Emerald Cocoon

CARTER, CHRISTINA - LEtoile de Mer

Stark and intimate even within a discography not lacking in stark intimacy, Letoile de Mer was Christina Carters first recorded foray outside of her work with Tom Carter as part of the legendary Charalambides. Recorded in 2000 and originally released as a limited cassette on the notorious Freedom From label, Letoile de Mer presents the two core elements of Christinas sound as atomized statements: unaccompanied electric guitar on side A, unaccompanied vocals on side B. These atomized statements are pared down further still _¢‚Ǩ‚Äú single notes and unmoored vocal phrases hanging lonely in the jet black vinyl darkness. Letoile de Mers solo guitar side presents two takes of a live score to Man Rays dreamlike 1928 surrealist film of the same name. Unlike the film, the music here is severely in focus: carefully placed single notes hang in a space made so tense by expectation that the air feels like glass under pressure. Buckling under the weight of their own naked intensity and the films obscure ritual logic both takes end with a sudden descent into a seasick pitch-shifted blur... The B side presents seven etude-like songs recorded in an Austin hallway. Inspired by solo saxophone exercises Christina listens _¢‚Ǩ_ìto the sound of the voice to find my voice more clearly as entirely my own_¢‚Ǩ¬ù. Unlike her later solo vocal works on Many Breaths Press (Masque Femine, A Blossom Fell, I Am All The Same Song), these pieces are meditations on sound rather than words. Tongue and throat animate the air, unconstrained by lyrical concerns, vocal shapes are carved, probed, turned over, discarded... Like all Christinas work these solo vocal meditations hold up a mirror to problematic dualities: self/other, conscious/unconscious, freedom/control.... - Emerald Cocoon.\r\n\r\n
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Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

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