I've felt repelled by the name Scanner in such a strong, irrational way, that I've stayed the hell away from any of Robin Rimbaud's work for the past 10 years. Even The Crystalline Address, the duo with Kim Cascone and his solo Warhol's Surfaces disk. I just acted as if they didn't exist. So yeah, now, after about six weeks sitting on the shelf, I finally listen to Play Along his collab-a-sorts with composer Jean-Paul Dessey whose conducting a two viola, two cello chamber. It is quite a muted bliss, mid-day zone which I've fallen into twice this week. A surprise for sure.
Scanner's low-end weight keeps the overt classical strings from taking too strong a hold here. A few points he seems to filter in distant choral samples which acts as more of tape-over bleed through. Unfort. the sound is too clean, a little more muddled, analogue saturation, and it would be right-on. Though out of the three pieces -- the title is the collab -- Scanner and Dessy each do solo electronic takes, and Dessy's "Whaling Wolves" shines as bright as Scanner's "Out of the Trench..." Hopefully we hear more.
Scanner - Out of the Trench and Wading Backwards
Scanner - Throbbing Gristle remix from scannerdot.com