"Three remixes, one new track - the new EP of Bruno Pronsato's Archangel project hits hard. In 'Blue Eyes Blind', Pronsato exudes soul and percussive deepness. Experimental composer Peter Gordon cultivates his manic remix with compelling Saxophone. Dean Blunt delivers two new arrangements, differentiated by their length; one nine, the other twenty-three minutes. In both, he spins a manic drum-string-voice-loop, over which a female computer voice details a clubnight under the influence of MDMA. To finish, the British cellist Oliver Coates transforms 'L.A. Teen' into a minimal and experimental ambient crescendo with great effect."
--- Groove Magazine Issue 157 (Translated from German)
released November 6, 2015
Bruno Pronsato’s debut album as Archangel, The Bedroom Slant, released in 2014, saw the producer update the style he has developed over the last decade on labels such as Hello?Repeat, Perlon, DFA and TheSongSays, and in the process, manifesting his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time. On this EP, selected tracks from the debut album are reworked by Dean Blunt, Peter Gordon & Oliver Coates.
The EP opens with “Blue Eyes Blind/This Romance,” an early, unreleased track from 2012. A perfect blend of the percussive dancefloor Bruno Pronsato sound and his darkly melodic and lyrical Archangel aesthetic, the overlap between the projects at this early stage is captured in the recording.
Dean Blunt, using an extracted loop of Pronsato’s percussion as foundation for his euphoric strings, creates a unique 23-minute automated spoken-word rework of “Julia.” (9.5-minutes for the vinyl edit). It details the first narcotic experiences of the narrator (with numerous appearances by Dean Blunt, himself, as a character in the narrative). A 90-second instrumental snippet of this piece was extracted for use as the intro for Dean Blunt’s temporarily available Babyfather download-only album, continuing the enigmatic producer’s hall-of-mirrors style approach that often manifests itself in his own work, as it also did in Hype Williams.
New York Downtown-scene figurehead and Love Of Life Orchestra bandleader, Peter Gordon, having made a guest appearance on The Bedroom Slant on the album track “Steal The Groom,” now strips back the album opener “Half-Man Half-Lisa.” On what is his first ever remix, Gordon draws out the original’s track‘s obscured undertones while enriching Pronsato’s intricate percussive patterns further by adding his own playful rhythms and restless melodies.
Cellist and producer, Oliver Coates brings the EP to a close with his reworking of the album’s only instrumental, “L.A. Teen (Live).” Recorded in an apartment in Hong Kong during the protests at the end of 2014, the Jonny Greenwood, & Micachu collaborator dramatically rearranges the original track’s synthesized melody for cello, adding his own electronics and reconstructing the original track’s percussive elements to fit his vision.
Written & Produced by Bruno Pronsato in Prenzlauer Berg, Germany. Bass Guitar by David Ford. Additional Production on A2 by Peter Gordon, B1 by Dean Blunt, B2 by Oliver Coates. Saxophone on A2 by Peter Gordon. Cello on B2 by Oliver Coates. Mastered by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering, Berlin. Cover Artwork by Marilyn Thompson. Rear Photo by Stacy Bryan. Pressed at Optimal.
Bruno Pronsato, real-name: Steven Ford, also records as Half-Hawaii with Sammy Dee on the Perlon imprint and as NDF with Sergio Giorgini on DFA Records. He has also performed in the supergroup, Narod Niki, alongside Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Akufen, Richie Hawtin, Daniel Bell and others. He co-produced Ellen Allien’s 2013 LiSm album on B-Pitch Control.
Dean Blunt first appeared alongside Inga Copeland, as Hype Williams, appearing on labels such as Hippos In Tanks & Hyperdub. The duo also released an album, The Attitude Era, through The Guardian newspaper’s website. He has since released three solo albums, the last of which, Black Metal was released on Rough Trade.
Peter Gordon is the bandleader of Love Of Life Orchestra, a multi-genre downtown New York outfit that’s been active since the mid-1970s and has counted Laurie Anderson, Arthur Russell, David Byrne and Arto Lindsay as members. This work received a retrospective on DFA Records in 2011. He has since collaborated with Factory Floor on Beachcombing and has recently released his first new album in 20 years, Symphony 5, which came out on Foom in February. This summer he directed performances of Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals composition in London, Paris, Dublin, Oslo, Helsinki, Cologne and in the auditorium at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.
Oliver Coates is a London-based cellist and producer. His first full-length solo album Towards the blessed islands was released on PRAH recordings at the end of 2013. In 2014 he joined Peter Zummo’s band for a UK tour, becoming the first cellist to take Arthur Russell’s place in performances of Zummo’s own material. Oliver’s work with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood on the soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master has led to a new project of chamber music shows in large industrial spaces with the London Contemporary Orchestra. A solo cello piece by Greenwood using the 2-bow technique is also planned. Coates was also heavily involved in Mica Levi’s award-winning soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin and his arrangement of the Boards of Canada track “In a Beautiful Place out in the Country” was produced with Mira Calix and released on the Warp Records 20th anniversary box set to wide acclaim.