The first time it’s ever been released on vinyl, Mort Aux Vaches picked up a tiny but dedicated fanbase when first issued on CD in 2000 by Pan Sonic and Charlemagne Palestine. 19 years later, it’s given a new artwork and released on double clear-vinyl. Part of an ongoing ‘Godbear’ series of re-issues of Charlemagne’s work.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £33.99 Matme005LP
Edition of 300 copies clear vinyl 2LP on Matière Mémoire. First time on vinyl, remastered, with new cover design (a 1974 drawing by Charlemagne Palestine).
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- Coloured vinyl
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Mort Aux Vaches was a Staalplaat sister label that released loads of great recordings commissioned by Dutch broadcasting corporation VPRO. Each was beautifully presented in quirky, eye-popping packaging. One of said series - and now pretty scarce on CD is the ace Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine collaboration -- now remastered for a first-time vinyl pressing in an edition of 300 copies on clear wax with new artwork (a 1974 drawing by Charlemagne Palestine).
Listening, I can’t help but feel like some UFO hovering above has deployed a tractor beam that’s gently hoovering me upwards. For sure this would qualify as minimalism but if you tune in, there’s actually LOADS of subtle stuff happening. Patience and volume really reward the listener and also I would say lighting or lack of will really enhance the atmosphere of these pieces as they unfurl. As the sustained drones fill the room they create a palpable tension that’s unbelievably eerie - fluttering between ominous/paranoid and transcendent. As things unfold Pan Sonic occasionally augment Palestine’s organ/oscillations with blasts of gurgling molten noise which has a restrained intensity that literally has me on the edge of my seat feeling as though I’m about to spontaneously combust. This is the real deal - high grade, potent proper DRONE that has a physicality that seems to penetrate the body to its core and does things to the brain that almost feels like we’re test subjects trialling the effects of mind-altering sonic weapons.
Fans of pure, endlessly deep psychotropic drone work by Elaine Radigue, Kevin Drumm, Eleh, Coil's 'Time machines' et al. will no doubt be hypnotized and transported by this beauty. Almost twenty years after it was released it’s still a profoundly affecting work if you fully submit to its potential. I for one couldn’t be happier to get my paws on this vinyl edition and zone out. Highly recommended.
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