Exposé Online banner

NLTM - Nick Littlemore / Thierry Müller — Days in Vermilion Sands
(Ilitch IM-LP1804, 2018, LP+EP)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-06-18

Days in Vermilion Sands Cover art

NLTM is the collaboration between Nicholas Littlemore (Teenager, Pnau, Empire of the Sun, musical director of Le Cirque du Soleil, and other endeavors) and Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth, Crash, and others) and Days in Vermilion Sands is the result of collaborative sessions between the two spanning from 2006 until 2012 in Paris, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, London, and Sydney. Why it’s only being released a half dozen years later is a good question that can’t be answered here. While the notes on the Bandcamp page don’t say a lot about who plays what (this is an LP / download only release) this is squarely in the realm of electronic pop, with some odd turns and twists along the way. The opener, “Wake,” starts with a rhythm that will remind of The Normal’s “TVOD” though with a distinctly punky vocal approach, this could easily be right out of the late 70s. Another song along the journey, “Looking for You,” is repeated three additional times for those who download: a five-and-a-half minute extended version, an instrumental version of the same length, and an EP version (which may in fact be the same as the LP version); either way, after four plays this song – and a catchy one it is, with vocoder voice treatment (as many of the songs here are) it will be playing in your head tomorrow morning, like it or not! “Vermillion Sands” is an explorative piece that doesn’t really fit into any category, and closes the LP proper nicely. “Deliver” is another strong entry, with its untreated vocals and almost no electronics, sounds a bit more like a Roger Waters era Floyd song with acoustic guitar accompaniment, and the whispered female voice that appears at the verse’s end makes the song even more intriguing. “We Can Hope” is another standout that carries a bouncy electronic backing track with some textural synth washes and a prominent role for vocoder. “Seven Bells” is an upbeat tune that reflects well on the duo’s pop sensibilities, being both simple and catchy, with a memorable refrain. Somewhere along the journey, “Breaking Thunder” pulses with a stop-and-go primitive beat and quirky vocal refrain that somehow cuts through all the strangeness, again employing some occasional space whisper variations. Just a few of many of the highlights of a superb collaboration between Littlemore and Müller.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Thierry Müller / Ilitch / Ruth

More info
http://ilitchmusic.bandcamp.com/album/nltm-nicholas-littlemore-thierry-m-ller

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Modest Midget - The Great Prophecy of a Small Man – Lionel Ziblat is an Israeli / Argentinean composer and musician based in Holland, and is the visionary and driving force behind Modest Midget, a four-piece touring band, although many more musicians...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues