It’s an exquisite feeling, to taste the truth, to let it wrap you completely, to feel it’s ecstatic warmth, to let it ripple through you, to let you feel life with every breath, as if day and night are colliding, and sparks exploding, and the sky turning deep red, and night falls like a blanket, and the wind is a soft whisper, and the dune grass are like blades, piercing blackness.
Ensemble Economique is Brian Pyle of Starving Weirdos and RV Paintings. His solo project (hence the slightly ironic moniker) has previously released a CD on Digitalis in 2008 and two recent LP’s on Amish and Not Not Fun Records. His music is highly narrative and cinematic mixing synth loops and electronic rhythms with epic organic structures.
Muted drum machines, plastic-coated FM synthesizers and the kind of pedal reverbs you only find in Guitar Center for ten bucks are repurposed without even a hint of the kind of hypnagogic fetishism popularized by James Ferraro et al. Rather Pyle’s sounds become even more eerie for their strange familiarity, and like the suburban setting of Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ you have the sense of something ominous hiding behind the preset brass stabs and marching band rhythms.
Ensemble Economique | In A Weightless Night
Rather than take the hypnagogic routes of regurgitating the half-digested remains of 1980s chart fodder or re-routing the beatific chime of New Age, EE luxuriates in the kind of synthetic seepage associated with the pulp soundtracks of the 70s. On his first releases his foreboding tones evoked acknowledged pioneers John Carpenter and Claudio Simonetti as well as more obscure figures like Nico Fidenco, composer of the shockingly fresh-sounding score adorning Marino Girolami’s 1980 splatterfest Zombie Holocaust.
The recent effort from Ensemble Economique is more elusive, its intricate, pattering percussion and noxious analogue ooze inviting comparison with Angus MacLise, Sun Araw, Shackleton and Demdike Stare while charting the dark continent existing only in Pyle’s fevered imagination.
Effekthasch & Klangkalif | Teaser
Ensemble Economique is supported by the fresh journey through urban hyperspace full of swirling concrete, flogging railing systems and entangling tunnels from the Berlin blossom Effekthasch, by De Mara, by the circlePURGe Djs and Viviana Druga + xorzyzt.
Ensemble Economique, Effekthasch & De Mara LIVE
presented by BL4CK M4G1CK + PURGE
Djs: circlePURGE, Viviana Druga, xorzyzt
Saturday, 21 April 2012 | 23:00 CET
Mindpirates | Schlesische Str. 38 | 10997 Berlin/Kreuzberg
Ensemble Economique | Effekthasch | bl4ckm4g1ck.com | mindpirates.org