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DEMOULIN, JULIEN & IA - The Bay

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Basses Frequences BF40 / Ronda RND17
Release Year: 2012
Note: very soft & minimal drone-muzak, based on guitars, vocals, flute.. deep, slow & endless "handplayed" drone-scapes by this US-French collaboration, somewhere between AIDAN BAKER & MAEROR TRI maybe; recommended! lim. 300
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"A tribute to both a great friendship and the mist-mantled San Francisco Bay Area, The Bay is a sprawling forty-minute drone piece recorded and produced in 2009 and 2010 over the course of several journeys between Oakland, California and Brussels, Belgium.
Guitar and vocal drones, environmental recordings and flute merge to form an emotional travelogue at the grey boundaries of the dreaming and waking worldsin celebration of reminiscence, before a darkling dawn, deep under the skies of water" [label info]


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"These two new releases on Basses Frequences see further exploration of the theme of ambient music, but are worked out differently. On the soft(er) edge we have a collaboration between Julien Demoulin and IA, recorded in Brussels and Oakland. The thematic approach here is about the Bay Area of California, but it could have been anything else really. Demoulin and IA use, apparently, guitars, voices, environmental recordings and flute in these two pieces which exactly last twenty minutes. Perhaps they intended this to do be a LP? Compared to other CDs I was listening to, around this, this is very soft music. I am not sure why that is, but I'm glad its not on vinyl; who knows what would have been left? Maybe its an artist statement to do it this soft, but it could have been easily a bit louder and still sounding great - I know someone who can a great mastering job, guys. Its not easy to spot those water recordings, or chimes, and certainly in the first part things move away below the surface of audibility. Its music you hear from a distance, maybe just like overlooking the bay area (a view to a kill?) from some distance. The music acts like fog horns in the night, far away, shining through the mist and haze of the night. The second piece is a bit 'louder', and comes across like boats passing in the night. Its also the somewhat more abstract piece of the two, dwelling more on sustaining tones, whereas the first part has nicely shimmering melodies. Excellent stuff." [FdW/Vital Weekly]