Taylor Deupree's take on the lost-and-found compilation format is a little different: Lost & Compiled rests on the idea that each iteration of a Deupree composition is different based on when and how it was drafted, and so each song has older, more primitive counterparts -- call them test-runs, clones, mutations, whatever, this record offers ex-versions that are often better, sometimes worse, but always different.
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It’s awful when things fall off your hard drive. One slip and you’ve lost them on your digital floor, only to be rediscovered when you yourself slip into long-forgotten caverns of data. Remember that poem that you wrote about your crush from 2005? Well, it’s in there somewhere, waiting to be rediscovered by one of your offspring in a hilarious family cybergathering. NYC sound collager Taylor Deupree has recently stumbled upon his lost cache, consisting of somewhat less embarrassing early versions and sketches of compositions that variously did and didn’t make it onto his albums.
The 12k label boss has certainly been busy, so I’d expect that this is quite a cathartic chill out for him following numerous collaborations over the past couple of years. Their quality fluctuates from the genius of the opening sketch from 2013 to the inferiority of the early version of ‘Field’, which doesn’t hold that much different from the original. It’s drawn out beyond its necessary length, and only contains the barebones sine swells with a familiar backdrop of field recordings. ‘Live in Osaka’ follows this trend of minimal texture, without providing much to grapple on to.
Most of the earlier versions are interesting only to spot the very subtle differences, but it’s in the rough unreleased sketches that the magic lies. ‘Sketch for February’ contains 2 asynchronous slowly snaking melodies joined by his signature fragmented chords around halfway through on both electric piano and guitar. The patient development works really well here, providing beauty and wonder in equal measure.
The difficult task of compiling these disparate versions has been relatively successful for Deupree - you can see that his style has remained fairly constant over the last few years. And while hit and miss, ambient fans will find plenty to curl up to on this.
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