Pas Musique: Psychedelic Talismans (Alrealon Musique, 2021)

March 17, 2021 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pas Musique: Psychedelic Talismans

Recorded solo under lockdown by project founder Robert L. Pepper, Pas Musique’s latest effort lives up to its name, with buzzing guitars and mesmerizing synth sequences coalescing into magical, uplifting pieces. Burning spirit jams filled with luminous textures, subconscious voices, and very tactile-sounding synth bass. There’s a good balance between hazy/ethereal and very plugged-in sounds, so that there’s fleeting grooves to latch onto and other gaseous sounds that seep into your brain when you’re not paying attention to them. The beat switches during “Splash of Red Touch-All” bump things up to a higher level. “In Likeness of Me” also diverts to a more playful rhythm halfway through before lapsing back into its previous acid swirl. “The Hour” has much more sporadic beats, jostling your awareness and ending with a warning that “the hour is approaching”. At the end of the violin-laced “La Bas”, the same voice surfaces again, stating that “I learned to accept the inevitable”. Even when heading towards destiny, there is still hope, and reasons to be thankful and celebrate.

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