Pour le Plaisir has been producing, remixing, and collaborating since as far back as 2001. Having released over one dozen records on the French dance label Moleskine, this is his first with the UK’s Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, a recently revamped tandem tape and vinyl series who have also recently reissued on vinyl Blue Twelve, improvisational guitarist Tashi Dorji’s album from last year. Citing his hometown to be both as France and Italy, Pour le Plaisir (real name only provided as Patrick G., retaining a slight elusiveness to his identity) does seem comfortable in migration on the Tin Machine EP.
While not as directionally opposed as the cardinal points, each of the four tracks on Tin Machine presents a competing impulse. Winding up and down and back up again, the humid, textural opening title track rolls insistently but unhurried. "The Movie", perhaps a little too naturally titled, then comes out of seemingly nowhere and grabs you by the hand, pulling you out into an anxious, rain-slicked and poorly lit streetscape straight out of bad-old-days-era New York City cinema. You can almost hear a panicked voice demand, "Where are you taking me?!"
22 January, 2015