Mondkopf – They Fall, But You Don’t
Label: In Paradisum – IP028
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 21 Feb 2017
Style: Abstract, Ambient, Dark Ambient, Drone
This was last months offering from vinyl subscription service, ‘That Special Record” and, after some initial delays in actually listening to it and then some reservations around whether I actually liked it or not, everything changed.
Sometimes I will be doing something entirely unrelated to what \i m listening to and just keep playing a record over and over, often becasue I’m just too bloody lazy to go and get another off the shelf, and sometimes, something clicks. This is what happened here, all of a sudden I just found myself liking it, and not just liking it but loving it if truth be told. The murky electronics, disembodied voices, ethereal vocals and the atmospheres, bathed in a half light where figures are reconisable shapes but features are hidden.
The tracks, all six of them are all called Vivere, which I think means ‘live’ in Italian, but my Italian isn’t up to much so I might be wrong.
A1 Vivere, Parte I 8:04
A2 Vivere, Parte II 5:36
A3 Vivere, Parte III 4:48
B1 Vivere, Parte IV 9:36
B2 Vivere, Parte V 5:26
B3 Vivere, Finale 6:37
Here is the album in full, give it a little time, it will turn out to be worth it.
Mastered By – Lawrence English
Mellotron, Synth – Frédéric D. Oberland
Recorded By, Mixed By, Synth – Paul Régimbeau
Performed, recorded & mixed by Paul Régimbeau at The White Desk Studio between November 2015 and May 2016. Additional arrangements (Mellotron & Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano) performed & recorded by Frédéric D. Oberland at Magnum Diva Studio on May 2016. Mastering at 158.
I believe that most of the instruments on this album are analogue, and I like that, I like most things analogue over digital, it seems to add an air of authenticity to things and the impression that more effort has to be taken to produce a final result, as well as the probabale introduction of random happy accidents. Here there is much that is discordant but it is allied with an underlying harmony which always seems to truimph and shine through.
But what is ‘Mondkopf’? Well essentrillay it’s a French chap called Paul, but the the name itself as explained by him is: “People were saying that I always had my head in the clouds (« avoir la tête dans la lune » literally means « to have one’s head in the moon ») and that I wasn’t able to concentrate. I finally came up with this german word (« Mondkopf » literally meaning « moon head »)”
Part IV is a particular faviourite of mine and I’ve included it seperately below:
When all is said and done, another great reccomendation from Miguel at That Special Record.