Pierre Bastien - Blue As An Orange

Pierre Bastien - Blue As An Orange

Verdict: 4.5/5

Morphine Records




November 27, 2015

Written By

Beatrice Sommer


March 9, 2016

Pierre Bastien's 'Blue as an Orange' is beauty shining in a world and time tainted by the hazards of our most common parasite, neuroticism. At times, it may sound almost unbalanced, as if the music is tearing to pieces before even becoming whole, but there's no area wiped of harmony in this sonic deconstructivism.

Building his own robotic instruments to achieve unique sound, Bastien has established himself by being a downright creative mind. 'Blue as an Orange' was composed using Silent Motors, a new project in which he makes use of wheels, gears, an overhead projector and a screen.

'Tin Unit' sounds like the perfect track one could listen to while gazing into Salvador Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory' as all the whirling and ticking in it seems to be holding it back from total collapse of sonic order. The luring 'Gnostic Illicit Song' molds mechanical sounds along warm trumpet sounds and muffled moans which have been turned into pure instrumental quality.

'Edo Ode' encounters us in the same manner, but with a somewhat tribal tint. 'Oho' uses tempo variations and rhythm to complement the soft wind whistles around them. 'Dub's Bud' and 'Seven Eves' are the most cheerful tracks on the album, both having culminating points of gradual, tamed fury.

Romance filled 'Moody Doom' stands up to its name in a ravishingly beautiful manner which can almost become responsible of shedding a few tears. Last track, 'Snide Dins', ends the album with dainty sounds as if all the music on it is sheltering itself in a place where it can sleep.


A1. Tin Unit
A2. Gnostic Illicit Song
A3. Edo Ode
A4. Oho
B1. Dub's Bud
B2. Seven Eves
B3. Moody Doom
B4. Snide Dins

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