Music Reviews

Artist: Pinkcourtesyphone (@)
Title: A Ravishment Of Mirror
Format: CD
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Richard Chartier, who has widely considered one of the most prominent figures of the so-called reductionist sound art scene, recently raised the curtain up on his interesting project Pinkcourtesyphone by a series of releases with thematic interconnections. His third full album under this guise followed his relocation in Los Angeles, whose close connection with Hollywood secret sources of noir stories, hidden by a pellmell forest of mirrors, lights, roadways, temporary limelights and evanescent kudos filled the pool of sonic suggestions where the listener is going to swim while listening to "A Ravishment Of Mirror". The very first seconds of the long-lasting opening suite highlights this cinematic connection by a sample which could have been taken from the score of the most dramatic and schmaltzy scene of an old sentimental movie, which precedes a possible awakening as you can guess from the female vocal sample repeating "What was it you dreamed?": the following languidly amniotic sonic fluids could render the after-dream off-guard reverie, where your own breath and other sonic inputs sound like washed by frequencies that sleeper's brain keeps on generating. The opening suite seems to be ideally made up of three parts: the one I've just described is "Why Pretend", the second one - "The Desire Of Absence" - get closer to the entrancing ghostly sonorities by Tor Lundvall, while the final one - "Faulty Connections" - seems to describe a connected scene where the producer of such a reverie, where lithium and endorphine seems to join their voices, lets the sound of her walking on high heels resound into empty hallways while the contrails of that reverie got tragically stirred into menacing shadows. Your imagination is going to get highly stimulated by following glasses of cinematic laudanum that Pinkcourtesyphone serves with guessed dedications: almost silent buzzes liquefy time on "Pixels...Sometimes...Broke Your Heart" (for A., where A. refers to iconic pinkish Barbie-like billboard model, actress and singer Angelyne!), the outpourings of nocturnal cruising evoke out-of-time dimensions on "Falling Star", a track that Richard dedicates to Welsh actress Millicent Lilian "Peg" Entwistle, the first one of a long series, who killed herself by jumping from the letter H of the notorious Hollywoodland sign, while the endearing ambient tunes of the final "62,000 Valentines" have been dedicated to Tab Hunter, who received such a great number of Valentine's Day cards after the tabloid magazine Confidential picked on that talented young actor for his sexual orientation. Besides the firmament of (sometimes slightly ironic) references, the learned dosages of diluted sounds by Richard Chartier are going to provide a really immersive listening experience.

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