Boomkat Product Review:
The minimalist mavens remerge for their 3rd collaborative album of spectral tape loops and electronics following 'Untitled' (2004) and 'Aurora Liminalis' (2013).
'Divertissement' arrives in the wake of Basinski's 'Cascade' & 'Deluge' LPs, and Chartier's latest Pinkcourtesyphone call, 'Three Themes', to plumb a sepulchral, metaphysical space existing between their respective projects.
We hear both artists' closely-related signatures - shortwave radio, tape loops, piano and electronics - filtered against and thru each other to form a slow miasma of plasmic bass texture and intangibly diffused chorales that seem to emanate from and drip down the walls, floor and ceiling in a ghostly film of microtonal drones and spiderweb tones.
The feeling of space is enchanting and as intoxicating as an ancient cathedral, lending a sense of archaeoacoustic exploration to its dimensions of buried samples and slow murmuring reverberations that really put us in our place - shut your eyes in headphones and you could be located in any number of sacred or arcane spaces, drifting from vaulted majesty to womb-like quiet and bunkered ambience, choppers flying overhead.