Boomkat Product Review:
Richard Chartier’s pioneering queer ambient project puts us under his spell again with an infinitely elegant suite of anaesthetic, spectral tones near guaranteed to grab fans of The Caretaker, Romance, Philip Jeck, Lynch & Badalamenti.
Gently rousing the project from its beauty kip, Chartier’s latest Pinkcourtesyphone dials in 40 minutes of exquisitely supine, pharmaceutically tinted mood music in the wake of 2020’s ‘Leaving Everything To Be Desired’. All chiffon pastel hues shrouding something darker in its gauzy middle distance, ‘All Intensive Purposes’ returns us to rarified realms that have become familiar as a recurrent dream over the decade since we were first smitten by the project’s debut, ‘Foley Folly Folio’ in 2012 (to the extent we had to reissue it on vinyl the following year on Boomkat Editions). The project has since become a byword for a sense of intrigue, and stuff, amid a contemporary sphere saturated with ambient efforts that rarely come close to the effect of Pinkcourtesyphone’s intoxicating ethers and patient, tactile nuance - save for maybe the likes of Romance & Dean Hurley’s soap opera studies, or the latter stages of The Caretaker.
Enacting a sort of perpetual dusk of the LA mindset, here we find Pinkcourtesyphone’s most succinct snapshots of glamorous, noirish decay. Proffered as "catastrophe muzak", the sound of sympathy amplified, leaving the room” the imposed stasis of lockdown lingers of proceedings, with a particularly isolated opener ‘that intangible object of contempt / the tenderness of …’ setting a bleakly damaged tone that glacially resolves across the long string sighs of ‘’drained by the very nearness’ and finds its softer, sentimental centre in the fleeting dark bliss of ‘out of an abundance’, and pools into gorgeous, gloaming Lynchian feel of ‘comfortable predictability’ and ‘wistful wishful wanton’, where we can almost hear the medics peering over our prostrate fleshly vessel, searching for a heartbeat behind the shut eyes and blissed expression.