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  • Release Date 2017-01-27
  • Label Bureau B 1
  • Catalog BB249
This is music that demands and deserves our attention. (The Quietus)Richard Pinhas recorded seven influential albums as the leader of French spacerock pioneers Heldon in the 70swith a further five solo records before his sixyear break from music in 1982. Since returning to the form in the 90she has been prolific collaborating with such luminaries as Merzbow Yoshida Tatsuya Oren Ambarchi BarryCleveland and Wolf Eyes.Changes in my life really influenced this record Richard Pinhas tells of his new album Reverse. He speaks withgood humor of its serious beginnings. The wife of a friend of mine offered to read my Tarot cards. Id never done itbefore and jokingly I agreed because I was curious. And I had the worst reading possible. I dont believe in it I amvery materialist not financially but in my philosophy so it was very strange that in the year that followed I lost mytwo parents broke up with my girlfriend lost my flat and moved to Nantes. So the album was done in thisconfusion in this chaotic state of having lost all these things.Reverses dark experimental noise and long repetitive tracks have an intimidating first impression. But listening tothe whole 50 minutes leaves one feeling purified. Pinhas even says this album fixed and resurrected him. Theoriginal title was @Last because it was going to be my last album. But as I got better I said well well reversehe laughs. It was a healing process for me to make this album. To get rid of all the negativity that occupied mybrain. But that is all behind me now.The main process of the album production was one of construction of Pinhas and Oren Ambarchi (guitars dronz)forming the skeleton. After the initial sessions in Paris they threw out everything except their own parts and thenstarted searching for the right parts. Not a drummer but the drummer not a bass guitarist but the bass guitarist.Enlisting the talents of Arthur Narcy (drums) Florian Tatar (bass) along with Masami Akita (analog synths recordedin Tokyo) son Duncan NilsonPinhas (digital synths) and William Winant (percussion recorded in Oakland CAUSA) Pinhas comments there is a great lineup on this record.Remarkably wellread on a variety of subjects and with a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Sorbonne Pinhas has akeen interest in Kabbalah. Here too on Reverse the songs and fantastic cover art by Yann LeGendre reflect this.Ketter is an unknowable realm and the music reflects this. We catch traces of elements traversing the spectrumwhile the whole retains its own mystery. Pinhas immediately recognizable tone is tempered by Narcys uniquedrumming style building the piece according at his own pace. And Nefesh is the first level of the soul. The trackspercolating sounds depicting such a pneumatic birth. All the important things in my life inspire me whether it beNietzsche Jimi Hendrix or Kabbalah theyre all there every day. End reflects the reverse of the album title assounds double back in on themselves whilst Narcy frantic on the cymbals pounds the drums themselves withmilitary precision. And album closer V2 brings to mind both Thomas Pynchons Gravitys Rainbow and DavidBowie Pinhas being a big fan of both. Its music sounding like the aftermath of an enormous futuristic electricalmalfunction still lingering over a vast cityscape.Pinhas does seem to have reversed whatever negativity came his way at the albums beginnings and the futurelooks bright. October 2016 saw a successful tour of America with soldout shows in New York Houston and Austin(that was incredible it was my first time playing in the South too.) And Reverse is his first album for the Bureau Blabel. Six months ago I had my cards read again and all the cards were the best cards possible.
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