clear contender for Single of the Week.
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