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Boomkat Product Review:
Previously unreleased, mesmerising document of Mika Vainio, Charlemagne Palestine and Eric Thielemans’ studio sessions at Les Ateliers Claus, Belgium in 2013.
In a suite of haunting scenes that call to mind Akira Rabelais and Elodie as much as Ghédalia Tazartès, revered avant gardist Charlemagne Palestine supplies possessed vocals, piano and organ to Vainio’s electronics for the first time since their 1997 meeting alongside Pita.
This time they’re joined by the live drums of Belgium’s Eric Thielemans, who makes a vital variable in the mix with a deft range of tonalities and percussion that punctuate and frame the album’s looming electro-acoustic dimensions, as they shapeshift and shadow strafe from scenes that recall amore genteel adjunct to Pan Sonic and Keiji Hainio’s outings, and thru to more avant, ritualistic themes giving space for some of Palestine’s strangest vocals and covering tracts of scorched earth doom.