Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Recording: Charlemagne Palestine

Artist: Charlemagne Palestine

Song: Strumming Music [excerpt]*

Recorded at The Music Gallery ("X Avant VIII"), October 13, 2013.

Charlemagne Palestine - Strumming Music [excerpt]

Full review to follow. If one saw the word "legend" used to describe Charlemagne Palestine, it might well have the word "cult" stuck before it. And a description of his formidable presence might well be joined by the word "eccentric". Both of those have a mildly pejorative taste to them, but I don't think that would matter too much to an artist who seems to be well along a journey upon his own artistic terrain. So that the heart of the set, as heard here, was surrounded by somewhat goofier elements (a long video consisting of a POV shot as Palestine dashed through ther rooms of an abandoned building, singing to himself as well as a closing serenade by musical stuffed animals) all seemed to be points on one unconventional continuum.

* I don't know the material very well here, so I'm not sure if this is an iteration of this classic piece or a related composition. Please leave a comment if you have a strong opinion on the proper title here.

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