TIMO VAN LUIJK & FREDERIK CROENE
Ipnopedion LP (Clear vinyl)
La Scie Dorée 25 / BEL / 2019
Memories of alien contact become beautifully musical at the hands of electro-acoustic visionary Timo Van Luijk (Élodie) and classical pianist Frederik Croene in this delectable new side for La Scie Dorée. Bringing to life the story of a night watchman’s close encounters with the third kind, Van Luijk and Croene recorded themselves, prone, and in the dark, reciting a recollection of an alien abduction, before setting it to their finest, gossamer webs of keys, organ, synth and reverberating percussion. Van Luijk’s bat-eared sensitivity to spatialisation is fully in effect, subtly and spectrally rendering (credited as “sound projection”) a richly detailed but barely-there atmosphere from the mixture of murmuring, practically glossolalic vocals with Croene’s keys and organ in the first part, whereas the 2nd instrumental piece of warbling keys and static convection supplies ample space for reflection on the experience of alien abduction.