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RUPERT CLERVAUX AFTER MASTERPIECES

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〈WHITIES〉初となるフルアルバム、BEATRICE DILLONとの共作でも知られる音楽家/サウンドエンジニア・RUPERT CLERVAUX aka CVXの「AFTER MASTERPIECES」店着!80年代からアヴァンシーンで活躍するシンセ奏者・ANNA HOMLER、アートロックバンドSIAN ALICE GROUPのヴォーカル・SIAN AHERNらが参加する渾身の一枚。

Avalon Emerson、Tessela、Kowton等、卓越した鬼才達の作品で、ベース/エクスペリメンタル以降のダンスミュージックを特異な解釈とセンスで牽引する〈WHITIES〉待望のアルバムシリーズが始動!古代の神話や音楽起源論をテーマに製作。ANNA HOMLERの鍵盤や、EBEN BULLによるリード楽器が奏でる旋律楽器は実験的でありながら至極淡白。それ以上に打楽器とポエトリー、電子音がくっきりと浮き出る圧倒的なサラウンド音響に感嘆。猛々しい土着的リズムから、たったの一打鐘を鳴らす実験的ドローンまで、パーカッションの有り様も多彩。ラバーバンドを巻きつけたジャケットと作中の詩を記したブックレット、装丁にも力の限りを尽くした名品。 (Akie)

▼ Tracklisting

A1. Prelude - Her Fingers of Pink Light (9:30) sample
A2. Hidden in the Frail Partition (6:51) sample
B. In Shadowlands of Like and Likeness (17:02) sample
C1. Damper and Drum (7:36) sample
C2. Make Nature Speak (11:19) sample
D. L'amore che Muove il Sole (22:20) sample

Experimental musician Rupert Clervaux releases his debut solo album ‘After Masterpieces’ on Whities.
The record features guest performances from saxophonist and trumpet player Eben Bull, singer Sian Ahern, and renowned experimental artist Anna Homler (aka Breadwoman) whose inimitable voice ushers us into the record’s opening prelude, and out of its redemptive final piece.

‘After Masterpieces’ sets six recitals of Rupert’s poetry in unique, unpredictable and expansive musical scenery. The enigmatic and densely compacted texts, reworked and gently honed throughout the album’s slow creation, find an aerial perspective from which a lifetime of reading, listening and thinking is carefully re-mapped. The broad thematic scope takes in aesthetics, ancient mythologies, the origins of language and music, epistemology and ecology––to name just a few––all of which remain tightly intertwined, resistant to abstraction, and imbued with a sense of inquisitive ambiguity which treats all certainty with suspicion: the listener is invited to find their own threads, draw their own conclusions and think their own thoughts––as Anna Homler once aptly said of her own work, “…it’s not didactic, it’s poetic.”

Initially deriving its impetus from the mood and rhythm of the words, the album’s music utilises a wide-array of performance and production techniques. Clervaux draws on his full range of musical interests, creating long-form pieces that at turns support the recitals and then lead the way for the instrumental swathes within and between them. The sounds of ‘After Masterpieces’ revolve through the melodic ambience of ‘Her Fingers of Pink Light’; the dark electronics and multi-layered samples of ‘In Shadowlands of Like and Likeness’; the tentative interplay of piano and voice on ‘Damper and Drum’; and the riff-like patterned percussion and free improvisation of ‘Make Nature Speak.’ As the LP draws to a close, Homler and Bull join Rupert on ‘L’amore che Muove il Sole’—a sprawling anti-hymn, echoing the structure of ‘The Divine Comedy’, which discovers, in place of Dante’s heavenly paradise, a fragile optimism for positive change in the wreckage of failed grand narratives.

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