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AKIRA RABELAIS
CXVI 2LP (Gatefold. White vinyl)
30
Boomkat Editions 18 / UK / 2019
Many years in the works, ‘CXVI’ is Akira Rabelais’ supernatural album of collaborations, featuring the singular composer in rapt dialogue with a wishlist of peers including Harold Budd, Ben Frost, Karen Vogt (Heligoland), Geir Jenssen (Biosphere), Kassel Jaeger, and Stephan Mathieu. Unfurling a quietly breathtaking, dreamlike sequence of events, ’CXVI’ blooms in the wake of Boomkat Editions’ first-time vinyl pressings of Akira’s seminal classics ‘Eisoptrophobia’ [2001] and ’Spellewauerynsherde’ [2004] introduced his rarified work to myriad, keen new ears, while also reminding longer terms fans of his nonpareil genius and alchemical style of composition. Set to be received as Akira’s magnum opus, ‘CXVI’ finds the Hollywood-based composer challenging his usual working methods, pushing himself to refresh binds with longterm collaborators such as Harold Budd and Stephan Mathieu and forge new relationships with like- minded craftsmen such as Geir Jenssen (Biosphere), while also finding a new vocal muse in Karen Vogt of Heligoland.