FLUENCE - s/t LP (RSD 2020)
This first-time standalone reissue is limited to 750 numbered copies.
Recorded in Montpellier, France in 1974-1975, the project consists of exploratory electronic pieces in the Fripp & Eno vernacular with a Kosmische tinge. “A Few Reasons To Stay / A Few Reasons To Split,” a title inspired by Swiss conceptual artist Urs Lüthi, features Comelade’s kaleidoscopic arpeggios and RICHARD PINHAS’ howling guitar, which variously resembles a dreamlike cello and ghostly human moans. “Barcelona Tango’s” off-kilter exotica with pocket trumpet and looping drum beats foreshadows
Comelade’s later work, which would create a stir in some avant-garde circles for his use of unorthodox instruments (plastic saxophone, toy piano, etc.). On the side-long “Schizo,”Comelade’s electric organ with probing, Terry Riley-esque swooshes collides with GABRIEL IBANEZ’s thick, reedybuzz—together forming a truly magical soundscape.
These incendiary performances ably join the ranks of other dreamily cosmic, impressionistic guitar-and-synth masterworks like No Pussyfooting and The Serpent (In Quicksilver) as well as Conny Veit’s work with Popol Vuh. Originally released in 1975,
Fluence offers a remarkable emotional and textural range—richly experimental and deeply progressive—that sounds at once timeless and strikingly contemporary.