[PNEM01] V.A. – Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol I / II

pnArtists: S.A.M. , Bonjour Bonsoir, IVVVO, Evano, Yoshihiro Hanno, Ñenado, ReBack, Kashawar, Placid Strait, Max Binski, Marc Lohr, The Marx Trukker, Rack, Marc Neyen, Social System, Diogo, Sinoda Invers,  Tom Ellis, Ztrl, Anomali
Title:
 Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol I / II
Label: 
Pluie/Noir
Catalogue#: 
PNEM01
Date:
 
2014
Format: 
Cassette
Country: 
Lisboa

Tracklist – Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol I:

Tracklist – Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol II:

Credits:
[PNEM01B] Various Artists
Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol. II
Compilation (50copies, cassette only)

Mastered by Pheek
Artwork & Design by Vitrio
Duplicated at Duplication.Ca
Manufactured & Distributed by Pluie/Noir
Mixed and Compiled by Cleymoore

Pluie Noir Experimental Media
Est. Release Date: April 2014

Total creativity is something not many artists in the frame of electronic music or graphical art can claim to possess. Confined by what their gear can accomplish, the demand to keep developing new sonic formulas is often a thankless task. So what happens when the mind actually controls the machines (or digital mediums), rather than the reverse?

The entire compilation was graphicaly translated with visual acuity by Vitrio in forms and shapes of limitless interpretations. Like any flexible, innovative mind, the cassette format provides an opportunity for the music to evolve with the listener, morphing with each listen. Like a new pair of jeans, the listener ‘wears’ this in, eventually absorbing something truly unique and personal, albeit ephemeral.
Includes immediate download of 10-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app

Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol I:

The ten artists commissioned by Pluie/Noir to construct Volume 1 of ‘Thoughts on Sight and Sound’, the debut release of the label’s side-project Experimental Media, were faced with a complex but endlessly rewarding assignment: “Let us hear your thoughts”. These thoughts can be whatever you want them to mean, whether it’s in the heavy reverb of S.A.M’s ‘Feed Music’ or the shadowy post-rave-ish beat that emerges in IVVVO’s ‘All My Dreams’, this is sound architecture at its most intimate.
In the same way we as humans comprehend language on an unexplainable contingency of semantics, there is no necessary truth to the compositional components in Thoughts on Sight and Sound. Bonjour Bonsoir’s ‘Mr Braun’ plays with your mind in a long yet morphing loop, a game of tension and release that ends up just as rewarding as it is soul-lifting. Evano’s ‘Maqam’ is built solely on two layers of spectral paradoxes, leaving the listener stuck between the fragile harmonics of a traditional harp and the harsh randomness of analog modular beats. As we hear Yoshihiro Hanno’s ‘Pi​.​.​.​Ani​+​No’, it is at first gibberish. There is no symphonic organization, no tangible rhythm no matter how abstracted. It’s awkward and uncomfortable, but there comes a moment of epiphany… an epiphany where you are suddenly released from a prison of doubt.
Ñenado’s ‘Sarva’ and ReBack’s ‘Horto’ are both mid-orgasmic moments of peacefull bliss. They work together as aching and ethereal, indexical to nature and human experience, but they’re over before you feel they have started. The emotional plunge is cushioned by Kashawar’s insomniac ‘I’m so tired I can’t sleep’, an itchy tapestry of keys and kicks that recalls those endless nights spent wrestling with psychological exhaustion… and losing.
Placid Strait and Max Binski close the experience with two long and challenging compositions. A spectre of a beat (heavily delayed in ‘Snake Eyes’) differentiates them from much of the rest of the tape, but it’s a maze of futuristic zaps, microscopic-synthesizing and crunchy sampling that confuses as much as it captivates.

 Thoughts on Sight and Sound Vol II:
The ten artists commissioned by Pluie/Noir to construct Volume 2 of ‘Thoughts on Sight and Sound’, the second volume of the debut release of the label’s side-project Experimental Media, were faced with a complex but endlessly rewarding assignment: “Let us hear your thoughts”.
From in-house artists under secret alias to new guests, Vol. 2 follows the same path of sonic experimentalism with no strings attached.

[PNR004] The Marx Trukker – Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges

pn004Artists & Title: The Marx Trukker – Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges
Label: 
Pluie/Noir
Catalogue#: 
PNR004
Date:
 
2014
Format: 
2 x 12″ Vinyl
Country: 
Lisboa

Tracklist:

Credits:
“Having delivered two outstanding EPs and a landmark triple compilation, Portugal’s Pluie/Noir now returns with its first full-length album.
Assigned with the enviable task is enigmatic German producer The Marx Trukker, who has thus far kept us on our toes with a string of high-quality EPs on a handful of respected independent imprints. With a natural affinity for experimental soundscapes that challenge dancefloors, Pluie/Noir offers the perfect platform for him to really express himself.
As much a palette of textures as it is a dance-focused collection of tracks, Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges is a kaleidoscopic and utterly transfixing listen all the way through. The very first track, “Alongside ashortside” (A1) is infused with the sort of jazzy, impulsive flavours that are part of the album – and the label’s – DNA.
But the tempos ebb and flow, at times withdrawing all intensity (“The Gin Bay Hoss Ballad” (A2)), before cascading into tightly compressed microhouse rhythms (“A Kind Shaped Mind” (A3)) and other more expansive 4×4 examinations: “Couldn’t see too clear for edges (Second Movement)” (C1); “As Rivers Stand” (C2).
Regardless of the occasionally dramatic shifts, the album never once loses its focus. “Minor Belongings” (C3) is arguably the album’s finest creation in terms of a true artistic indulgence. Dreamy and deeply absorbing, it feeds into the album’s powerful finale, “Blaue Drift” (D1), which is one of the more aggressive works on show here.
As we’ve come to expect, Pluie/Noir again challenges what can be achieved within the parameters of dance music by empowering its carefully selected repertoire of artists. As standard, the album will come as a limited pressing with beautiful sleeve artwork, ensuring this is as collectible as it is listenable.”

Written & Produced by The Marx Trukker
Mastered by Stefan Betke at Scape Mastering, Berlin
Artwork by Jav Arshad
Design by Max Binski
Manufactured by Pallas Group.
Distributed by DD Distribution.
Limited pressings.