Sequenced synths meet with a violin on effects. The resulting soundscapes may have some faint odors of experimental folk, craut rock or noise ambience, but what will trickle your nose will be somewhat more bucolic: the smell of grass on alipne meadows, the running stream, the inevitable cowshit.
Recorded in athens, 2019
Ruben t.: violin effetcs
Iason P.: synths, field recordings, effects
Photography: Stephane Charpentier
PS Stamps Back’s Iason P collaborated with Ruben T from France. He plays the violin and pedals, while P is behind synths, sequences and pedals. In early 2019, they recorded together in Athens, and the music
was reworked and mixed in Nancy and Athens “during the beginning of the first lockdown, spring 2020”. According to Wiki, “Elugelab, or Elugelap, was an island, part of the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was destroyed by the world’s first true hydrogen bomb test on 1 November 1952, a test which was codenamed shot “Mike” of Operation Ivy. Prior to being destroyed, the island was described as “just another small naked island of the atoll”. I am not sure about the small cover text, but let’s say the worldview here is equally grim as with PS Stamps Back (same sort of packaging also). A track title like ‘The Discreet Charm Of Carpet Bombing’ says it all. P only brings a small portion of his cosmic-inspired music to the table, but by and large, the music is much more experimental and abstract. Clearly, the music is the result of improvising together, which is still part of the result. Most of the time, the violin doesn’t sound like one, but more like an electric guitar. When P.
opens up his sequencers a bit more, the violin is less in a free improvisation modus. The longest piece here, ‘(An Ode To) Pan Paniscus’, happens most dominantly, and the track didn’t do much for me. In the other pieces, the balance is equally divided between P.’s controlling sequence rolls and T.’s violin, which is heavily processed with effects and not very often sounding like a violin, works much better; without that long piece, the whole album would have been much more robust.
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