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Chat Noir: Hyperuranion

Read "Hyperuranion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Celebrating its seventh release—and third album by this London-based band for Rare Noise—is an eclectic union of progressive rock, krautrock, jazz and ambient-electronica with pathways into futuristic techno-like permutations. In addition, pioneering Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer performs on four tracks. At times the program conveys sonic characteristics of a cathedral recording due to resonating licks and textures that dissipate into deep space, generating a semblance of spiritual activity. The musicians' parallel Plato's relatively deep doctrine, Hyperuranion, concerning ...

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Chat Noir: Hyperuranion

Read "Hyperuranion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Coming up with a title for a recording is an art form, and creative oddities pop up regularly. In 1963 bassist Charles Mingus presented Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records); 2014 saw the release of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music). And now the group Chat Noir moves in a more cerebral direction--in terms of titles--with Hyperuranion... “In Plato's universe, the Hyperuranion is a realm of ideal forms where the soul waits before ...

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Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts For One Word

Read "Nine Thoughts For One Word" reviewed by John Ephland

There's something about RareNoise Records that keeps you on your toes. Listen to any title side by side, and you're likely to end up scratching your head, if not enjoying a gentle smile or subtle rhapsody. Okay, some of the music can be scabrous, perhaps unlistenable. But guess what? It all fits under the RN moniker, somehow, someway. Take the Italian trio Chat Noir's Nine Thoughts For One Word. It exhales on a theme of Harold Budd, himself ...


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