Originally released earlier in 2019, Maison Geometries feat. Watine is the result of French musician Watine asking fellow musicians to remix and generally tinker with her original work. With the likes of Richard Adams, Christian Quermalet and Sébastien Paindestre at the controls, it plays as an uninterrupted sequence.
Limited Vinyl LP £29.99
Clear blue coloured vinyl LP on Catgang Music. Limited edition of 80 copies. Includes remixes by Richard Adams, Christian Quermalet, Damien Somville, Sébastien Paindestre etc.
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- Coloured vinyl
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CD on Catgang Music. Comes in digisleeve with poster. Includes remixes by Richard Adams, Christian Quermalet, Damien Somville, Sébastien Paindestre etc.
Here’s a thing. Also, here’s a beautiful thing: here’s a record, full of different people’s work, all remixing tracks from a previous record. A previously released record that was liked -- not just by me, obviously! -- but liked by a great many people. That record was ‘Geometries Sous-Cutanees’ by Catherine Watine, and it was a lush and lovely thing. A thing of elegance and stately, yet understated beauty. And I’m not entirely sure my slightly rushed review did it anything near justice.
While I’ve been waffling on about that other, original record I’ve just bumbled through three entire tracks; three versions of tracks from that little gem of a record. These treatments are intriguing; stunning, even. The amount of detail -- granular detail, often -- to every little component of sound in these mixes has not gone unnoticed by these ears; nor unremarked upon. Overall a little darker in tone than the previous work, the new record spotlights some really gorgeous textures and atmospheres for our thirsty ears.
Worth mentioning (incidentally all friends of Watine, all introduced to the project from its onset) are Laurent Saiet with some gorgeous guitar work; the gothic undertow of Christian Quermalet’s crepuscular treatment; and Chapi Chapo’s slightly (very) eerie, unsettling music-box and creeping electric-guitar, leading into childlike synth-play: his version of the track ‘Hearth Walking’ is the soundtrack to my most disturbing fever-dreams.
There’s a dusty, dusky tango treatment by Sarah Ansellem of ‘Undying Pizzicato’; breathy vocals hover amidst the smoky haze. Worth checking for the majority of these 16 versions, not least the dreamy remix of ‘Verrophone’ which Richard Adams has treated us to. Evocative of late-night solo explorations among semi-overlooked textile mills in West Yorks, I’m pleasantly surprised by Richard’s vocal which suddenly pops up before bedding back down again in the softly rumbling textures. One might even call it ‘silky’. Silky Adams. Nice drums, too.
A beautiful record.
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