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Quimper — Perdide
(Bandcamp no#, 2018, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-03-16
Quimper returns with a new album with a science fiction theme, Perdide, and ten new songs written mostly during the Summer of 2018. Perdide is another fine slab of understated keyboards and electronics saturated with lo-fi reverb and Jodie Lowther’s ethereal wordless vocals. Based on Stefan Wul’s seventh novel written in 1958, The Orphan of Perdide, Quimper’s music and artwork are the perfect accompaniment to Pedide’s hostile environment and its giant hornets. The strange song titles “Fearfully Upward,” “Lovely Bees,” “Warm Carpenter,” “I Put It Back Together,” “No Tires, No Fires,” Vivisection,” “Skin without Size,” “Perdide,” “False Serpent Opens Doors,” and “Christ in a Field of Caravans” may or may be references to the novel. Most of the tracks are constructed around loops of piano or synths plus rhythmic percussion. Sometimes the music overpowers Jodie’s little girl vocals. Overall there is an eerie outré quality to the listening experience. Quimper is in a league of their own. If you enjoy intriguing experimental music, then Perdide may be for you.
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