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D. L., Jean (w/ Hermant / Ranaldo / Young): Forays (Shhpuma)

A set of beautiful electro-acoustic compositions, dream-like and rich in details using sources of acoustic instruments, field recordings, guitar, electronics and voice, organized into hazy and beautiful reflections, with contributions from Margaret Hermant on xylophone & violin, Jeremy Young on electronics, and Lee Ranaldo providing field recordings and voice.

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UPC: 5609063800586

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH058CD
Squidco Product Code: 28748

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recording in Gent, Merelbeke, Montreal, New-York City, and Brussels, between 2018 and 2019.


Jean D.L.-guitar, field recordings

Margaret Hermant-xylophone, violin

Jeremy Young-electronics

Lee Ranaldo-field recordings, voice

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Artist Biographies:

"Jean DL develops a universe at once intimistic and noisy, made of hazy soundscape. Jean D.L. has worked in solo but has also collaborated with the likes of S. Biset, B. Drugmand (aka Impostor), Sébastien Karkoszka, Zbigniew Karkowski, Mauro A. Pawlowski & Teun Verbruggen (Stahlmus Delegation), Antoine Boute, Othin Spake, Soumonces!, Noir, Jozef Van Wissem, Justice Yeldham, Jean-Philippe De Gheest"

-Jean D.L. 1/25/2023

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"Margaret Hermant - Violin / harp : Echo Collective-Quatuor MP4-Bow-'In Praise of Folly'

Meg completed her classical musical studies in violin at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Liège. Although she performs regularly in the classical genre as a founding member of the string quartet Quatuor Mp4 or has performed with institutions such as the Royal Opera of the Monnaie, she currently tours internationally and records with artists such as Johann Johannsson , A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Stars of the Lid, Joep Beving, Christina Vantzou, and has recently performed for BBC proms in Royal Albert Hall.

She is one of the founding members of the Brussels-based Echo Collective and works in intimate collaboration with the Théâtre de l'Ancre in Charleroi, the string quintet Bow, and Dirty Monitor."

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Jeremy Young, aka Szilárd, is an electronic artist known for the groups [The] Slowest Runner [In All The World], Sontag Shogun, and his work with Jean D. L.

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"Lee Mark Ranaldo (born February 3, 1956) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, writer, visual artist and record producer, best known as a co-founder of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Ranaldo at number 33 on its "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. In May 2012, Spin published a staff selected top 100 guitarist list, ranking Ranaldo and his Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore together at number 1.

Ranaldo was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, studied art and graduated from Binghamton University. He has three sons, Cody, Sage and Frey, and is married twice, first with Amanda Linn in 1981 but later divorced, and now with experimental artist Leah Singer.

Ranaldo started his career in New York in several bands, and joined the electric guitar orchestra of Glenn Branca. In this orchestra he played mainly electric guitar, but also some of Branca's harmonic guitars Branca had designed and built himself. In 1981, he and David Linton briefly joined the band Plus Instruments formed by Truus de Groot. With this line-up they recorded the album February - April 1981, released on the Dutch Kremlin label. After the release of the album, Ranaldo left the band and started Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon."

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track listing:

1. Avond Gevallend 2:18

2. Colonade 3:05

3. Tirou BLD 2:37

4. Neigbourhood 2:35

5. Tread, Pt.1 2:26

6. Still Awake 1:38

7. Tread, Pt.2 4:52

8. Forays 2:45

9. Daydreaming 1:00

10. Tread, Pt.3 2:25

11. Ghostly Day 3:43

12. Mistral 4:32
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Jean De Lacoste is simultaneously a musician and a video artist, but the approach he has to organized sounds and organized images seems reversed - his music, either when he plays the guitar or when he uses field recordings, is an imagetic and somewhat hazy soundscape, while is musically structured films try to provoke abstract emotions through the titillation of memories and fantasies. With a dreamy quality, seeming to suspend time, "Forays" is a journey to the inner self more than to the cosmos, and sometimes it gets noisy because there's nothing in this record of the new age / neo-hippie myth that states the inside of our minds as the place where peace sleeps. Jean D.L. knows very well how to handle the two aspects - after all he had partnerships with Zbigniew Karkowski and Julia Kent, with one creating the most harsh sounds provided by electronic instruments, and with the other finding beauty in the volatile acoustic world. There's subliminar agitation's in these apparently quiet pieces, as in life itself when we wrongly think that a forest walk can clean our minds."-Shhpuma

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