The experimental artist takes us on a strange new journey.
Berlin-based sound artist Andrew Pekler has announced Tristes Tropiques, a new album described as a collection of “synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and unreal field recordings”.
Named after French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss’s iconic travelogue to indigenous Brazil, the album chips away at the concept of “the exotic” in a way similar to Lévi-Strauss’s own self-critical writing while channeling the faded sound-vistas of Dolphins Into The Future.
Pekler does this with enveloping electronic soundscapes of hypnotic rhythms and seemingly field recorded effects replicating bird calls, shifting trees and crackling fires.
For the best example, listen to the nearly 11-minute ‘Theme From Tristes Tropiques’ which transports you to an imagined jungle that at times sounds like it may be on an uncharted planet.
Tristes Tropiques is out November 4 via Jan Jelinek’s Faitiche.