Boomkat Product Review:
Precision-tooled bliss and quietly quizzical turns of phrase by the hallowed duo, newly expanded and reissued with 22 minutes of previously unheard works, all remastered as part of the V.I.R.U.S. reissue series .
An experimental, contemporary evergreen, ‘Revep’, along with ‘Vrioon’, ‘Insen’, ‘UTP’, and ’Summvs’ makes up one of the finest, most rarified series of releases in the electronic sphere thesed last 15 years. Made newly available for the first time this decade, the future-proofed recordings still uniquely enchant with its makers’ mixture of free-flowing lines of melodic thought and effortlessly obsessive electronic detailing that leaves no nanosecond spare of expressive nuance.
Notably including a glitch version of Sakamoto’s beloved ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ in ‘Ax Mr. L’, the album’s distinguished pleasures are now enhanced by no fewer than three new works, spanning a spine-playing tribute to Le Corbusier’s famous building in Marseille (‘City Radieuse’) and the two parts of pulsating, reverberant atmosphere to ‘Veru’ sure to pique interests of those who’ve lived with, and loved, the album over the years.
The type of recording that rewards playback on proper soundsystems, but nonetheless carries itself most elegantly otherwise, it delivers shivers from the opening flurry of severed piano notes in ’Siisx’, and its descent to the left hand keys, and upwards into city-at-night vapours, on more brooding sibling piece ‘Mur’, with the aforementioned ‘ax Mr. L’ beautifully marking the distance travelled from Sakamoto’s soundtrack to ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’, circa his seminal works with David Sylvian.