Sunday 28 October 2012

Artist To Check Out: Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis

Article by KevW

As we've said before, a little mystery in music can go a long way. Would David Bowie's ever-changing personas of the 1970s have been as intriguing had they had Twitter accounts and posted photos of their breakfast on Instagram? Would they bollocks. It's partly down to our not exactly substantial knowledge of the French language, distrust of auto-translate and the email we received in broken English with scant information that makes Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis such an enigma to us. A few links to stream some music are all we have to go on, but investigating her website using our GCSE French has led us to believe she was born in 1978 and lives in Paris. She also has an album available which contains some quite brilliant pieces of minimalist electronica, so have a listen, see what you think and then use your (probably) superior French skills to find out more from the links below.

We think the 18-track '334, distance' was released earlier this year, and depending on your point of view, such a large collection of tracks is either a bargain or far too much to digest. If you're of the latter persuasion then don't be put off, this record is a journey, full of exotic sounds and varying styles that will ensure boredom doesn't easily set in. There are ambient instrumentals, a plethora of different vibes and atmospheres to be found and music that ranges from spoken word to electronic to classical. This really is a like stumbling upon a musical treasure trove. And because of its vast and eclectic nature it's the gift that just keeps giving, there's so much to find and different sounds to be heard with every play; it's likely to be an album that retains your interest for quite some time. There's simply too much here to be summed up without our review turning into an essay, so listen to some samples and if you like them, you'll find many many more where these came from.

Alice Guerlot-Kourouklis' website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

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