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ELODIE (TIMO VAN LUIJK & ANDREW CHALK) - Vieux Silence

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Ideologic Organ SOMA 027
Release Year: 2017
Note: the masterful impressionistic duo of ANDREW CHALK (MIRROR, FERIAL CONFINE) and TIMO VAN LUIJK (NOISE-MAKER's FIFES, AF URSIN, etc.) for the first time published outside their own labels, now on the prolific IDEOLOGIC ORGAN run by STEPHEN O'MALLEY: "a visual imagination in an instant, perhaps filtered through aged watercolour, tape grain, antique lenses, forgotten levels of listening and observational patience"; incl. guest musicians on piano, clarinette and guitar pedal steel
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"Having been entranced by both Andrew Chalks work with MIRROR (and back to his solo works as FERIAL CONFINE, plus multiple collaborations with David Jackman, The New Blockaders, Daisuke Suzuki, etc ) and Timo van Luijk (as Af Ursin, In Camera, La Poupe Vivante, and collaborations with Kris Vanderstraeten and others) for many years, I was naturally intrigued to hear about and hear their duo project ELODIE. The project formed in 2010, and has spanned eleven beautiful albums already, to date.

"Vieux Silence for Ideologic Organ is their first release presented outside of their own record publishing nook, Faraway Press & La Scie Dore. However this is not the first encounter between Ideologic Organ & ELODIE, they performed at a night in London I curated in February 2012, alongside Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang. Elodies performance was among the most delicately engaging and savant I have witnessed so very quiet, with snow falling in London outside Cafe Otos windows, the audience palpably entered a high intensity listening focus. The impression of this vivid memory is striking, considering how spare each of the individual elements present that night were.

"Vieux Silence, and ELODIE in general provoke a visual imagination in an instant, perhaps filtered through aged watercolour, tape grain, antique lenses, forgotten levels of listening and observational patience. On this gorgeous album Chalk & van Luijk also collaborate with piano, pedal steel and clarinet (played by ; Tom James Scott, Daniel Morris and Jean-Noel Rebilly, respectively). Each detail carefully considered and colouring step by step, like an impressionist watercolour."

Stephen OMalley, Les Lilas 2017

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