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Instrumental Tourist

Format: gatefold LP + CD
Cat: SFT0 176ILP
Released: 22 Nov 12
Genre: Ambient/Drone
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Tracklist
Side 1
1. "Uptown Psychedelia"
2. "Scene From A French Zoo"
3. "Vaccination (For Thomas Mann)"
Side 2
1. "Intrusions"
2. "Whole Earth Tascam"
3. "GRM Blue I"
4. "GRM Blue II"
Side 3
1. "Racist Drone"
2. "Grey Geisha"
Side 4
1. "Instrumental Tourist"
2. "Ritual For Consumption"
3. "Vaccination No 2"
Side 5
1. "Uptown Psychedelia"
2. "Scene From A French Zoo"
3. "Vaccination (For Thomas Mann)"
4. "Intrusions"
5. "Whole Earth Tascam"
6. "GRM Blue I"
7. "GRM Blue II"
8. "Racist Drone"
9. "Grey Geisha"
10. "Instrumental Tourist"
11. "Ritual For Consumption"
12. "Vaccination No 2"
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Review

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin are both well known for their intricate, neo-classical drones. The former has released one of the best experimental albums of the last five years, the enchanting Ravedeath, 1972 while the latter goes by the name of Oneohtrix Point Never, an alias which has resulted in the formidable Replica LP. Both artists are meticulous experimenters of sound, and although the LP opens with the relatively gentle "Uptown Psychedelia", a winding collection of synths being disrupted by chaotic explosions, it's quickly dismantled by more apocalyptic pieces such as "Instrusions" and "GRM Blue II", where the duo carefully place the tranquillity of soft pads next to the doom of lurid feedback noises. But it's the long and continuously evolving sounds of tracks like "Racist Drones" and "Grey Geisha" that shine through most brightly, and the title track "Instrumental Tourist" is a carefully detailed mutation of timbres and atmospherics. This is the mature side of noise and drone, shifting Hecker and Lopatin into deeper, more treacherous waters but still retaining a strong musical foothold, and is exactly the sort of thing we want to see from these two great talents.

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