8/10 Mike Staff review, 10 January 2014
Hinterzimmer are really spoiling us this week. Not only have they sent us a stunning new hour-long CD by Lubomyr Melnyk, there’s also this new offering from another underappreciated veteran of the European experimental community, France’s Ghedalia Tazartes.
Originally released in 1997 and out of print for over a decade, ‘Voyage a l’ombre’ is a 22 track patchwork of oddball experimentalism, flitting between disjointed loops of everything from sitars to synthesizers, and vocals which range from operatic crooning to digitally crushed vocoder abuse to Tazartes’s own untreated (and yet no less bizarre) vocalisations - at one point in the opening suite he starts laughing like a sinister cross between Charles Penrose’s Laughing Policeman and Kinski’s Nosferatu, then there’s some almost Horrid Red-ish German language chuntering over stumbling staccato synths, then there’s some Arabic-sounding plainsong over a loop of whispering mouth percussion that chugs subtly along like a steam train...
To try and describe an entire Ghedalia Tazartes record is near impossible. While the individual tracks are often quite minimal in their structure, variety and unpredictability are the unifying force which glues these 22 tracks together. What’s great about Tazartes, though, is that everything is underpinned by a sense of mischief which makes his records much more fun and listenable than many of his experimental contemporaries.
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- Voyage à l‘ombre by Ghedalia Tazartes
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