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ARTIST
TITLE
Heavy Maple
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MELO 061LP MELO 061LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/21/2009

LP version. This is the debut full-length release from Rec.tangle aka Brighton-based, France-born Adrien Rodes. A lush, dream-like, instrumental whirl, it's the first flowering of a major talent, and the new incarnation of the artist formerly known as Topo Gigio. Recorded with Adrien playing almost all of the parts, the album sees Adrien move away from his sample-heavy origins to instrumental music. '70s synthesizers, acoustic guitars, acoustic and electric pianos, percussion, organs, sitar, zither and harp-like instruments were all crammed into the 8-foot square recording space that Adrien shares with Stereolab/Junior Electronics' Joe Watson and Baikonour's Jean-Emmanuel Krieger in pursuit of the album's full sound. Rodes has arranged silvery layer after silvery layer of sound, one right on top of the other to compose a heady, diverse, and profoundly strange chimera. The bits that weren't played by Adrien were largely a family affair. Adrien's brother Etienne played guitar, and his sister-in-law Marie did the vocal harmonies. Classically-trained drummer Alex Eberhard supplied the beats and, in Adrien's words, "sexed up my fascist drum programming." However it was constructed, Heavy Maple is wondrously indescribable. It sounds like some sort of Krautrock/prog opus, or the soundtrack to a late night documentary on sea turtles, or the accompanying music to some fantastic museum tour of a completely different planet that has an atmosphere of swirling colors and inhabitants with reflective skin. This is meditation music for extra-terrestrials.