Andrew Chalk and Timo Van Luijk are Elodie. Utilising an array of electronics, keys and various acoustic instruments, Balayes De La Main Du Hasard features guitar and marimba. They craft this gentle ambient jazz, keeping you in a constant dream like state, think of the delicateness of The Gentlemen Losers on a sweeter hazier day.
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Elodie are Andrew Chalk and Timo Van Luijk, and now that the introduction is out of the way this is something very special that the pair have made and put out on Chalk’s own private imprint, Faraway Press. Incidentally, this recording -- entitled 'Balayes De La Main Du Hansard', la di daa -- features the tenderest, slowest, most wonderfully lucid suite of ambient jazz to have blessed this old pair of ears to date.
And make no mistake about it, this is a very slowly unspooling record. Putting it on at 45 instead of the correct 33-and-a-third rpm only makes the collection of droning instruments resonate at a higher pitch. The full effect of the record’s intensity is right there, in the pulled-apart spaces between resounding metallic objects, chimes, harmonically weeping strings and clarion pianos.
Set against a haze of organic drone, the sounds of korogi / marimba (played by Daisuke Suzuki) and charmingly picked guitar (Tom James Scott) hover mid-distance, intermingling and interplaying to evoke the attractively chiming sounds of evening birdsong in mid-summer, just in the fading few last minutes of dusk's half-light. The record could also be a soundtrack to other such crepuscular activities -- bats flitting and darting out from your back garden and your peripheral vision, taking insects on the wing; a circuit or two of your local woods; or desperately searching for Glastonbury highlights on the iPlayer.
An abso-bloody-lutely lovely record.
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