Published Jun 11, 2019In 2018, Vive Les Fantômes was broadcast on German public station SWR and was, at the time, billed as a radio play. But after listening to the 50-minute constructed musique concrète piece, the term "radio experiment" may make for a better descriptor.
Crafted by the drummer and founding member of Austrian post-rock group Radian, Martin Brandlmayr splices together clips of performances, rehearsals and interviews from some of his biggest influences, including musician Miles Davis, philosopher Jacques Derrida and the Alfred Hitchcock film, Vertigo. Utilizing short snippets of sound ranging from the human voice, blasts of trumpet, ambient sounds from a street or just silence, Brandlmayr connects it all with split-second bursts of percussion and beats.
Throughout the single-track LP, Brandlmayr never makes a grand statement or presents a concrete narrative, rather opting to rely on the aural pleasure of each sound as it works off one another. With Vive Les Fantômes, Martin Brandlmayr has crafted a completely novel experiment that works as a love letter to the "sound" of sound. (Thrill Jockey)