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