Boomkat Product Review:
Strictly Limited Copies - Includes new and specially-comissioned music by Demdike Stare, Lætitia Sadier, David Sylvian, Pye Corner Audio, Maria Minerva, Peaking Lights and many more. 140g coloured 2LP housed in gatefold jacket with a 29 x 29cm 24-page booklet containing critical texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider and transcriptions of original telephone conversations
A fascinating and cannily engaging sound-art project by Turner award-nominated Phil Collins, inviting international artists to rework conversations anonymously recorded in a free phone booth located by Cologne train station. Stemming from Collins' 2013 solo exhibition 'In every home a heartache' (curated by Anna Brohm), and partly inspired by the artist's time working for a homeless magazine in the '90s, he worked in collaboration with Cologne's Gulliver service - a self-described "survival station for the homeless" - to set up a free, unlimited phone line to be used on condition that the conversations were recorded and anonymised for later use in his work.
The recordings were initially played back to the public off 7" thru listening posts overlooking the city's central train station, and have been subsequently reworked in myriad new ways; from the spectral voyeurism and ominous pallor of Demdike Stare's 'Relativity', to a heart-breaking piece by Stereolab's Lætitia Sadier and, closer to home, in special guest appearance by German indie superstar Julia Hummer with local synthesists, Pluramon, plus turns by Elektronishe Musik aus: Köln and Cologne Tape.
Everything about this LP is ace, from concept to execution, and with the integral bonus of sensitively drawing attention to a pressing matter.