Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Vernon LeNoir – Balkan Spezialitaeten (2006)

  • Sampledelic 
  • Electronic music 
  • World music 
  • Alternative 
  • Conceptual
  • Plunderphonics 
  • Sound collage 
  • Avant-garde

Comment: these 20 minutes are as diversified and manifold as the chart of the Balkan peninsula used to be in front of our eyes at the globe. Indeed, in English the word "balkanization" refers to something hostile and excessively divided. In the context of this issue the meaning of the word would be exploited positively. It is based on samples being either adjusted with each other or superimposed upon. Musically it contains mainly the vivid rhythms of Gypsy music though one can hear Slavic languages and hints at them either. Indeed, the outing is not arbitrarily lopsided. There are also represented spoken word snippets in English and...ABBA additionally. Those light-hearted upper layers and predominant motifs are backed up by thudding basses beneath. In a nutshell, the artist gets right to create a carnival-alike milieu throughout the course. By kindred souls it reminds me of a little bit Russian projects Messer Chups, and Messer Für Frau Müller by its exuberant madness. By artistic side the inspiration for LeNoir were the poetry of Igor Dithyrambescu and the surreal interpretations of Tizian paintings by Anushka Hamedalidbegovic. The issue is a part of the discography of WM Recordings.
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