• christina carter L'Etoile de Mer (LP, £22.95)

    label: Emerald Cocoon

    Unlike Man Ray's dreamlike 1928 surrealist film of the same name, Christina's score is severely in focus: carefully placed single notes of electric guitar hang in a space made so tense by expectation that the air feels like glass under pressure. Buckling under the weight of their own naked intensity and the film's obscure ritual logic, both takes end with a sudden descent into a seasick pitch-shifted blur. On the flip, seven etude-like songs recorded in an Austin hallway, were inspired by solo saxophone exercises. These pieces are meditations on sound rather than words. Edition of 300 LPs in silkscreened jackets.

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