Boomkat Product Review:
Light the freak beacon, Jean Guérin's surreal psychedelic jazz/electronic opus, 'Tacet' is a certified wig-flipper!
Realised as the soundtrack to Claude Faraldo's anarchic film "BOF, anatomie d'un livreur', it was originally recorded over a period of months in 1971, and notoriously notched up the most expensive productions costs of any release on Gérard Terronès Parisian label, Futura Records - an apt name for such forward-looking material. Swirling somewhere between fellow French sound explorers Pierre Henry or Jac Berrocal, and off to the left of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, it unfurls a deeply trippy sequence of abstract vocals, slanted electronics and pealing brass awash with a deliciously queasy, disorienting quality.
Nothing is stable, every surface seems to deliquesce with a lysergic shimmer whilst voices and instruments protrude and recede from the mix in a psychedelic democracy, exchanging passages of tape-warped percussion with avant-operatic arrangements and screwball electronics according to a private, aleatoric logic. Effectively it's a precursor for everything from NWW's 'Chance Meeting…' to Eno & Byrne's 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' or that brilliant Berrocal/Fenech/Epplay album on Blackest Ever Black: a little-known cosmic seed for unknown futures. A huge recommendation!