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James Place
Living On Superstition

James Place — Living On Superstition (February 24, 2015)

              James Place — Living On SuperstitionJames Place — Living On Superstition
λ   James Place má dva referenční body: paletu klidných, emocionálních zvuků, odrážejících skladby raných experimentů jak elektronické hudby, stejně jako další moderní styly hauntologického průzkumu. Zajímavá pátračka, při které mi je stejně dobře, jako v 60´při doteku dřevěné vrtulové pračky, ach, ty vibrace! Tento mix je pomyslným zrcadlem, přes které se frajer dívá na svět — to je jako kdyby jsme vstoupili do dávno zapomenutého podkroví. Je to jeho druhá nexus inspirace.
λ   Living On Superstition je v konečném důsledku sbírka půlnočního materiálu, pořízeného ve věžáku na Manhattanu, který kupodivu připomínal víc vězení než byt.
λ   Umor Rex has been release the debut album from the Opal Tapes affiliate later in February.
Location: New York City, NY
Album release: February 24, 2015
Record Label: Umor Rex / Thrill Jockey
Duration:     40:04
01. Another Mourning In America     4:28
02. High Rise (Rainier)     7:06
03. Sadie's Tears     2:07
04. Simmered And Brewed     6:26
05. Overcast And Burned     3:13
06. Sense Of An Ending     3:38
07. Lyra's Grin     7:09
08. Behind Windows     7:57
λ   Recorded & produced by Phil Tortoroli
λ   Mastered by M. Geddes Gengras
λ   Design & layout by Daniel Castrejon
λ   Cover photographs by Diego Berruecos
λ   Insert photograph by Paul Harland–White
λ   Living on Superstition by James Place (Umor Rex, UR077 — 2015)
LP limited to 300 copies pressed on white vinyl. Packaged in an uncoated stock jacket with double sided insert, black polylined inner sleeve, and free download coupon.
λ   Living on Superstition is the debut LP from New York native Phil Tortoroli a.k.a. James Place. After his initial cassette release An Entire Matchbook A Night (Opal Tapes) in 2014, James Place returns with a harrowing, meditative record of candle–lit rhythms and frost–laden ambience. The album was composed using an intricate collection of analog equipment, including the TR–606, Casio SK–1, SP1200, and a multitude of vinyl and tape–based samples, and mastered by M. Geddes Gengras.
λ   James Place has two points of reference: a palette of quiet, emotional sounds that reflects compositions from both electronic music’s early experiments as well as a more contemporary style of hauntological exploration. This blend offers a mirror with which to view the world through — it’s as if we’ve stepped into the long–forgotten attic. It is his second nexus of inspiration with which Living on Superstition does not bear an allusion to a defined era. Engaging in a bacchanal waltz with deeply–contemplative ambience, the album is peppered with an array of street recordings that create overlapping folds of sound out of everyday vignettes. Intonations of the aquatic environs of Panabrite and Robert Turman inform parts of the album, in addition to extended passages of primitive techno seemingly influenced by the early releases of Juan Mendez’s Silent Servant project.
λ   Living on Superstition is ultimately a collection of midnight material recorded in a Manhattan high rise that, curiously, resembled a prison more so than an apartment. λ   With the 13th floor actually marked as the 14th, an urgent disgust with the opulence of this rapidly gentrifying city is evident as a never–ending parade of brazenly destitute drunks and high–heeled clowns shriek with shallow delight from the streets below. If one listens closely, fragments of that insipid hedonism so common to today’s American dream can be heard seeping into the recordings of James Place throughout his waking dream of an album.
Label: :: http://thrilljockey.com/
Bandcamp: http://umorrex.bandcamp.com/album/living-on-superstition
Label: http://www.umor-rex.org/
Soundcloud label: https://soundcloud.com/umor
λ   After several tape releases last month, the first vinyl issue of 2015 from Daniel Castrejón’s Umor Rex finds the Mexico City label welcoming a new name into the fold in the shape of James Place, the music making alias of Styles Upon Styles co–founder Phil Tortoroli (pictured above). The New Yorker first surfaced under the name James Place last year with An Entire Matchbook A Night, a cassette of ghostly minimalist electronics issued by Teeside’s Opal Tapes and will now issue his debut album through Umor Rex.
λ   Due for release later this month, Living on Superstition is described by the label as a “harrowing, meditative record of candle–lit rhythms and frost-laden ambience”. Recorded at night in the artist’s Manhattan high rise, the eight–track album was made using an array of analogue equipment and is said to feature a healthy amount of field recordings taken whilst Tortoroli was walking the streets of New York. Both early Silent Servant and noted US noise musician Robert Turman are offered as possible influences for Living on Superstition with the frosted album track “High Rise (Rainier)” available to stream below offering a good idea of what to expect. :: https://www.hmxradio.com/

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