Pierre Bastien Pop
- Words: Dave Segal
- Label: Rephlex
Fifty-two-year-old composer/inventor Pierre Bastien wrenches sublime sounds out of automatons built from Meccano parts and catalyzed by electro-motors. He then arranges them into orchestras for highbrow dance troupes and adventurous home listeners. Bastien‘s m.o. on Pop is charmingly warped jazz exotica, like Matthew Herbert remixing a Raymond Scott/Martin Denny collaboration. Most of the tracks possess Herbert‘s knack for mantra-like rhythms, oddly busy percussion, and proto-electronic explorations through inner space. Pop‘s gently unhinged miniatures wouldn‘t sound out of place scoring Jan Svankmajer‘s grotesque, surreal animations.
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