Boomkat Product Review:
The latest Pinkcourtesyphone is a real stunner, decaying his earliest tape-recorded works into sludgy, industrial, dubbed-out ambience that's as sensual as it is emotionally resonant. Huge recommendation if yr into Jake Muir, Basinski, The Caretaker, Pendant, Space Afrika, or Lee Gamble's "Diversions".
Pivoting dramatically from Spring's muzak-inspired "All Intensive Purposes", Chartier turns the camera on himself on "Shouting At Nuance", applying his patented processes to his own, early works. It's a smart way to musically consider memory itself - Chartier has been producing music for decades and has used his initially-anonymous Pinkcourtesyphone project to explore his more velveteen inclinations, dissecting old showtunes, cabaret and grandiose orchestrals. A far cry from his more austere, minimal works, Pinkcourtesyphone is Chartier's place to celebrate and dissect queerness and its historical, cultural coding, and while "Shouting At Nuance" is different from its predecessors - darker, more unsettling and far dubbier - it provides the most resolved and absorbing release of the project thus far.
By unearthing archival material and reconstructing it into new forms, Chartier creates a scrying mirror, connecting the past to the future. It's particularly resonant on opening epic 'Problematic Interior 3' that slowly dissolves from murky ambience into aerated rhythmic dub before it draws to a satisfying close. Chartier is careful never to let his rhythms become too literal: a clatter that might be a washing machine in the distance, but one that roots us in a mental flux between real-life and recorded symbolism. On 'Alternatory' the album's dubby roots are put even further into focus as Chartier lurches from distorted subs into blustery comb-filtered techno vapors. It's not as literal as Lee Gamble's iconic "'Diversions 1994-1996" but the end result is similar; Chartier just magpied his own library rather than a set of Jungle breakdowns.