Sunday, June 03, 2018

Christopher Chaplin - Paradise Lost [Fabrique Records 063]

To be released via Fabrique Records on June 15th, 2k18 is "Paradise Lost", the sophomore album by Christopher Chaplin following up to his 2016 debut "Je Suis Le Tenebreux". Inspired by the poetic work of author John Milton and teaming up with Nathan Vale and Leslie Winer for vocal support we see the album on a path towards transferring experimental music into a chamber music setting within three long pieces, starting out with the 19 minutes spanning "I Dread" which combines brooding UnAmbient with elements of Modern Classical and Art Music, incorporating an array of short string tones, nervously plucked strings as well as intense vocals evoking memories of modern opera and epic choir sequences. Following up is "Dave The Shoe", weighing in 17 minutes of a well psychedelic Spoken Word vibe, partly reminiscent of Lydia Launch at her very darkest, meeting more string melancholia and a swampy Modular Ambient approach, before the final cut "Of This New World" closes on a more ethereal and ruminant note, whilst still being on a serious art music / new opera tip for all those looking for things well outside their usual realm of experimental electronics.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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