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ARTIST :   GR Aka GRegory Raimo 

 

ALBUM : Propel Tension On Polyester Base (Tapes Archives)
Price: 15€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Opadyn01-gr01
Release date: 2016

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12" vinyl lp / limited to 300 copies.

300gr Heavy Sleeve (printed on uncoated reversed paper) — Lacquer cutting.

Recorded between 2008/16. 

** All tracks recorded on reel-to-reel tape recorders and 4-track cassette recorders. Music, processing, mix by GRegory Raimo _2008/16_

Lineup : GR = All instruments  

Release notes :

" Give my nerves a little workout, ____my flesh sonic uppers ; I wanna sound like a busy signal, by day & night fillin' in the blanks. " (from Vertical take-Off, part 1)

GR's Propel Tension On Polyester Base is a decisive effort in tape recording, 13 private tracks taken from the archives of an adventurous mind and forming a mysterious sound diary, a core part in the evolution of GR's style and a secretive work in progress highlighting an incessant appetite for putting a tentacular vision onto the recordable surface at hand. Among the tracks presented here _ which were taped between 2008/2016 _ some are achieved in one blow with evident fulgurance, while some others are initiated early and completed years later in different spaces, non-similar phases, bringing to the sound textures some unfathomable provenance ; the material is relentlessly tracked down by following the natural path of self-autonomy over space & time.

" The featured material was taped non-uniformally, various analog recorders and spaces were used over a period of private stimulation. " (GR mentions on the back cover)

The spectrum of styles & processes approached and developed by GR on those recordings is ultimately wide. Free construct open rhythm, hear the dead snare at your heels, freer rock, hard kicking grooves & serpentine pulse shall scare the hell out of ultra moving asses in the rush, saturation, dangerous proto-punk, the most menacing monster-fuzz downtown, cosmic elektronische & psycho tape looping, abstract instrumentals, fingerpicking to the decadent, possessed vocals and wicked street-punk delivery, non-chordal guitar excess, reel to reel manipulations, a mastery of fixed sounds through the written & unwritten… — Propel tension on polyester base, tapes archives.

Tracklisting :

A1. Perforation A2. Vertical Take-Off ( Part 1) A3. A Flickered View Negative A4. Violet Piss In Snobbish Eardrums A5. Ritual To The Decadent B1. Vertical Take-Off ( Part 2) B2. Altostratus B3. Forward Signal B4. Propel Tension On Polyester Base B5. Shock Degrees B6. Down The Hidden Shade B7. Backward Signal B8. Quarter Inch Creaks

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ALBUM : A Reverse Age
Price: 15€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Mex140
Release date: 2012

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12" vinyl lp (+ Download code) / limited to 750 hand-numbered copies.

Printed on heavy reversed paper.

All tracks by GR

* Analog 4-track tape recording processed & mixed by GRegory Raimo

** Poetry On Hymn Of Pan By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lineup : GR = All instruments

GuitaR-Hoodoo / Liquid Bass / Spiral Drums / Preach in The Middle 

Release notes :

Here we have the age-old argument between myth and reality. In some circumstances, you can live the myth, make it your reality, and go on about your day as if nothing had happened. This sort of myth-making occurs with a nagging frequency throughout all walks of life. You can do something to help a person in need, or you can choose to walk away and leave them to their life and you to yours. You can go to a rock concert and see some band touting the phrase “psychedelic” and it’s some lame bunch of business hippies, hard at work shaking tambourines and dripping with the sweat of dishonesty, trying to blow your mind with a flange pedal and three really edgy chords you’ve heard somewhere else. Or you can straight up go home, slap on this GR album A Reverse Age, and have your eardrums and retinas scorched with the synesthesia of a blinding reality, the grain of truth in a vat of lies, the square peg.

Truth comes today from France’s Gregory Raimo, once again taking up the mantle of the performance moniker, GR. Raimo has been shredding with ingenious ferocity for a number of years now, both alone and as guitarist/vocalist for Gunslingers, a power trio fortified by his relentless barrage of guitar noise and rhythmic imperative (check their 2008 LP No More Invention if you’re interested in having the skin flayed off your back this week). A Reverse Age is Raimo’s third and most intense solo album, following a collaborative EP with Michael Yonkers. Those of you in the know will hear Yonkers’ late ‘60s period influence, whether it be myth or reality (only the artist is telling), as you might also find the strange, hissing atmosphere of Alien Soundtracks-era Chrome or the psychic limbering-up of The Magic Band evident in GR’s music.

