Saåad is back on BLWBCK with a new cassette, featuring an improvisation recorded at the end of the Orbs & Channels sessions + 4 reinterpretations by Listening Mirror, Pleq, Almeeva & Noir Cœur. Like on their recent full-length, Barbot & Buffier use the chiaroscuro technique to add depth into their opaque drone. Στερεά Σύννεφα * can be pictured as a dense & boiling fog encircling an arid mountain, a wall of permanent gray faintly pierced by a spectral piano and ghostly voices. Led by this play with contrasts, the following remixes extend this 6 minutes single to a 33 minutes journey around the globe. A night in Mexico with the healing ambient of Listening Mirror, a party in the Pacific with Noir Cœur, dangerous driving & illegal behaviours with Almeeva to end with an experimental chemistry workshop with Pleq. All inclusive.
Music improvisated by Greg Buffier & Romain Barbot, November 2012, Toulouse (France). Mastered by Byron Christodoulou, December 2012 & February 2013, Athens (Greece). Cover photography By Eddy Duluc, Layout by Romain Barbot
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I probably wouldn't have listened to this without the context of it being about dementia, but even without that context, this is a real work of art. The distorted big-band samples create a sound that starts out nostalgic, and becomes disturbing and confused, then fades into emptiness, but is enthralling all the way through. Stage 4 is my favorite, simultaneously defying musical logic and upholding it. Ivan Stanton