Boomkat Product Review:
Rabih Beaini’s boundless Morphine Records present a brilliantly unexpected album from mechanical music maven Pierre Bastien, his first since the last of three LPs for Rephlex in 2012.
Active since the late ‘80s forging an idiosyncratic style of musique concrète that’s at once playful, complex and unique, Bastien’s music feels anachronistic, off-kilter and, despite its mechanical roots, always warm and human.
The eight pieces on Blue as an Orange are part sound art installation, part musical composition; recontextualising Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper and nails as instrumental components in his fantastical musical machines.
Coupled with a palette of African Kundi Harp, Javanese rabab, sanz, gongs and electric harpsichord, he meshes out a spectrum of glistening tones, teasing timbres and unique harmonics placing his own slant on blue old jazz and the sort of music that might be played by notional species imagined at the BBC’s radiophonic workshop that day when Delia spiked John Baker’s Earl Grey with fresh Hoffmans.