Another cult classic from the Futura label restored and made available for our contemporary ears. Tacet is the soundtrack to a film by Claude Faraldo, and Jean Guerin’s work spans a considerable range of textures and tones. Wild jazz mixes with uneasy electronics, making for some nicely odd soundscapes. Reissue LP on Continuous Breath.
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- FFL009/SON04 / GREY coloured vinyl reissue LP on Continuous Breath. Edition of 200 copies w/ obi strip
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- Tacet by Jean Guerin
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 26 August 2015
What could the music to an anarchic film sound like? Visceral punk? Challenging war-collage? Johnny Rotten’s butter ads? To the musical mind of Jean Guerin, none of the above would do. Only the most avant-garde of psychedelic jazz could cut it, presented here for the first time since 1971 on black or (more) limited grey wax.
Hold on to your hats, this isn’t quite the Zorn-skronk that you think it is (luv u really John). Rather than blast with the endless dissonant sax of post-modal era jazz, Tacet takes a more cautious approach, melding minimalist brass phrases with miscellaneous electronic timbres and delays to form a unique but unsettling whole. I pose you this question - does the use of a trumpet mean jazz? I’d say no, I’d say that this is more of a modern classical, musique concrete piece, playing with foreboding, consuming textures like Gyorgy Ligeti collaborating with Stockhausen.
The steady low swirl of ‘Gaub 71’ is a prime example of this - a shifting tumult of moans interspersed with what might be flutes, trumpets, who knows, all taking turns to goad your brain. Some vocals join the mix at various points, a disembodied reminder of humanity. A great record that only slightly resembles other composers, sitting at a fragile midpoint between styles.
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