back in stock as of
july 31st, 2013
first in stock on
september 20th, 2011
|digitalis vinyl (usa) #digiv010 lp|
charlatan “triangles” long playing record
- lime beauty
- faint blue outlines
- vodka rocks
- swimming pool summer nights
|july 2011 release ; ... believe is the first vinyl outing from brad rose’ charlatan project ...|
opens with a tune that wouldn’t be out of place on a city centre offices compilation from 2000 (listen to the sound-sample), continues in a more beat-less vein over 6 extended tracks ... some of my favorite of brad’s recent work, actually ; but then again i can already hear the looming idm revival on the horizon ...
|digitalis vinyl press release...|
|digiv010: charlatan "triangles" lp|
there's something almost religious about the newest charlatan lp, its narrative arc swinging from light to dark and back again. from the opening chords of “lime beauty,” it's tropicalia paradise, awash in polarized-lens glinting twilight, fluorescent skies over the water. “trace blue outlines” is trancelike and reflective, with long arpeggiated figures chasing each other skyward in a fugue. darkness creeps in around the edges of “vodka rocks,” with almost post-rock moodiness bringing the side to a close.
"traces" opens the b-side and is a breakout track. with dark depeche mode-style synth textures and plenty warped dissonance, it has almost an altar eagle vibe, but things get darker, deeper, and more personal as multilayered melodic lines close in on the loping drum track. this is the kind of song you don't want to end, and wonder if you can set lyrics to. after "foxes" provides the perfect interlude with classic charlatan synth tones on a masterfully layered canvas, closer “swimming pool summer nights” is just as staggering. its slow drum pattern echoes early cluster experiments as blissed-out synths and even birdlike squawks pass through its celestial gates. as time goes on, it yields into what could almost pass for some kind of acceptance, embracing the darkness that came before it.
more than any before it, this is an extremely emotional charlatan record? majestic, reflective, yearning for something like transcendence. even though it's richly layered, it's not gauzy. there is nothing dreamy or half-remembered about these pieces. they are sharp, fresh as wounds. this record puts charlatan on a seriously high plane for anyone exploring these tones, textures, or emotions.
mastered by john. p. twells at seventh door with original cover illustration by caroline teagle.