Quimper — Wake up Gastone
(Bandcamp no#, 2017, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-18
Hot on the heels of their last release a couple of months back, Quimper has another EP of four tracks, Wake Up Gastone. The title track opens the EP with a slow four-note-phrase to the rhythm of wake-up-gas-tone. There is an eerie hollow and cold quality to the music that is gently nudging Gastone awake. “Elephant” follows with a faster New Wave vibe and French female vocals, which seem at odds with the music. This must be intentional, but it doesn’t really work for me and even clocking in at four minutes, the song is too long for my tastes. Next is “Years Out,” a minimal arrangement of piano and string synth patch that turns a bit dissonant, sinister, and nightmarish. The EP closes with “He Woke Up” that is a sound collage, a departure from anything that I have previously heard from Quimper. This track contains early morning commuter sounds like a pseudo train, signals, etc. plus their electronics. Essentially a soundscape with a beat. If Quimper keeps up this pace of releasing EPs every few months, it is curious that they are not releasing a full album instead.
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