Creel Pone Nicolas Raicevic "The Complete Narco Recordings of Nicolas Raicevic" (USA) CP079.5-080-081 Triple CDr
Starting with 1969’s “Numbers” - #101, attributed originally to the moniker “107-34-8933,” presented here as the “Precursor” first disc in both its OG Narco iteration & the 1970 Buddah issue / re-branding - where the artist-name & LP-title were both “Head” - the latter appearing first, audio-wise, due to it’s superior pressing-spec, the former latter for completion’s sake. The specifically & overtly drug-referencing titles place this cleanly in the late-60s milieu, replete with mind-warping backwards projections & swirling analogia. 1971’s “Beyond the End... Eternity” (#102) consists solely of loose, exploratory Moog modular dirges. Raicevic is clearly still in the early learning-curve stages, yet by the following year’s “The Sixth Ear,” (#666) more complex gated passages & rhythmic activity begins to surface, including a few bits that rival Pierre Henry’s “Mise en Musique Corticalart” in their sheer monolithic joy, along with overdubbed bongo jams and a few actual chord progressions. By 1973’s “Magnetic Web,” (#123) Raicevic has added an Arp 2600 and a few rhythm-boxes - often running a few BPM apart, yielding some rather zonked phase-effects - and hand-percussion & tibetan finger-cymbals to his arsenal, increasing the levels of raw synth-blat tenfold - more than a few tracks stream sample-and-hold layers throughout. In my mind this is his masterpiece in all of its acid-laced glory. Finally, after a year off, Nik drops his last album, “Zero Gravity,” (#123) the side-long title-track working a harmonic-series patch with drizzles of space-dusted echo & miniature alien-tongued white-noise licks, the B-side offering a set of shorter songs.
As far as late-60s / early-70s American “Bedroom” Electronic Music goes, these LPS have to be among the first transmissions from this sector, made all the more attractive when coupled with Raicevic’s alien topographIes - the covers are high-color portrayals of Venusian lanes, knotted growths, & future-past architecture in a style you might equate with “Vintage” sci-fi pulp-novel covers - & copious “Downer” sentiment. This music is imbued with a sort of lonely, anti-social sensibility that’s about as far as you can get from the “Academic” Early Electronic vector. While I’m not going to blanket-recommend this one fo rall followers of the Creel Pone series, I will say that if the Steve Birchall, Cellutron & the Invisible, and/or Pythagoron™ replications seed your garden, this will likely do the same.
After a several-months-long blackout, Creel Pone is back in action! What a fine little number to get the ball rolling with once again; a reproduction of all five LPs originally...
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