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album cover LE REVELATEUR Fictions (Gneiss Things) lp 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Release number two of gorgeous kosmische synth drift from this former member of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am, whose previous release, a way too limited cassette on Root Strata, had most of the folks here flipping out. Le Revelateur, aka Roger Tellier-Craig, also performed at last year's On Land Festival here in SF, and amidst a pretty incredible lineup, managed, at least as many of us were concerned, to steal the show.
This new album plays like a single track, separated into movements, which is appropriate considering in some ways it's a modern reimagining of the classic seventies synth work of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and all the rest, and of course, the sounds of Le Revelateur will most definitely appeal to fans of other modern synth retro-revisionists, like Mist, Emeralds, Innercity, Oneohtrix Point Never et all, but there's something about Le Revelateur's sound that manages to elevate it above its sonic brethren, Tellier-Craig so adept at unfurling sounds and gradually building these epic, dreamlike celestial synthscapes, and the thing is, it's not all static tones, and long layered shimmer, no, the synths here are surprisingly active, emitting flurries of notes, glimmering squalls of psychedelic swirl, but those are all woven into these epic expanses of spaced out dreamdrone drift, the A side, an 18 minute epic, spends its first half drifting ethereally, before a pulsing synth rhythm finally surface, adding a bit of propulsion to the track, and transforming new age shimmer into swirling buzzing pulsating krautdrone bliss, the sound getting downright noisy near the end, the edges sharper and slightly more abrasive, only to then quickly dissipate in a gorgeous blissed out high end raga like coda.
The B side starts off with a whirling starfield of softly swirling notes, a blurry tangle of psychedelic synths, layered and textural, offering up brief flurries of soaring melody, getting darkly proggy and droney about halfway through, only to finish off with an epic sprawl of Sunroof! like upper register spacekraut raga, before finishing off with the comparatively more muted final track, which begins sounding a bit like the music from some seventies planetarium show, only to blossom into a gorgeously rhythmic stretch of percolating retro synthscapery, a pulsing futuristic soundworld that also builds and builds to a near psychedelic climax, before finally finishing off in a hazy cloud of soft focus synth swirl.
Released on the Gneiss Things label, run by Emeralds' Steve Hauschildt.
MPEG Stream:
"Receiving Mirages"
MPEG Stream: "Age Maze"

album cover LE REVELATEUR Motion Flares (Root Strata) cassette 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
A new batch of tapes from the always awesome Root Strata label, this one from Canadian space-drone-synth sculptor Roger Teller-Craig, aka Le Revelateur, whose sound is a gorgeous wash of kosmische haze, all gently lapping new age synths, softly propulsive space kraut rhythms, lush and layered and so hypnotic. The vibe sun dappled and shimmery, total dream drift sonic bliss. Fans of Expo 70, Pulse Emitter, and other retro krautsynth combos will flip.
The tape begins with a sprawling motorik opener, clouds of arpeggiated melodies, soft focus flurries of reverbed synth swirl, all over a looped hypnodrone kraut groove, a bit like Neu! but WAY more blissed out and ethereal, which drifts right into the much more dramatic second track, again anchored by a sci-fi synth pulse, but laced with streaks of subtly ominous melody, and thick squalls of buzz and washed out skree, very haunting and cinematic.
The second side begins with something much more hushed and ephemeral, softly smoldering loooooong tones, laced with chiming harmonics, and strangely processed melodic fragments and the occasional bit of rhythmic skitter, a gorgeous druggy drift, which all slowly builds, a sound like the sun emerging from behind the clouds, everything begins to sparkle and glisten and reflect, all bathed in a fuzzed out prismatic bleary eared softly psychedelic glow. The record closes with another stretch of cinematic synthy mystery, almost orchestral, lush and majestic, like the soundtrack to some slow drift through another galaxy, everything wreathed in alien starlight, a blurred expanse of cosmic sonic energy. Incredible.
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, housed in super nice, thick offset printed covers.
MPEG Stream:
"Arco Naturale"

