Release Date: Jun 11, 2012
Record label: Editions Mego
Genre(s): Electronic, Classical
English psychedelic sound artist Robert Hampson is as driven as ever to explore suggestive, sometimes unsettling sonic constructions on Répercussions, partially a collection of recent compositional work but functioning very beautifully as its own overall release. Given the use of percussive instruments throughout on the opening title track, originally done as a festival commission, there's almost something straightforward about the beats as they emerge. The familiar sense of disorienting rhythmic collage that has underlined much of his work from the 1990s onward remains key, however, even as this is something that's definitely not Main.
Here’s a bit of musiqe concrète that doesn’t feel like the latter word is trying to make blunt contact with your skull. Even though Robert Hampson was once a member of the dangerously aggressive shoegaze act Loop, and even though he’s currently churning out works on the Editions Mego label, Répercussions is a little bit softer to the touch than you might expect. It’s still a swollen body of sounds with three tracks ballooning over 38 minutes, but the cumulative effect is one that nudges you along, gently bouncing off the walls.