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    Papillon – “Papillon” – [Discrepant]

    The cover’s Rorschach butterfly defines more than the French name
    of this project, it is emblematic of the album. Old sounds, via
    collage and an analog cocoon emerge as new. Like the ink blot test,
    the story here takes place in the mind of the listener, although
    apparently it is an homage to a 1969 French adventure book as well.
    Enhanced field recordings, with Discrepant label head GF Cardoso
    delivering the samples, but plenty of secret sauces added. Clicks,
    morse code messages, power drone hiding in the shadows of a jungle,
    is that a knife being sharpened during “Petit Viande” or just
    some circuit bending? Flies swarm later, an appetite for sonic
    construction. Did dolphins add in telepathy as well? Humans wander
    into the mix as well, both sampled from Chinese villages and
    maybe ham radio intercepts, as well as drummer David Naan who
    injects an energetic finish to “La Cavale des Chinois” and
    Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong contributes frequencies sublime.
    Sound sculpture used to be a phrase used a lot, and it can apply
    here as well, there’s a tangible 3-D feel to much of the work,
    even if the topography is unknown. Are those firecrackers?
    Is there a bagpipe around the corner? The foreign here is easy
    to embrace, even if at times there is an air of the ominous. Like
    any intrepid traveler, if you are willing to lose yourself in the
    surroundings, you will find much more.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 31, 2014 at 12:55 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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