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LP released: Oct 15, 2013

HELDON
INTERFACE
Label: SUPERIOR VIADUCT
Cat No: SV029
Barcode: 0857176003294
Packaging: LP

Richard Pinhas is an artistic iconoclast, A French intellectual as likely to collaborate with Magma as the radical philosopher Gilles Deleuze, Pinhas released seven albums under the Heldon moniker in the 1970s that flaunt the mastery
of progressive rock and early electronics while still being
thoroughly avant-garde, The genre-expanding innovation of his '70s output is best encapsulated on Interface, the
group's sixth album (and second with the stripped-down
trio featuring drummer Francois Auger and keyboardist
Patrick Gauthier), Interface is a sonic tour de force where
Heldon avoids every logical category vis- -vis infinite climaxes and rhythmic explorations that sound impossibly futuristic.
As with much of the Pinhas' music from this period,
Interface is heavily influenced by the guitar treatments
of Robert Fripp (King Crimson), especially those in collaboration with Brian Eno, More experimental than virtuosic, Pinhas applies feedback and a jazz-like looseness to
create otherworldly soundscapes, Interface is loud, dark
and unrelenting with a maximal approach to minimalism
that would go on to inform the cold wave scene in the late
'70s, Few recordings are as menacing, although certainly
Miles Davis' Dark Magus and Lou Reed's Metal Machine
Music come to mind, It is Heldon's most crystalline work,
building to the epic crescendo of the title track, Many fans
consider this to be their masterpiece, but more importantly,
Interface is a record that will continue to unfold for centuries to come.

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