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CORDIER, ERIC - Breizhiselad

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Erewhon CDWhON012
Release Year: 2006
Note: processed folksongs from the Bretagne from old 78rpm 10inches, ethereal and waving eruptions, beautiful and unreal in a special sense..
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Folksongs aus der Bretagne, gefunden auf alten 78rpm 10es, dienten als Grundlage fr BREIZHISELAD: zu hren sind field recordings (z.B. Schritte auf Steinen) und die traditionellen bretonischen Gesnge, die verzerrt & verdeckt ins therische driften...ein Auf- und Abwellen von mehrstimmigen Eruptionen, was eine eine Atmosphre von surrealistischer Schnheit schafft.... dazu ein ansprechendes Design, eine runde Verffentlichung, experimentell und betrend!

'In making Breizhiselad I have tried to rewrite some masterpieces of the traditional music of French Brittany. Apart a few field recordings all the material on this record originates in extracts from two songs of the A side of a 10 1960s reissue of a 78rpm. The story begins when a Breton cousin discovered the record at his grandmother's house. On first listening, I found it to be horrible - but a work of genius. Horrible because of the catechism-like vocal arrangements but a work of genius in terms of the beauty of the melody and the conviction of the singers. Another particularity is the importance of the disc itself, whose vinyl surface is nearly erased, polished under a sea of cracks. My project has been to transpose this traditional music into the tape music medium with a view to preserving what is strong in the source material and erasing the sugary, churchy treatment of these originally popular songs.
Composed between May and October 2003 with a sophisticated delay pedal, a sound processor and handmade devices.' [Eric Cordier, 2006]
By my own quick count, I think it was almost three years ago that we last reviewed something by the Belgium Erewhon label. Their small catalogue focusses on music that can be best described as a cross over between musique concrete, drones and field recordings. These two new releases are no different, but both have a strong conceptual edge. Eric Cordier uses a 1960s 78 RPM record as the sole source for his entire CD. Not just a 78 RPM, but the first record that had the Breton language carved into it. Much of the original information is erased through time, but it provides some excellent source material for Cordier. He uses 'a sophisticated delay pedal: GSP 2101 and a sound processor TC (G Force) and handmade devices'. He plays six lengthy pieces with this limited material, but cranks out some beautiful material with it. Of course the crackling vinyl plays an important role, but throughout there is a great sense of peace and warmness in these recordings. Everything moves solemnly and slowly around, and makes a hotbed of ambient sounding material, but albeit an ambience of a highly original kind. Perhaps limited in it's concept, the execution thereof is great. [Vital Weekly]