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2011/11/23 / monteurhulot

ALBUM // Ranvir Bassi – Forget Me Music

Ranvir Bassi has been so surpassingly prolific in this year 2011 that it becomes increasingly difficult to know what further commentary can be made whenever he makes new material available – fortunately, each consecutive release brings some change, more or less radical. In reviewing Cut Lip, I described Bassi’s music as drawing slowly away from tempestuous noise, which became both distanced and controlled. I also spoke of it as being singularly hard to label or assign to a contemporary movement or sub-genre, but with Forget Me Music, it becomes increasingly clear that Bassi doesn’t even follow trends within his own work, as “Bullet to the Mind” immediately releases a deluge of jagged noise that is at once exhilarating and suffocating, full of sounds that really do make it more difficult for one to breathe. “War Poem” is all over-driven vocoder waves punctured through by upwardly yearning crystalline feedback, while “Pretty Ballet Dancer” plays out like a moombahton track, converted, reconverted and copied onto a series of 3.5 inch floppy disks which are then thrown against a basement wall while Bassi sings quietly to himself. Noise, here, is diverse and joined by a number of lovely sonic textures, like the uniquely warbly keys of “Burn;” “Expected Love” contains some of the most intriguing vocals since, perhaps “Not in a Zoo, in an Office, in New York,” the vowels in the title refrain bizarrely curled. Finally, “Gurdjieff’s Tales to His Grandson” seems to offer a relative reprieve from harsher sounds, with tinkling xylophone, distant buzz and crinkling effects providing a Balinese shadow-puppet-afterparty ambience, before an abrupt cut leads to viola-like tones and a soft, wordless cut-up call. In its textural richness, and especially with its melding of the harshly digital with the inventively organic, Forget Me Music contains some of Bassi’s best work so far.

It is, as per usual, freely available for you to feast on.

Post-Script:

The other reason Bassi’s music can be difficult to write about? In truly avant fashion, the tracklists of the albums can change quite a number of times after their release: between the time I began to write this piece and the time I went to publish it, not only did Forget Me Music receive sharp new artwork and several altered track titles, it gained “Invocation,” which functions as a mirror of the lead-out, a moment of peace before the assault of “Bullet to the Mind.” Well, this what happens when you live in the future.

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