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ARTIST
TITLE
Oublier
FORMAT
LP+CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MTS 005LP MTS 005LP
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RELEASE DATE
2/5/2016

LP version. Includes CD. 2015 release. Geins't Naït and Laurent Petitgand's Oublier follows their 2014 Je vous dis album, which inaugurated the Mind Travels series on Ici d'Ailleurs -- a collection dedicated to ambient, industrial, and classical-influenced music. Geins't Naït and Laurent Petitgand exemplify the particular vision of the series, with a backroads music that's often unusual, always poignant, and underappreciated. Oublier is the finest illustration of that vision to date. Geins't Naït creates industrial collages in a similar vein to the early work of Einstürzende Neubauten or Throbbing Gristle, while Laurent Petitgand is best known for his many contributions to the films of Wim Wenders, including 2014's The Salt of the Earth, which won three awards at the 2014 Cannes film festival. These two seemingly disparate artists are united here by their desire to escape from all generally accepted standards of creativity. Regarding Oublier, one could pick out Laurent Petitgand's magnificent melodies or Geins't Naït's haunting, hypnotic dynamics of loops and manipulated samples, but it is ultimately up the listeners to find their own meaning and experience -- because one of Oublier's central qualities is that it situates listeners at the center of its universe so effectively and to such an extent that they actually become participants. Some will perceive a heightened melancholy, even a form of despair. Others will be seduced by the work's evident beauty and warmth. Whatever the case, its non-linearity favors total immersion and sometimes -- in the more intense moments -- totally letting go.