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Various Artists Labyrinth Of Memories

Kashual Plastik
6th February 2022

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A famous dialogue in a famous book on the transience of beauty, written by the possible only true dandy that ever promenaded on earth, goes like this:

“What of art?”
“It is a malady.”
“An illusion.”
“The fashionable substitute for belief.”
“You are a sceptic.”
“Never! Scepticism is the beginning of faith.”
“What are you?”
“To define is to limit.”
“Give me a clue.”
“Threads snap. You would lose your way in the labyrinth.”

Unfortunately, Kashual Plastik got lost, but the threads have snapped progressively. It got lost in fluxes, that sometimes dry up, freeze, or overflow, sometimes combine or diverge. On the way it became capable of loving without remembering, without phantasm, interpretation, without taking stock. The result is “Labyrinth of Memories”, an epic four-sided compilation, full of romanticism, witchcraft, and necromancy, drifting in an ocean of sentiments, that gently reach the limits of control. The music comes from a wild bunch of sonic outsiders from all around the globe, that go by names like Cucina Povera, Laure Boer, Paula Arambula, Leighton Craig, Teresa Winter, Brannten Schnürre, Hypnotic Sleep, People Skills, Bobby Would, Genghis Cohn, Monokultur or SBooth, to name but a few. They crafted 31 collages, songs, tracks and tunes, that leave the bourgeois dream of materialistic happiness and endless party freedom behind. Their creations rather reinvent the old idea of social meaningful vocal driven music, lifting it up into an experimental plateau of electro acoustic devotion, while handing out sweet illusions, that like to lie while telling the truth. From pure folk to psychedelic fuzz, from tribalistic drone pop, and hypnotic synth murmurs to jazz infused post-rock: with “Labyrinth of Memories” Kashual Plastik enters a world full of echoes by John Bender, Vashti Bunyan, Deux, Nick Drake, Human Flesh, Alan Lomax, Meredith Monk, Television Personalities, Stereolab, Tuxedomoon, The Velvet Underground, organ church music, The Kitchen minimalism, droning campfire folk harmony, and all that Jazzpuu eccentricity. Just to get it all, you need to bring some time, thoughtfulness, forthrightness, relaxation, and an open ritual of sentimentality, that tends to be happier then sad. The rest will be done by a gut-wrenching labyrinth of memories that doesn’t remember anything at all.

Speedbooth– Something I Built A2 Teresa Winter– Ghod’s Heart A3 Brannten Schnüre– Kleine Wolke A4 People Skills– Poem for Brant Lowe A5 Kirschstein & Agnes Beil– Sommerzeit, Erntezeit A6 Massimo Del Corpo– Continuo A7 Hypnotic Sleep– Födder Maut Eck Gaohn B1 Speedbooth– Above the Shop B2 A Happy Return– Ancient of Days B3 Monokultur– Inget Att Bry Sig Om B4 Stefan Christensen– A Week´s Pass B5 Jonnine– Stare Too Long B6 Bobby Would– Eternal Decision B7 Genghis Cohn– Butterflies B8 THE FULMARS– Gertrud C1 Suburban Cracked Collective– Karl the Killer C2 Leighton Craig– Galaxy C3 Pumice– Necklace on a Necklace C4 Omen– Cantlook C5 Mosquitoes (3)– Minus Six (Dub) C6 Maxine Funke– Lucky Penny 3:20 C7 James & Vanessa– Yrt C8 Paul Arambula– On the Shed D1 Lathe Burin– Schraffur Unserer Schritte D2 A Happy Return– Vision Of A Fool D3 Cucina Povera– Lintuja D4 Omen– Go D5 Läuten der Seele– Spiegelungen Auf Der Gartenteichfolie D6 Laure Boer– Constellations D7 Loopsel– Svalorna D8 Thomas Bush– Private Dancer


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