Real, productive damage comes from within, however, and that’s where A Reverse Age performs its miracles. It figures that you would need to go back 30 to 40 years in the history of underground or fringe music to find any sort of precedent to the eight songs of A Reverse Age. Its restless nature highlights Raimo’s frantic compositional structures and explosive playing across guitar, bass and drums alike, the product of one guy with real vision and the skills to pull off a work of virtuosic hostility such as this one. Riffs sizzle and burn up, pushed through effects that somehow cheapen lesser works yet bolster this one. Things you know – eldritch forest folk, roadhouse blues, aggressive jazz-style drumming – are distended near to the point where they become part of GR’s own musical syllabus, grounded by GR’s street-corner vocal hustle, sounding like Armand Schaubroeck rapping into a CB radio in a stolen car, out joyriding and knocking off side view mirrors. Every last moment on A Reverse Age was engineered to do damage, and it does so in the impossible confines of reality, an assaultive and merciless run through the uncleared brush, screaming and bleeding with contact from nature. This is music that truly does not lets up until the record spins to a close, designed by and for travelers who subscribe to the higher mind, and know the promise that, properly tended, such an organ can reveal. This is the reality of the psychedelic experience, folded up and fallen out of a dog-eared copy of TiKHAL, the truth that blots out the sun’s myth-making ways and externally-damaging rays. Check this out with pure intentions, and we’ll see you a few months from now, unshaven and beaming like a god. _Doug Mosurock 

Tracklisting :

(Access I) I. Low-Born II. Vapours Invisible III. A Reverse Age IV. Hymn Of Pan (Access II) I. Spectre Of The Brocken II. Bradtënehend III. The Primitive Hoodoo IV. Action Vision 

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ALBUM : GR & Full-Blown Expansion
Price: 15€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: ldbdp05gr03
Release date: 2008

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12" vinyl lp / Limited to 300 copies / White-coloured / Lacquer cutting processing

All tracks by GR

** Analog 4-track tape recording processed & mixed by GRegory Raimo

Lineup : GR = All instruments

Lead guitar & expansive guitar / horizontal bass / Regular & extensionist drums / loco-drums & asymmetric drumming / Wah-vocals & story / background organ & keyboard / Shouts & effects / 4-track tape recorder 

Release notes :

One man All-Made Record-Excavator into the deep limbo of egoXploitation—Features 43 min. of decadent loco self-conduct & mystifying woodoo’lectric playing, directly dropped down from the sole complexion of individual force as a plural human’s sonic concoction, the alone-lineup that never existed but in the incarnation of one : Full-Blown Expansion. Get into Gunslingers‘ founding member's alchemy — supreme wild stuff of weird, abstract & deviationist multi-instrumental solo performs, improvised & composed and elevated separately on each instrument & track by GR (mostly in one take).

Careful with that « Descent along the an-ti-fohn-nul »‘s 13 min. of extensionist drumming and seminal acid stoned guitars & wah-vocals driving that leads to the great infernal Boogie accident— Vs the regular alternation (in rhythm & guitar color tone) of the fuzzy oniric « Transfiguration on a sepiachord »— Vs the wizardesque inspiration of « The metal spike », GR’s one very archetypal & representative of the instant composition process & the superposition of orchestral muses. And careful again with that explosive insane unmethodic « The intercessor speaks », some ultra-shouting wave’s traumatic 7 min. towards the abyssal fluxus of koZmic Rock—Vs « The scene/slowly’s getting louder »’s ritual rotative-leslie & expansive wah noise guitars coming with special voice box— Vs « all stoned day long they take you » ‘s impossible alinear & asymmetric instrumental superposition (includ. Transcendantal background organ) backing up immaculate spoken poetry— Vs the enigmatic analog keys & clair-obscure of « Blind Black or pearly white ». — Bliss ! _LDBDP 

Tracklisting :

(Side A) I. Descent Along The An-Ti-Fohn-Nul II. Transfiguration On A Sepiachord III. The Metal Spike (Side B) I. The Intercessor Speaks II. The Scene (Slowly's Getting Louder) III. All Stoned Day Long They Take You IV. Blind Black Or Pearly White  

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Price: 10€
Format: CD
#Ref: Wis-3007
Release date: 2009

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CD Digipack (reissue) / Limited to 500 copies

All tracks by GR

** Analog 4-track tape recording processed & mixed by GRegory Raimo

Lineup : GR = All instruments

Lead guitar & expansive guitar / horizontal bass / Regular & extensionist drums / loco-drums & asymmetric drumming / Wah-vocals & story / background organ & keyboard / Shouts & effects / 4-track tape recorder 

Release notes :

One man All-Made Record-Excavator into the deep limbo of egoXploitation—Features 43 min. of decadent loco self-conduct & mystifying woodoo’lectric playing, directly dropped down from the sole complexion of individual force as a plural human’s sonic concoction, the alone-lineup that never existed but in the incarnation of one : Full-Blown Expansion. Get into Gunslingers‘ founding member's alchemy — supreme wild stuff of weird, abstract & deviationist multi-instrumental solo performs, improvised & composed and elevated separately on each instrument & track by GR (mostly in one take).

Careful with that « Descent along the an-ti-fohn-nul »‘s 13 min. of extensionist drumming and seminal acid stoned guitars & wah-vocals driving that leads to the great infernal Boogie accident— Vs the regular alternation (in rhythm & guitar color tone) of the fuzzy oniric « Transfiguration on a sepiachord »— Vs the wizardesque inspiration of « The metal spike », GR’s one very archetypal & representative of the instant composition process & the superposition of orchestral muses. And careful again with that explosive insane unmethodic « The intercessor speaks », some ultra-shouting wave’s traumatic 7 min. towards the abyssal fluxus of koZmic Rock—Vs « The scene/slowly’s getting louder »’s ritual rotative-leslie & expansive wah noise guitars coming with special voice box— Vs « all stoned day long they take you » ‘s impossible alinear & asymmetric instrumental superposition (includ. Transcendantal background organ) backing up immaculate spoken poetry— Vs the enigmatic analog keys & clair-obscure of « Blind Black or pearly white ». — Bliss ! _LDBDP 

Tracklisting :

(Side A) I. Descent Along The An-Ti-Fohn-Nul II. Transfiguration On A Sepiachord III. The Metal Spike (Side B) I. The Intercessor Speaks II. The Scene (Slowly's Getting Louder) III. All Stoned Day Long They Take You IV. Blind Black Or Pearly White  

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ALBUM : Xperiments From Within The Tentacular
Price: 13€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: ldbdp03gr02
Release date: 2007

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12" vinyl lp / Limited to 300 copies / Lacquer cutting processing

All tracks by GR

** Analog 4-track tape recording processed & mixed by GRegory Raimo

Lineup : GR = All instruments

Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer & Effects, Electric Piano, Vocals, 4 TTR 

Notes :

GR’s truly neon’n’flourescent avant-Street Punk classic XPERIMENT FROM WITHIN THE TENTACULAR, a bedazzling motherfucking gem in the chaotic Chrome lo-fi vein of (get this!) the first two Alan Vega solo LPs through a NEU 2/’Ruckzuck’ filter playing Todd Clark’s abrasive electro album INTO THE VISION in the monolithic ‘synth’ style of COMPASS KUMPASS-period Dalek I Love You. Motherfucker! GR is Gregory Raimo, a mysterious and wonderfully stylish neo-Krautrock master in somewhat the same area as Christophe F. from the Universal Panzies or perhaps Klaus Bloch from Extrem Musik à La Ping Pong. What makes this disc stand out, however, is not so much GR’s use of rock clichés and archetypes, but the glorious low-fi Dr. Mix & the Re-Mix manner in which it’s all captured, as soaring Rotherian twin guitars bark out songs with such mysterious titles as ‘Berlin Corpse is the Sister Damage’ and ‘A Rainbow Damnation’. That’s so beautifully Sir Lord Baltimorean, and GR on vinyl is one beautiful spirit, too. _ Julian Cope

Tracklisting :

(Side A) I. 4 Tracks To Hell II. I Automatic III. The Vessel Bound With Bards IV. Berlin Corpse Is The Sister-Damage V. A Rainbow Damnation (Side B) VI. Schweiss Schweiss Schweiss VII. Déviation N°1 VIII. The Phantom Suite IX. Bullets For People  

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