Philippe Laurent – Phoenix (Vinyl 12” – Peripheral Minimal)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, minimal-electro.
Background/Info: Philippe Laurent belongs to the early French electronic & experimental school. This pioneer was mainly active during the 80s. Some of his work and rare tracks got re-released during the past few years. This vinyl reveals 2 new cuts plus one ‘early’, unreleased tracks from 1982.
Content: No doubt about it, Philippe Laurent is an artist from the 80s. His typical experimental- and minimal electronic sonorities will directly bring you back to the early days of electronics. It’s totally vintage like and the vocals also remind the typical production of the past. The new cuts feel like they were composed more than 30 years ago and still have this analog magic.
The extra cut on the B-side sounds like featuring different parts, but remains faithful to the sound of the artist. It’s dreamier- and even a bit pop-like while driven by a slow cadence.
+ + + : If you like the unique, vintage like sounds of early synthesizers, “Phoenix” will definitely satisfy your expectations. The new tracks don’t sound like they were composed today and are in the truest 80s spirit. I like this vintage sound, which will probably remind other and maybe more famous pioneers. The vinyl format reinforces the original taste of minimal-electronics. This vinyl is strictly limited, which will make it only more interesting for all lovers of this kind of sonic sensation.
– – – : “Phoenix” remains pretty experimental, which means that it’s not always the easiest electronic format to listen to. It first of all is a work that will appeal for the fans of this artist and other lovers of minimal electro experiences.
Conclusion: Even new work of Philippe Laurent has this particular vintage touch, which made this artist famous. This kind of music is that much more creative than contemporary productions made of predictable songs and structures.
Best songs: “Expostion 4”, “Phoenix”.
Label: www.peripheralminimal.co.uk / www.facebook.com/PeripheralMinimal
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