On his debut Anumi Pause EP, enigmatic French keyboard prodigy Basile (formerly known as Prince Jean) offers a raw, mercurial take on jazz, synthesizers, and club music in the Information Age.
Transversing the intersections of spacey ambient collage and boom-and-blip contemporary avant sound system culture, Basile creates sonic narratives of fracture and unity that climax in aural totalities somehow both worldly and otherworldly.
Anumi Pause is a sober psychedelic adventure through the full spectrum of recorded sound. The gaseous flowering arpeggiations of ‘Stonic Visions’ provide cloud cover for cut up streams of glassy HD ultrasound until reckoning sub blasts and a crystal snare-bell crack solicit mandatory head nods on the ground level. ‘Dehors’ follows like a smashed-and-glued DVD nature documentary about a fantastic, vibrant world whose colorful flora and fauna exist by laws of nature entirely other than our own.
‘Moment 500’ and ‘Lost Minds’ announce themselves as dance tracks at their core, but their unpredictable structures and baroque, evolving sound palettes betray a rare musical category, carrying forward the journey-like momentum of the album as a whole.
Winding in and out of Basile’s imaginary landscapes, running through mazes of densely foliated white noise jungles and humid canyons of organ chords, one cannot but see colors. The closing warped piano serenade of ‘Souvenirs’ seals Anumi Pause like a treasured memory, a compelling tale, a lucid dream.
released 25 November 2014
Original music produced, written and recorded by Basile.
Artwork by Basile and Paul Jones.
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