Palestine/Coulter/Mathoul CD review [Young God]

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Palestine/Coulter/Mathoul CD review [Young God]
Nov 1, 2002, 16:50


A very quiet, very patient series of minimalist compositions—originally by Charlemagne Palestine, and here “remixed” by David Coulter and Jean Marie Mathoul—which seem to subtly affect the air about one's body more than actually impacting the eardrums. Gradually shifting, sometimes almost subauditory hums (from synthesizers, organs, and whirly tubes alike) float in the atmosphere like the shivering electricity one feels when treading underneath massive power lines. A few ghostly vocal samples flit about here or there. Perhaps a small percussive scrap will loop its way through. And miscellaneous clacks, clicks, drips, and whispers accent the ambience. Certainly, Maximin is not an album for inattentive listeners; like the most abstract and mathematical paintings (e.g., Rothko), it makes no obvious statements, no screaming demands for attention, leaving the bulk of interpretation (and possibility for emotional gratification) to the observer. In any case, this ranks among the rare—if not only—albums released this past year which credits such atypical instrumentation as “glue” and “llamas' toenails” in addition to such high-tech items as a Korg 05R/W synth module. [Young God]

-J Graham

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