album cover LE REVELATEUR & SABRINA RATTE Fictions (Root Strata) dvd-r 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Now a visually-augmented dvd-r release, this music was originally released on vinyl via the Gneiss Things label, run by Emeralds' Steve Hauschildt (whose solo Kranky debut we reviewed here recently). Fictions is release number two of gorgeous kosmische synth drift from this former member of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am, whose previous release, a way too limited cassette on Root Strata, had most of the folks here flipping out. Le Revelateur, aka Roger Tellier-Craig, also performed at last year's On Land Festival here in SF, and amidst a pretty incredible lineup, managed, at least as far as many of us were concerned, to steal the show.
And those who did see the show, also got to witness the accompanying visuals, a gorgeous collection of films created by Teller-Craig's partner Sabrina Ratte, whose fantastical prismatic impressionism is the perfect visual accompaniment for Teller-Craig's futuristic kosmische. synthscapery. Let's revisit the music first, as the music here is the same as on the lp:
The three tracks on Fictions plays like a single track, separated into movements, which is appropriate considering in some ways it's a modern reimagining of the classic seventies synth work of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and all the rest, and of course, the sounds of Le Revelateur will most definitely appeal to fans of other modern synth retro-revisionists, like Mist, Emeralds, Innercity, Oneohtrix Point Never et all, but there's something about Le Revelateur's sound that manages to elevate it above its sonic brethren, Tellier-Craig so adept at unfurling sounds and gradually building these epic, dreamlike celestial synthscapes, and the thing is, it's not all static tones, and long layered shimmer, no, the synths here are surprisingly active, emitting flurries of notes, glimmering squalls of psychedelic swirl, but those are all woven into these epic expanses of spaced out dreamdrone drift, the first track, an 18 minute epic, spends its first half drifting ethereally, before a pulsing synth rhythm finally surface, adding a bit of propulsion to the mix, and transforming new age shimmer into swirling buzzing pulsating krautdrone bliss, the sound getting downright noisy near the end, the edges sharper and slightly more abrasive, only to then quickly dissipate in a gorgeous blissed out high end raga like coda.
The second track starts off with a whirling starfield of softly swirling notes, a blurry tangle of psychedelic synths, layered and textural, offering up brief flurries of soaring melody, getting darkly proggy and droney about halfway through, only to finish off with an epic sprawl of Sunroof!-like upper register spacekraut raga, before finishing off with the comparatively more muted final track, which begins sounding a bit like the music from some seventies planetarium show, only to blossom into a gorgeously rhythmic stretch of percolating retro synthscapery, a pulsing futuristic soundworld that also builds and builds to a near psychedelic climax, before finally finishing off in a hazy cloud of soft focus synth swirl.
And Ratte's visuals, as mentioned above, could almost be described in the same way, the images and colors and moving shapes, are almost musical, flickering and slowly shifting, with rainbow solar flares, and vintage video game grids, mysterious shapes and flashing colors, it's like equal parts video game and fever dream, some of it looks like a James Ferraro album cover come to life, bold and bright colors and shapes, all retro VHS / late night cable psychedelia, a head spinning, mind melting feast for the (third?) eyes. Gorgeous, sonically AND visually.
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, comes in a slim dvd style case, with full color art inside and out, as well as a printed clear plastic insert.
MPEG Stream:
"Receiving Mirages"
MPEG Stream: "Age Maze"

album cover GRASSLUNG Sincere Void (Root Strata) cd 14.98
After a whole bunch of super limited cd-r's and tapes, dronelord Grasslung, aka Jonas Asher, finally releases his first proper cd full length, on Root Strata, which is seemingly right where it belongs, as sonically, it definitely falls right in line along side Barn Owl, Pulse Emitter, William Fowler Collins, Grouper, Keith Whitman, Duane Pitre, Le Revelateur, and the like, and much like many of the Root Strata crew, Grasslung's approach to the drone is similarly abstract, something much more ethereal and ephemeral, almost new agey, hushed and minimal and slightly ominous, haunting even, long tones, layers and textures, fragmented melodies left to drift in soft expanses of hushed hum and burnished shimmer, the sound both lush and spare, some tracks dense and dark, others seemingly lit from within, glowing softly, from gorgeous contemplative piano driven minimalism, the notes allowed to ring out and gradually fade, the overtones subtle and the low end rumbling way below, to something more glimmery and reflective, soft billowy synthscapes, the melodies stretched way out, allowed to sweetly swell, and to drift dreamily through fields of blurred organ chords and washed out streaks of windswept muted thrum, to a Caretaker like victrola-ed haze, all looped warble and sepiatoned thrum, to smoldering distorted dronedreamdrift, thick swaths of softly churning out of focus buzz, blissed out dronedoom loops, layered and left to gradually melt into one another, creating gauzy swirls of softly colored sound. So totally lovely.
LIMITED TO 500 COPIES.
MPEG Stream:
"Scarred Hands We Drift"
MPEG Stream: "Roland Park Noose"
MPEG Stream: "Tired Of Remembering"

