L.Pierre, who we can reveal is in fact Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, is releasing a very interesting new project here. 1948- is made entirely from samples of the first ever 33 ⅓ 12” record, a 1948 recording of a Mendelssohn concerto. What’s more, it is presented as ‘naked’ vinyl, e.g. utterly sleeveless, in the hope that you’ll let your copy pick up interesting new scratches. Nice one! Vinyl only release on Melodic.
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I'm not sure how our customers are going to deal with this. It's going to be shipped as a 'naked' LP without any sleeve whatsoever so it can get worn and altered by the elements. For those of you who complain when your vinyl gets wafted by the wrong kind of air then please look away now.
This also is L. Pierre's last recording. As we all know L. Pierre is the alter ego of Arab Strap big beard Aidan Moffat who is probably too busy with his reconstituted band than to dick around with solo messings.
Musically it's 'sampled' off the very first 33 1/3rd recording in 1948 - Nathan Milstein’s version of a Mendelssohn concerto. I've put sampled in inverted commas as a lot of it sounds just like wholesale recordings of the piece. It's not a particularly easy or invigorating listen - you are generally just hearing bits of an old concerto tacked together but its the concept of the thing you are paying for here - presumably as the record gets damaged and scarred the music would get worn and eventually start disappearing into the ether. Almost like a living version of a Grouper record - the music is literally rusting in front of your eyes.
To reiterate - this is going to be shipped naked as the artist intended so no whingeing.
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