[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.

[SOUL002] Ztrl – Soul two

soul002Artists & Title: Ztrl – Soul two
Label: soul.on records
Catalog#: 
SOUL002
Format: 
12″ Vinyl
Country: Moscow
Released: 2013

Tracklist:

Credits:
The second release of soul.on records and first EP release of Ztrl with remix from Laurine Frost. Hypnotic and ethnic sounds of techno, minimal and experimental. 180 gram, Vinyl only release, limited copies; It is the second part of Seven Souls

Soul.On Records

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[PNR003] Pluie/Noir – Year One Compilation

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Artists & Title:
 Pluie/Noir – Year One Compilation
Label: 
Pluie/Noir
Catalogue#: 
PNR003
Date:
 
2013
Format: 
3x 12″ Vinyl
Country: 
Lisboa

Tracklist:











Credits:
“There is certainly no shortage of independent record labels today, each promising to deliver their own unique brand dance music, but few truly stand out like Portugal’s Pluie/Noir. In a definitive first year it has released two exceptional EPs from Petre Inspirescu and Vlad Caia, endorsed numerous acclaimed Podcasts and served as the platform for various artistic endeavors. To commemorate this achievement, a hefty 12 track compilation spread across three 12”s will be released, showcasing the various sounds that personify the imprint.

The narrative to the compilation reflects Pluie/Noir’s minimalistic musical template. Each track is a concise exploration of house music’s skeleton, leaving nothing to waste but never feeling in slightest bit sterile. Neither is the compilation monotonous: at times it’s surprising and unpredictable, but in an organized, artistic manner. Three Angel’s ‘Hor-Ma’ (A1) progresses subtly, shaped by soft bumps and clicks. It’s welcoming, cleverly paving the way for the rest the compilation to interact. The now familiar Radiq follows with a typically eccentric addition, ‘Goodbye South Goodbye’ (A2). Characterised by its splintered hybridization microhouse and ambient techno, it’s certainly a head turner. Pluie/Noir founder Cleymoore contributes with ‘Starpauseflash’, a sleek and delicate number that uses looped keys and syncopated percussion to create something thought provoking. ‘New Way’ by Ztrl (B2) follows in this vein, the funky, tripped-out pattering of percussion and dreamy keynotes are spread out across a remarkably stripped-back rhythmic blueprint. Vlad Caia’s ‘Subject 238’ (C1) represents the taste of Romania that has been so inspirational to Pluie/Noir. It’s simple, clean and devastatingly effective. Diogo’s delightfully named ‘Insecuriosity’ (C1) is an impudent tapestry of sounds, rich with idiosyncratic sampling and impulsivity, reminiscent of early Perlon. This evocation is carried over to Dr. Nojoke’s alluring ‘Awrani’ (D1), which again exposes its very delicate compositional layers by draining everything from its low-end. It’s a divine afterhours groove that ripples and shakes in all the right places.

French-born, London-based Seuil changes gear with ‘Prelude’ (D2), which draws from the same diverse sonic palate as those before him on the compilation but works from a noticeably more solid 4/4 foundation. Albert Schwartz’s ‘11aa99’ (E1) introduces the compilation’s first use of vocals- the deep, soulful American lyrics work alchemically with the shuffling house beat. ‘An Apple Pie a Day’ by Andres Marcos (E2) is another percussive session, but the experimental Pluie/Noir touches keep the piece alive. The penultimate ‘White Steps’ by Levat (F1) is gorgeous slice of microhouse, lean and groovy, the vocal slivers adding a little Melchior to the mix, before the compilation closes with S.A.M’s ‘You’re Gonna Be Okay’ (F2), another outing of enigmatic, stripped-back house.

Elegantly presented in gatefold format, this highly collectable release reflects on a successful first year for Pluie/Noir while also signifying a very promising future. A canon of DJ delights on one hand, it’s also wonderfully applicable in the home setting, ensuring its practical longevity and status as a musical treasure for a long time to come.”

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