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ckutmusic on 11/14/2012 at 08:00AM

Farewell My Concubine, Fair Well

The return of Les Yeux in the shape of his of his current solo moniker Farewell My Concubine was most anticipated. Several years back, he did a short stint as occasional host of experiment radio collective If You Got Ears. At the time we hadn't a clue of his music-making activities, we just knew he was a master chef of the free-form hash.

Squeezed into the back corner of studios at CKUT, Farewell My Concubine exuded a saturated stream of consciousness, a wavering storyline of structured sounds that were dirty/liquid around the edges, pulsing up the middle, and melodic in conclusion. His set made me feel like I was eavesdropping on something I don't have the capacity to understand. Mixing straightup songwriting with a hint of improvisation in the lyrical delivery, Farewell My Concubine's sound doesn't fall out of the sky fully formed - it's attained through a process of working it out over and over again until recognizable structures congeal, and striated components become smooth.

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