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1 review »High quality vinyl reissues of 3 ultra-rare, groundbreaking 7”s by France’s greatest guitar innovator and electronic music pioneer, Richard Pinhas. Pinhas is a pivotal figure in the experimental underground, if you’ve never heard of him just take a look down the list of some of his collaborators to get an idea of the kind of things he’s influenced (Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Wol ... »

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  • FFL001 / Ltd clear vinyl reissue 7" on Souffle Continu Records. Edition of 700 copies (Richard Pinhas / Heldon)

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Le Voyageur by Schizo
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9/10 Jim Staff review, 08 July 2014

High quality vinyl reissues of 3 ultra-rare, groundbreaking 7”s by France’s greatest guitar innovator and electronic music pioneer, Richard Pinhas. Pinhas is a pivotal figure in the experimental underground, if you’ve never heard of him just take a look down the list of some of his collaborators to get an idea of the kind of things he’s influenced (Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Wolf Eyes, Oren Ambarchi, Lasse Marhaug, Yoshida Tatsuya, Philip K Dick, Robert Fripp, Magma…).

The first reissue is from 1972 by Pinhas’ first group Schizo and was originally distributed free of charge, quickly becoming a massively sought after item. ‘Le Voyageur’ starts with a fried guitar arpeggio that’s propelled by throbbing bass, supple drumming and strobing, distorted electric piano scree before Gilles Deleuze (the influential philosopher and author of ‘Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus’ under whom Pinhas studied for a doctorate in philosophy) comes in reading a text by Nietzsche. Then the whole thing shifts into an acidic, cosmic jazz groove before the cycle repeats a second time before fading out on a resonant drone. The flip, ‘Torcol’ starts with a massive King Crimson style monster riff that abates into fluid, psychedelic jazz-rock- coming across like a rawer, more aggressive but no less proficient version of ‘Bitches Brew’ era Miles Davis.

Easily up there with the likes of more well-known German contemporaries like Can, Faust and Kraftwerk and about as cool as it gets, treat yourself to a bit of radical musical history.


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