Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock! Accompanying the release of Steve Roden, 'Live In Los Angeles' is another high art concept from L-NE that you kind of wish would fail for being so ball-achingly pretentious... However the briefest of encounters with Chessmachine proves that any preconceptions are thoroughly unfounded. A collaborative performance project conceived and delivered by Richard Chartier and Ivan Pavlov, Chessmachine is "an austere and chilling tête-à-tête over the chessboard that reconstructs the somber milieu of a bygone Europe..." Riiiiight. Yet for all its wordy justifications, 'Live In Los Angeles' happily exists on its own merits with a sound that matures before your ears. A single 40-odd minute composition, 'Live' opens with such fragility you doubt it's even there; a state it sporadically returns to throughout. Yet just as you can't have light without dark, nor can you comfortably construct complex bouts of near silence without providing a textured juxtaposition; in this case ranging from crackling clicks and cuts through to modem-ripped detonations of white noise. Fragmentary in practise, 'Live In Los Angeles' doesn't however feel fractured, with Chartier and Pavlov weaving a firmly delineated sense of cohesion and thematic intent that guides you through the piece in a manner that appears totally organic.