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REIDY, JULIA - In real Life

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Black Truffle BT051
Release Year: 2019
Note: Australian 12-string guitarist and composer (residing in Berlin) with first LP on Black Truffle, blending folk influences, electronics and her effected voice into a kind of 'electro acoustic dream psychedelism'.. - "long sequences of frenetic 12-string guitar shadowed and eventually overtaken by synth tones, passages of delicate chiming harmonics, electro-acoustic cut-ups - each flows seamlessly into the next.."
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Black Truffle present In Real Life, the latest in a flurry of releases from Berlin-based guitarist and composer Julia Reidy. Having drawn acclaim for solo performances on 12-string acoustic guitar that bridge microtonality, American primitive stylings and classic minimalism, Reidys recent releases have utilised an increasingly broad sonic palette, fleshing out guitar-based composition with electronics, field recordings, and most strikingly heavily auto-tuned vocals. On In Real Life, Reidy pushes one step further, crafting an epic LP-length suite that moves from abstracted song to lush electronics and explorations in contemporary musique concrte. Beginning with a passage of eerie electronics and creaking percussive interjections, Reidys heavily auto-tuned voice quickly takes centre stage. Surrounded by explosions of electric guitar and synthesised arpeggios, the auto-tuned voice delivers a melancholic ode, bringing together poetic images to reflect on the instability of experience and mutability of identity in a contemporary world saturated by digital technology. This concern with the unsettled relationship between the physical and digital is reflected musically by the constantly shifts in emphasis between Reidys physically demanding guitar-picking and the various forms of synthesis deployed. Similarly, the dynamic imagery of cutting, shattering, and racing streams present in Reidys lyrics also serves to characterise the structure of In Real Life, which ceaselessly shifts between distinct episodes. The song-based opening, long sequences of frenetic 12-string guitar shadowed and eventually overtaken by synth tones, passages of delicate chiming harmonics, electro-acoustic cut-ups each flows seamlessly into the next, often recurring throughout the records duration, which lingers over interstitial moments between these episodes.

Mixed and mastered by Joe Talia at Good Mixture, Tokyo. Vinyl cut at 45rpm for maximum fidelity by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin. Artwork by Suze Whaites. LP desgn by Lasse Marhaug.