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hoko to shin ken
60 to 0
oben beg (mk 2)
22nd August 2005
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for the lonely hearts of the cosmos
'a hybrid of fucked up treatments and loop-based kraut-isms. More Air than hot air.' DJ
The historical Baikonour (in Khazakstan) was known for hosting a Soviet
launch base, but its musical counterpart goes by the real name Jean-Emmanuel
Krieger and has nothing to do with missiles. He takes residence in Brighton,
UK which might be interpreted as a latent need to be closer to his spiritual
home and birthplace; Versailles, France. For a rich seam of future like-minded
artists has been mined from the denizens of that town in recent years,
including names such as Air, Super Discount and Alex Gopher.
Jean-Emmanuel's own musical upbringing progressed through many stages, stages reflected in his own creative output, as the man himself admits. Growing up with 'Pink Floyd from Dad and Marvin Gaye from Mum' he later found himself 'obsessed with British indie pop in the '80s, like Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. I think you can hear a lot of guitars in my album and I've always been facinated by guitars and the variety of sound you can get. This is why I like the Cocteau twins, MBV and Sonic Youth as they have that in common.'
These days, however, you're more likely to find him plugged into a wide
variety, 'Jamaican music is a favourite as well as Krautrock (massively)
and another love being Indian music. What else? Alice Coltrane (the indian
music connection here), Soft Machine, Os Mutantes, Television, Manuel
Gottsching, Japanese Noise, Neil Young, Eno, Cluster and Deuter, 60's
psych and Scott Walker. I'm still interested in what Amon Tobin, Boards
of Canada and Mouse on Mars are up to'. This intricate path of musical
touchpoints has served to enrich Baikonour's own output with every flavour
imaginable, steering from Kraut-influences to jazz and always underpinning
each piece with, simply, great tuneage. All inspired by his predecessors'
'total lack of commercial ambition and the will to do something different'.
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