Double LP £18.99 BKEDIT017
Black vinyl 2LP on Boomkat Editions, housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
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First time on wax for Vincent Akira Rabelais Carté’s second album, originally issued back in 2001 on Mille Plateaux sister label Ritornell. Unlike a lot of stuff from that glitch era, the way he applies his software to the source material is ever so sensitively executed and with the utmost respect. The raw materials are classic 20th Century piano compositions by Béla Bartók and Erik Satie - I’m assuming Akira Rabelais is the pianist.
If you’re familiar with the works, they’re fairly easy to recognise - as mentioned they’ve not been obliterated into total digital mayhem. Instead, it’s like a new perspective - as though hearing them from a different angle. Imagine old recordings had been buried in a time capsule for seventy years or so and exhumed. We can hear the weathering of time, the crackle and distortion on the partly decomposed, decayed and slightly eroded artefacts creating an additional dimension to the works, which gradually seem to take on a new form as the album progresses. The familiar and illusory are blurred, creating a stirring dream like or déjà vu effect. Beautifully haunting late night listening.
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