catalog number: moar.p31
artist: GOGOOO
title: À Côté
format: MP3
status: not available

1. ça sera là
2. tu, endormis
3. le village, il fait noir
4. petite chose
5. petit squelette
6. diary
7. dérive
8. l'ombre
9. il est parti

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The first MP3 release on the mOAR subdivision of and/OAR is
one hazy mysterious daydream of an album from French sound
artist Gogooo (
Gabriel Hernandez). Perhaps if Ingmar Bergman,
François Truffaut and Andrei Tarkovsky met for tea to discuss a
possible collaboration on a short film, this might be what it
could possibly sound like?

Produced by Gabriel Hernandez and Dale Lloyd

All sounds by Gabriel Hernandez except:
2: harp and voice by
Félicia Atkinson
4: wind chimes and additional sounds by Dale Berning
5: voice and electric guitar by Félicia Atkinson
6: guitar by Paw Grabowski
8: field recording by Jez Riley French,
wind chimes by
Dale Berning
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EARLABS   (February)
As meticulous with the artwork and packaging as he is with the
music that he releases, Dale Lloyd has always strived to operate
a topnotch, accessible music label. He’s steadfast and
unequivocal about the two-fold commission of and/OAR: Firstly,
release “unique and interesting environmental recordings and
various kinds of avant-garde sound art that somehow utilizes
environmental recording or recordings.” Secondly, make these
sound works “as affordable as possible so that as many people
as possible can afford to buy and listen to it.” The arrival of the
new mOAR sublabel is one more tool committed to not only
achieving these goals, but also aimed broadening the scope of
and/OAR to encompass other interesting and comparable
genres of electronic/experimental music.

When it’s done well and you can tell that it all comes from the
heart, there’s something quite satisfying about listening to
music that has been digitally sculptured from a sonic palette of
environmental recordings, electronic sounds, music samples,
and real instruments. Gabriel Hernandez‘s À Côté definitely fits
this description. Consisting of nine compositions, the track
lengths range from just under one minute to approaching six
minutes. As a whole, À Côté delivers a rich collection of skillfully
textured and varied sound works while, individually, each
composition stands on its own, conveying its own distinctive
aural message. Whether it be the wavering drone, subtly
twittering electronics, and brittle noises of Ca Sera Là, the
pastoral environmental recordings melding with Paw Grabowski’s
gentle acoustic guitar playing on diary, or the every so fragile
mesh of wind chimes and field recordings on L’ombre, each
song has an intimate story to pass on. Especially poignant are
Tu, Endormis and Petite Squelette which contain some
restrained sensual vocals by Félicia Atkinson amongst the hazy
ambiance of real instruments and environmental sounds.

For anyone who appreciates the artistry involved in blending
environmental recordings, real instrumentation, and digital
sounds/processing or to anyone that appreciates the and/OAR
aesthetic and its tangents in general, I‘d recommend visiting
the Klicktrack website and downloading À Côté in its entirety
(along with the beautiful cover/artwork) for a very reasonable
cost. For those that are more selective about what they listen
to, the option of previewing and downloading individual tracks
(also at reasonable price) is available.
(Larry Johnson)
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