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Artist: Tape Loop Orchestra
Title: In A Lonely Place
Format: 12"
Label: Facture (@)
Rated: *****
One of the three admirals of the appreciated band The Boats, Andrew Hargreaves, comes back with his interesting personal project Tape Loop Orchestra, whose release got inspired by an authentic noir masterpiece, "In A Lonely Place", an old film by Nicholas Ray, starring Humphrey Bogart and film director's wife Gloria Grahame (in a moment when their relationship was on the break point...) and based on an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. The most bizarre and somewhat controversial aspect of the plot is a certain mirroring of real life happenings: Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) breaks the relationship with the cynical screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), whose inflammable temperament and irascible behaviour stoke the suspicion of being the assassin of the story as well as her fear and distrust, so that it seems the fiction mirror reality. Moreover even the choice of the title and the profile of the screenwriter (his isolation among people, his selfishness and quick-tempered behaviour as well as his drunkenness) according to essayist Louise Brooks had some references to the real Bogart. The titles of the three long tracks - the first two tracks are real time live takes, while the third one is their editing -, which have been recorded on a modified 4-track and walkman loop, have been named from the words Dix said to Laurel in the car, which were also written on a page in the typewriter of the original end of the movie: "I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me, I lived a few weeks while she loved me.". The devices used by Andrew which perfectly filled a C90 tape, before pouring the final result into vynil, managed to antiquate the sound, which seems to reflect a promenade within a fading and surreal scene by entrancing loops of feathered overstretched tunes, graceful repetitive blows and dazzling reverberation, whose subtle fluctuations gradually discloses lovely fragile melodies.



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