Scratchy and minimal pieces by multi talented frenchman Romeo Poirier His debut album through Kit records, Plage Arrière is filled with micro tonal samples, clicks, shimmering pianos and faded surroundings, reminiscent of more ambient version of Giuseppe Ielasi’s Aix, It’s made up of a warm electronic hum and a subtly hidden groove.
Vinyl LP £17.99 KR22V/SWIM01
LP on Kit Records / SWIMS. Remastered for vinyl with new artwork.
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Tape £4.99 KR22
Cassette tape on Kit Records with risograph printed artwork.
Kit Records have this excruciating habit of releasing phenomenal records on tape, as if slipping the best sugar into your drab coffee. Is that a thing? Probably not: on their latest “aw, shucks” of a release, they offer the dub ambient productions of Roméo Poirier -- I am doing him no favours with that description, because this tape feels wholly special in a sphere of glitchy loopsters that can’t even compete with it.
Poirier is a photographer and a lifeguard, and if I may segue from those anecdotes, he makes quite a vivid aquatic slice of ambient. He punctuates his drones with a myriad of beatlike crackles, muted sirens, watery patches, and synth movements that sound like voices making the shocked-face reaction emoji on Facebook. By laying down wobbly but constant soundscapes and imposing on them a busy framework of supporting sound characters, he makes a constantly compelling record, one that kinda actually sounds the way I imagine that dude on the ferry is feeling: stationary in constant ripples of movement.
Stick around for the whole thing and you’ll see just how playful this kinda music can get: the phrases he filters through the ruminations of “Alogomandra” sound like rewinds in a DJ set, a wink placed against the gentle beauty of proceedings. An absolute mood champion, is Poirier.
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