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@C & Vitor Joaquim - De-Tour [Feld-Records - 2007]

De – tour is a jittering, dense, disorientating and often terrifying album with  moments of drifting alien and looped beauty. Falling some where between improvising, jazz, electronica, modern classical, noise, drone textures, oily cinematics- this is a complex and head rushing experience.

The album built around live improvisations by @c (Miguel Carvalhais and Pedro Tudela) and Vitor Joaquim which they have taken elements and textures from these recordings to build the dense sometimes musically sometimes not Musically  patchwork of sound worlds. In all on offer are six track total 42 minutes- the album starts off in a  disorientating and head melting manner with the title track as a collage of strange clicking, settling and crunching, scribbling sounds enters. The tension and atmosphere  is slowly  built up with layers of sound, weird looped electro alien chatter, organ drone, melted horn tones & jittering nervous electronics. The sound scape surfing between  being hectic and more stripped down but  always very tense & enclosing, like having one heads  stuck tight inside a box and  your hands are tied behind your back, leaving you trying to figure out the strange surreal and ugly world you been dropped into purely with your hearing. The whole album followers in a similar   disturbed and schizophrenic manner with only the last track  Köln moving more towards expansive sun hazed  audio landscapes. The tracks lined with more easy beat  patterns and ambient synth horizons,  though later on a hypnotic tapestry of sawing,bowing and droning string and horn elements is built up, giving the feeling you could just slip into the audio landscape once and for all – like a figure slowly disappearing over a heat hazed desert scape

A  both difficult, frighting yet invigorating & wondefull audio experience. It's all packaged in the distinctive Screen printed cardboard box packaging of all the Feld Labels releasers.

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Roger Batty
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