album cover KLEEMAN, ARROW Phase Reps And Builds (Root Strata) cassette 6.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
One of two new tapes from Root Strata, this one comes from Arrow Kleeman, who we know very little about other than the fact that he's a visual artist and musician/composer, on Phase Reps And Builds, he pretty much does exactly what the title suggests, repeating electronic phrases, looped rhythms, and layering them into lush, gorgeously mesmerizing sci-fi synthscapes. Percolating rhythms, overlapping melodies, the sound simultaneously futuristic and retro, definitely tapping into the whole Blade Runner / John Carpenter / Logan's Run vibe that folks like Majeure and Zombi and Umberto have been exploring lately. But where those folks seem to be pushing the eighties soundtrack / Euro dancefloor, Kleeman's explorations are more minimal, more academic. Not to say they're lacking in emotion, they're just darker, and more contemplative, the sounds cyclical, mesmerizingly repetitious, each track and experimental loopscape, trancelike and tranquil, infusing its rhythmic and electronic elements with the compositional approach of Steve Reich and Terry Riley, creating a sort of modern minimalism / sci-fi retro-futuristic space synth hybrid.
Needless to say, recommended for fans of Lichens, Grasslung, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pulse Emitter, Le Revelateur, etc.
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES!
MPEG Stream:
"AutoBlips"
MPEG Stream: "NuPhase"
MPEG Stream: "RepeatAgain"

album cover PAYNE, MAGGI Ahh-Ahh Music for Ed Tannenbaum's Technological Feets 1984-1987 (Root Strata) lp 17.98
For its first ever archival release, the Root Strata label delves into Bay Area composer Maggi Payne's computerized music experiments from 1984-87. Composed for a unique dance/video project collaboration with experimental video maker Ed Tannebaum for a series of performances called Technological Feets. For these performances, the movements of three dancers live on stage are captured on camera and processed in real time on a screen above them. The dancers can view the processing on video monitors in front of them and thus react to their own movements. The music is then a mixture of live performed responses over prerecorded tracks. You can check one of the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98fvPSNJHpw
Payne, who is a dancer herself (as well as flautist, who performed on David Behrman's "On The Other Ocean" from 1977), imbues her music with a fresh rhythmic energy that makes these pieces instantly engaging. The terrific opener, "Flights of Fancy" is full of dynamic uplift but countered by a brooding undercurrent of minor key melancholia that for us outshines many current synth practitioners, the way it inches quite close to pop music. Titles like "Gamelan" and "Shimmer", give pretty clear clues to their direction, but the title piece, "Ahh-Ahh (Ver 2.1)" sourced from many forms of white noise, flute and snare drum, where, according to the liner notes, "spatial location and modulation are of primary concerns in this piece", is all subtle layered shifts of audio spectrum effects that is a tranced out disorientating delight. Root Strata has done a great service in getting this little known composer some much deserved wider attention. Payne who is currently the Co-Director of Contemporary Music at Mills College probably has had a hand in inspiring scores of young musicians and composers, we're sure among them the likes of Mariell V. Jakobsons and Gregg Kowalsky as well as Roger Tellier-Craig (Le Revelateur) and Sabrina Ratte who had a hand in getting this release to see the light of day. We can't recommend this enough!
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"Flights Of Fancy"
MPEG Stream: "Ahh-Ahh (Version 2)"

album cover RADIO PEOPLE Hazel (Mexican Summer) lp 19.98
LP number two from Sam Goldberg, aka Radio People, who traffics in the same sort of spaced out psychedelic synthscapes as other aQ faves like Mist, Emeralds, Le Revelateur, Bitchin Bajas, Gatekeeper, Stellar Om Source and the rest, weaving expansive landscapes of lush chordal swells, and shimmery melodic drift, wreathed in a gauzy thrum that gives the sound a distinctly retro feel, as if this really could be some long lost krautdrone artifact unearthed and reissued. Besides the cosmic synthscapery, the sound also borrows from seventies Italo soundtracks, and krautrocky new age ambience, the sort of thing modern groups like the Alps and Expo 70 have also explored.
Radio People does what he does very well, whether it's weaving warm swirls of synth ambience, kicking out the John Carpenter like jams or conjuring up gorgeous melancholy soundscapes that sound like they were plucked from old lost 45, or crafting creepy faux cold wave soundtracks,but what he does that no one else does, is SING. We really weren't expecting it, but on the last track, when the vocals came in, it really changed everything, warm and softly crooned, subtly processed and wreathed in effects, they add a wistful pop element to the proceedings that definitely makes this something special. The vocals adding a bit of emotion and pathos that can sometimes seem missing with all this retro electronic synth stuff. A pretty great record all around, and fans of the above mentioned bands will most likely flip for this, but that last track left us hankering for more tracks with singing. Here's hoping for a future record of creepy krauty synth pop from Radio People. But until then, this'll do just fine.
LIMITED TO 750 COPIES! Each one hand numbered. Includes a download coupon.
MPEG Stream:
"Playground"
MPEG Stream: "A Vague Year"
MPEG Stream: "Blind Faith"

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