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Artist: MASIN, GIGI/CHARLES HAYWARD
Title: Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2
Format: LP
Label: Modern Classics
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
Housed in a Stoughton, "tip-on" jacket; First ever vinyl reissue. "Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgiums Sub Rosa label in 1989, Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2 is a split LP on which Masins eight tracks occupy side A and Charles Haywards long-form piece (at 21 minutes long), Thames Water Authority, occupies side B. Geography may have separated the two artists, who each recorded their pieces in isolation from the other, but theres a commonality to their approach. Previously, Masin had released the inspired 1986 album Wind (BAR 003-015LP), while Haywards music had long been influenced by the landscape and society of London and the UK. For this album, the label challenged the two musicians to write about the waterways of their respective cities, Venice and London. For Masin, that meant describing the human interactions related to the Italian citys famous landmarks. Places, faces, memories... thats what most of the people love to find when they travel to Venice - some kind of magic thats deep in the city, he writes in the new liner notes accompanying this new re-release. For Hayward, it meant describing the physicality of water, the densities and energies as he puts it, and the politics of it too. Writes Hayward: Water was being privatized at the time, the profit margin had been factored in, cost-cutting was implicit, people were being poisoned. Water was a political thing; it still is." Dive in. Track notes by Gigi Masin and Charles Hayward; Restored and remastered audio; Features the Masin track Clouds as sampled by To Rococo Rot and Björk." - Modern Classics.

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