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ghedalia tazartes - Coda Lunga
**Includes one hour DVD film. Edition of 500** There are few artists who've so consistently smashed our tiny minds as self-confessed sonic nomad, Ghédalia Tazartès. Granted, we only really got switched onto him via the kaleidoscopic 'Granny Awards' LP for Alga Marghen, but we've been devouring every bit of his we can find ever since, and now Von Archives chuck this phenomenal new diversion in our path. Imagine John Cage meets Muslimgauze and Nurse With Wound on a field trip to India with the Sublime Freq's and you're in the rarified cross-cultural headspace of 'Coda Lunga'. Inspired by a journey into Kerala, India, Tazartès immerses us in a mesh of the lushest, technofied Katakhali dance polyrhythms, psychedelic field recordings and sweeping operatic statements, veering off the tracks into the most surreal, febrile sections of his imagination with the effortless, visionary effect of the finest Lynch films or the most potent psychotropics, or even both combined. It's paranormal in the most literal sense - inexplicable, between worlds - clashing rhythms, textures and sonorities with alchemical ability from the humid bazaar techno of opener 'Ascolto' to the unravelled symphonic churn of closer 'Alléluiá'. In between it metamorphoses from something like Dariush Dolat-Shahir recorded by Sahel Sounds to blown-out blues, all the while attacked by packs of rabid dogs and raving to the latest taxi-techno or belting out cod-opera set to magnificent MIDI orchestrations. We've probably said something to this effect before, but this music makes so much else seem bland, unimaginative and prosaic by comparison, and which, musicologically speaking (which we're not qualified to do, but will anyway), has arrived at a genuinely new sound by dint of its blatant disregard for convention and its syncretic blending of disparate cultural tunings. Lovers of outsider, outernational and amazing music of all stripes should consider this record unmissable.