Mixtape / Olivier Alary & Johannes Malfatti / Spectres

130701 have just posted a mixtape. It`s the work of Olivier Alary and Johannes Malfatti – the composers responsible for the recent u, i long-player. The tape is called Spectres. Here’s what Olivier and Johanne have to say:

“The mixtape was inspired by the notion of Hauntology – a philosophical concept which refers to the return or persistence of elements from the past in the present, as in the manner of a ghost. While the pieces here come from different genres and eras, they all share a certain ethereal quality. The idea of the mixtape was to create the feeling of rememoration, as if each track resurfaced from a distant memory and briefly coexisted with another in the present. Porous and blurry. Aesthetically speaking, we relate to these pieces because they contain elements that we both seek in the music we love. They are challenging but emotional also. Therefore, they automatically relate to the music we do. Our aim is to always make opposites co-exist together. Such as contemporary instrumental music, pop and noise.”

Effectively 100 odd minutes of aural hallucination, the tape is a seamless dream-like drift through a variety of genres – classical, kosmische clusters, jazz, post-punk and techno. Torch songs and deconstructed, pulled-apart, pop. Tripped-out blues, faded mazzy stars, fractured folk, and future tropicalia. Ritual chants and ceremonial drone. Strings, reeds and frozen borders. Bucolic birdsong, police sirens and Orb-like observations on the afterlife interrupting the muted whispers of big bands performing in distant haunted dancehalls. Culminating in the crackle of the last flickering flame of an eviscerated Eno-like ascent. 

Interlaced Teaser – Olivier Alary & Johannes Malfatti
Grafts – Kara-Lis Coverdale
Leaving – Andy Stott
Ruins – Jim Copperthwaite
IndianKidz – Chassol
Elegie – Stefan Fraunberger
Frozen Warnings – Nico
From the sea it Looms (Chapter I&II) – Leon Vynehall
Love´s refrain – Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Giza/Polytravellers A – Vectroid
Mattress store – Disconscious
恢复 – 2814
쇠사슬 (Ahhhh, These Chains!) – 공중도둑 (Mid-Air Thief)
08.31. Ornament d – Johannes Malfatti
Memories Return – Nmesh
Journeys on the Winds of time – Alan Lamb
Dream Sequins® – Nmesh
Animals – Oneothrix Point Never
Into the trees – Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions
Cuorde Vuote – Francesco Filidei
Träume – Françoise Hardy
Baozoo Khen – Kink Gong
Watussi – Harmonia
dlp4 – William Basinski

Olivier Alary & Johannes Malfatti`s u, i is available from 130701. For a fascinating, detailed interview about the recording of the album please check Sound On Sound. 

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