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Boomkat Product Review:
Erased Tapes re-issue of the debut album Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light by Bell Orchestre.
With the 1998 International band-member sharing treaty beginning to show some real results, Bell Orchestre's debut album features a glut of Arcade Fire members behind the trickling instrumentation. A strictly enforced no-vocal zone, 'Recording A Tape The Colour of the Light' is a simply devine collection of free-flowing pieces that range from voluptuous widescreen imaginary soundtracking to a cacophonous blend of instruments jammed in an arthouse basement. Following the brief introductory piece, Bell Orchestre set about seducing you with the fluffy rectitude of 'Les Lumieres Pt.1'; wherein a sun dappled atmosphere is concocted from a serene and diet-avant clutch of horns, strings and pattering precussion. Upping the tempo in a way that suggests a couple of John Zorn LP's lurking in the midst of their record Collections, 'Les Lumieres Pt.2' massages a cooking pot of driving instrumentation into layers of horns and urgent strings to thrilling effect. Elsewhere, 'Recording a Tunnel (the Horns Play Underneath The Canal)' introduces a stomp to proceedings, 'Nuevo' dons some Eastern-bloc military garb, whilst 'Salvatore Amatgo' is a swooping epic that isn't afraid to rely on string-lashed clichés. Imaginative, daring, inspired music that doesn't fit easily into any pigeonholes - a big recommendation.