It’s been a little while since I’ve been digging around London, but last week an impromptu visit to Brick Lane and noticing Rough Trade East’s 75% summer sale were good enough reasons for me to have a little gander.
It’s not somewhere I’ve ever had much luck and fearing a repeat performance I somehow found myself flicking through Rough Trade’s own released material: an electric mix of artists including (but by no means limited to) Moby, Depeche Mode, The Smith. But it was a seven year old record I found from German minimalist Pantha du Prince that really peaked my interest.
Turns out V Versions of Black Noise is a Rough Trade released compilation and rework of PdP’s 2010 album Black Noise. It also turns out I had stumbled across a few track from Black Noise just a few days previously.
The stand out track from the original for me was Welt Am Draht. Hypnotic, dreamy and with smatterings of Sigur Rós-esque picks and bells, it instantly caught and held my attention. It’s an almost ecclesiastical or monasterial vibe.
Enter Animal Collective. They’ve taken things to a whole new level, including deep, reverbed, at-times-barely-comprehendible Gregorian-ish vocals and ritualistic, organic kick drums to the party. The bells still ring and the delicacy of the original is still there, you just sit a little less easy (and your foot taps a little heavier). The last 90 seconds of the track sees the previous crescendo all fall in on itself for a disorientating - but perfectly fitting - finish. You can check there edit of the track here.
Apparently I’m a big fan of churchy, folky ambient… and who knows, we might even have space to squeeze a version of the track into our upcoming night at BRET Bar!
See you on Friday! Check the FB event page here.
Mucho luvos, from Andy x