Vinyl LP £21.49 BB281LP
Reissue LP on Bureau B.
CD £15.49 BB281
Reissue CD on Bureau B.
Vinyl LP £25.99 SV028
Reissue LP on Superior Viaduct.
The ever-canny Superior Viaduct of Craig-Leon-pissing-off fame have unearthed another kosmische masterwork here in the form of Frenchman Richard Pinhas and his second stab at a long player, 'Allez-Téia', released under his cult Heldon guise.
Truly lovely stuff is this, beyond the realm of mere words suffice to say. Records like this are very personal and embroiling; its easy to lose yourself in such a divine world of complex proto post-rock guitar introspections ala Gastr Del Sol or French drone kittens Natural Snow Buildings, lush, spangled avant-folk musings and fascinating dusty exploratory synth washes that sound so fragile and otherworldly you want to knit them a jumper in case they catch flu.
A warm and wondrous sonic world is constructed here with a gorgeous fuzzy-edged demeanour emanating from the meandering harmonics and almost horizontal lushness from beginning to end. You can just tell its a classic without reading anything up about it. The guitar playing is visionary, the atmosphere frankly mystical. Because of the era in which 'Allez-Téia' was recorded it retains a certain untouchable analogue dignity and watches wryly amused as generations of new pretenders to the throne collapse in frustration at it's immovable plinth. That good, yes. If you love prime Popol Vuh but don't have Heldon in your life, you really need to bag this rare beauty.
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