Sunday, February 21, 2021

Palo Alto - Difference And Repetition: A Musical Evocation Of Gilles Deleuze [Sub Rosa 484]

Released only recently via the long standing imprint that is Sub Rosa is "Difference And Repetiton: A Musical Evocation Of Gilles Deleuze", the tenth full length album by experimental / avantgarde music project Palo Alto in their more than 30 years spanning career since they put out their very first cassette album on the label Old Europa Cafe back in 1990. Collaborating with the likes of Richard Pinhas, Thierry Zaboitzeff, Alain Damasio and Rhys Chatham which each play a role in one of the four parts on this 73 minutes spanning piece, starting with the extended ChillOut - think: Future Sound Of London - meets Psychedelic Rock guitar solo groover "The Tears Of Nietzsche" which should become an instant ChillOut room classic if these still existed in clubs today. The subsequent "Rhizome" explores minimal, droning Ambient territories as a backing for swampy, partially decaying sound warps, ancient melodies and slow, fever'ish, ritualistic drums paired with Dub-infused bass notes for those who appreciate classic works of producers like TV Victor whereas the triple set referred to as "Triptych" mainly focuses on Spoken Word and spiralling, intense, siren'esque sound crescendoes before the concluding title cut "Difference Et Repetition" explores what might be recognized as hypnotic and dubbed out, ethereally floating, ritualistic AmbientTrance for fans of Loop Guru or Technova if one wants to come up with a new, highly specific subset of electronic music. Excellent stuff. Check.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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