philippe petit & friends On Top (LP, £14.95)label: Aagoo
Features Jad Fair, Lydia Lunch, Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Charlie Finke and many more! "On Top" is the second Philippe Petit & Friends LP, it was originally thought to become the third part in a trilogy originated by Strings Of Consciousness. When the SOC collective broke up Philippe kept inviting his friends, musicians and singers, The ones he felt were "On Top". On the first track Philippe, Eugene S. Robinson and Hervé Vincenti give us a tense and at times tender narrative, It plays out like like an old radio drama except it's urgent and you feel somehow locked in. On top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacān comes last on the album, it lives up to its title, The holy city of Teotihuacān ('the place where the gods were created') it is close to Mexico City and was Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D. In the track time seems to slow to a crawl, it feels like a "peak" moment, all clear and beautiful but like any peak it get's uncomfortable when it's revealed we are animals. While not without its harsh moments, ultimately this is a gorgeous, transformative intimate and emotive album.
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