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pinkcourtesyphone - Foley Folly Folio
Modern minimalist hero and boss of the Line label, Richard Chartier, debuts his new guise Pinkcourtesyphone with one of the best things we've ever heard from the label - the outstanding 'Foley Folly Folio'. It's still purely electronic and relatively minimal in the wider sense of the word, but compared with his most stringent, process-based output, it could easily be deemed "maximalist", or perhaps most suitably, Pop Ambient. It's ostensibly a comfortable, luxurious, lounge-ready ambient exploration, but suffused with an unheimlich atmosphere manifesting in the same way that Lynch and Badalamenti, or even Boyd Rice's subversive affections for the underlying darkness of tiki culture and the decadent fantasy of '50s/'60s exotica wormed its way into post-rave and '90s ambient music. It's apparent in track titles such as 'A Dark Room Full Of Plastic Plants', and 'All Made Up', and best summed up in Line's own words "Pinkcourtesyphone desires to capture the sonic essence of some nicely dressed 1960's housewife wistfully peering out her window while reclining on some lovely couch or divan, with, of course, a slowly sipped cocktail and perhaps half of a valium. Perhaps she is waiting for the phone to ring." But trustingly, Chartier coolly navigates beyond the seas of cheese thanks to his incredibly subtle electro-acoustic applications and patient, hallucinatory grasp of spatial dynamics. There are five tracks on offer, three of which last over 20 minutes, bookended by two shorter pieces - kinda like some five stage sleeping/dosing pattern - designed to seduce, manipulate and subconsciously transform your surroundings and mood with uncanny precision. Imagine Leyland Kirby, Mark Snow and Stephan Mathieu blurred on mogadon and whisky at the Nassau branch of the Stanley hotel, and you're almost within grasp of this album's dark allure. Strongly recommended.