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Despite what it might look like, "Left My Brain @ Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) OST" is not a movie soundtrack - it's Canadian producer Jesse Osborne-Lanthier's ambitious new monsterpiece, a 28 track voyage into a parallel universe where genre isn't so much disintegrated but absorbed and reformed.
Five years in the making, the album has been pieced together over a period of transformation for Osborne-Lanthier. It began in Barcelona, where each day the producer would head to La Xampanyeria (from where the record takes its name) to eat and piece together ideas. Initially, the tracks were academic in nature, but over time as life events shifted Osborne-Lanthier's outlook, the sketches were pulled apart.
The biggest change in the artist's life came in 2016, when his mother died pushing him into a prolonged period of mourning. Osborne-Lanthier revisited his suite of recordings and began to see them for what they were, in his own words "a mask for insecurity and sadness". As he remodeled the work, it began to take on new life - washed into a mix that was hopeful, challenging and earnest.
The tracks take in a sound-world of influence - fragments of grime, heavy metal, EDM, sound art, ambient, club music are all present - but nothing is facsimile or utilitarian. Rather each sound illustrates part of a story (we're guessing this is where the OST comes in?) and is warped thru Osborne-Lanthier's mind. Tempos rise and fall with ease and beats stutter through genre barriers like ghosts in Luigi's Mansion. Nothing is fixed, yet there's a coherence that demands ur attention from beginning to end.
We're a bit stunned honestly, this one will take a while to unpack.