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AKIRA RABELAIS
Eisoptrophobia 2LP (Gatefold)
30
Boomkat Editions 17 / UK / 2018
A first vinyl edition of Akira Rabelais’ sophomore album, ’Eisoptrophobia’ a spellbinding, uniquely decayed rendering of solo piano pieces by Erik Satie and Bela Bartók. The 2001 release forms a poetic farewell to the 20th century and a bittersweet embrace of new technological possibility. It’s required listening for lovers of The Caretaker’s haunted ballroom elegies, Stephan Mathieu’s electro-acoustic microphony, or indeed the original, classical pieces. First released in 2001 on CD by Ritornell, a sub-label of Mille Plateaux, ‘eisoptrophobia’ was an early iteration of Akira applying his Argeïphontes Lyre software to classical music, opening a fascinating schism between the original object and his modern, subjective perspective in the process. Made up of spellbinding, uniquely decayed renderings of solo piano pieces, it forms a poetic farewell to the 20th century and a reluctant embrace of new technological possibilities.