Presenting an immersive exploration of sound and suggestion, PARIS MUSIC CORP. recently released their new self-titled full-length. It is a proposition keen to unite itself and the listener in a series of ambience woven adventures, each set to spark reaction and contemplation unique to the individual within a record which will only evoke the senses, emotions and imagination.
Paris Music Corp. is the solo project of Texan electronic and ambient composer John Andrew Paris, an artist who has been creating rich lures in soundtracks and more and collaborated with the likes of Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown), DJ Rev Kathy Russell, DJ Lucas Ray, Catastrophe Ballet, Le Reve, Life’s Eyes, Beast of Eden, OBOYO and Don Wigwam over the decades. Within PARIS MUSIC CORP., he embraces the inspirations of artists such as Mick Karn, Pink Floyd, Gary Numan, Tim Hecker, Casino Versus Japan and Miles Davis to create a sound and album which, like a cinematic siren, draws you into an adventure as chilled as it is dramatic and as seductive as it is often darkly striking.
The album is a flight through spacial realms, each track a cosmically lit instrumental piece yet all bringing an intimacy within one’s thoughts and feelings to further colour the moment. Without the breaks between pieces, the album verges on a magnetically claustrophobic experience, and even with the mere second or so of silence acting as veils separating the next compelling sphere of electronic suggestion, the release has a compelling confining quality to its presence.
From the moment The Original Orb draws back its crystalline curtains on spaces beyond, the album presented a pull of curiosity, intrigue and captivation; the opener a suggestion for all as it leads the way to the inspiriting proposal of Almost Lost. Rhythmically animated and sonically haunting, the second track soon reveals its instinctive funkiness to lure feet and hips as readily as an imagination already locked in by the album’s mysteries heard and anticipated.
That interstellar air of the album is a heavily breathing proposal within next up Spiral Arms, its body kaleidoscopic yet with a physical wrapping of the senses by sonic tendrils. The fascination bred by the lively calms and darker haunting hues of its predecessor are more pronounced in the track’s warm trespass while the outstanding Light Speed provides a synth pop nurtured, classically lit incitement with an alluring Numan meets Karn glow to its shadows.
As New Blue Norther warmly washes over the senses and imagination and Witch Harvest uncages its rock bred plotting and suggestive cunning, the album only drew us further in; the second taking favourite track moment with its tenebrous breath and intimation. In both dark and light dance in mutual enterprise and implication, a mutual pact all pieces of music embrace in varying degrees as shown again by the cosmic ambience and separation of Mitosis.
Across the industrially lined, world music woven Miles and Rust with it’s almost immure like embrace, Paris drew only fresh conjuring and experiences from the imagination, never relenting in act and quality across the whole of his release and certainly as Whiteout darkly lured similarly lit thoughts, Desolation Birth drew a tension of disquieting almost minacious insinuation, and Here It Is cast its evocative soulful web.
The pair of Timeline and What Language (…are you speaking?) bring the release to a just as enthralling close, their respective extramundane haunting and ethereal waltz proving as fascinating and engrossing as that which came before them.
The Paris Music Corp. album is a venture of uncertainty and captivation, every track offering new aspects and adventures to a world of possibilities with each cast in cinematic enterprise and shaped in ambient suggestion and corporeal catchiness; a rich escape we have found ourselves lost in time and time again.
The Paris Music Corp. album is out now; available @ https://parismusiccorp.bandcamp.com/album/paris-music-corp
Pete RingMaster 12/05/2022
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