Michele Mer­cure

Eye Chant

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RVNG INTL/FREE­DOM TO SPEND. CD/DL/LP De­but re­lease on Pete Swanson’s new im­print – a reis­sue of an ’80s min­i­mal elec­tro-wave head-trip from US an­i­ma­tor and sound de­signer.

ORIG­I­NALLY RE­LEASED in 1986, un­der her mar­ried name of Michele Musser, and pro­duced with a grant from The Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil on the Arts, Eye Chant is a strange and won­der­ful LP that in­hab­its a glit­ter­ing sound world be­tween the air-light kos­mis­che am­bi­ence of Ger­many’s Sky Records, New York elec­tro, the rhyth­mic and vo­cal ex­per­i­ments of Laurie An­der­son, the lu­cid wave­forms of Suzanne Ciani, and the avant club grooves of Arthur Russell. Yet, in its play­ful ma­nip­u­la­tion of sound and lan­guage, a pulling apart of the very in­flu­ences that in­form it, Eye Chant also sounds ruth­lessly mod­ern, with tracks like Pro­teus And The Mar­lin and 100% Bridal Il­lu­sion point­ing to­wards the melodic ab­strac­tions of Aphex Twin and the con­cep­tual col­lage-pop of Kait­lyn Aure­lia Smith, while re­tain­ing a vi­tal pow­er­ful iden­tity all of its own.

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