Revised version : some tracks tracks have been slightly shortened.
Press note : Galerie Stratique expands his sonic palette with a fascinating album that floats in strange, exotic ambiance from acoustic textures. This visceral experience is made from improbable instruments, complex rhythms, broken loops, and complex rustlings merged in a jarring audio flow. Eschewing current styles, Galerie Stratique creates a beautiful, cathartic work of art.
Should please fans of Pierre Henry, Four Tet, Alog, Susumu Yokota, Svalastog, Bird Show, Giuseppe Ielasi and No Neck Blues Band.
Some reviews :
All Music Guide (rated 4 stars, album pick) : "Somewhere between electronica and sound art, deep and abstract yet colorful, bouncy at times and thoroughly captivating, Faux World provides a thrilling listen and stands as a very strong artistic statement from Beullac. Highly recommended."
Exclaim! (mark of excellence) : "There are many ways to incorporate exotic instruments into experimental music but I’ve not heard any that are as immediately striking and beautiful as Galerie Stratique’s Faux World."
Nightlife Montréal : "There's nothing cute or hippy tribal here - it's the quite and erratic rhythm of a world disintegrating, not coming together. This is elegant, deep listening music that's rich with percussion, achingly haunting tones, and washes of immersive sound, emerging melodies and moments of transcendence. [...] An interesting, highly listenable experimental album. "
Textura : "By embracing atonality, micro-polyphony, and chance alignments (created by combining loops set at different speeds and pitches) as working strategies, Beullac liberated the material from adherence to existing styles or genres. [...] what could have become overly complex and alienating instead turns out to be surprisingly accessible. [...] What one encounters are succinct statements of acoustic sound that conceivably could have been produced by a newly-discovered tribe cut off from other cultures for generations."
Electronic Music Review : "...reeks of raw imagination and vision, as each track fully commits to very bizarre and eclectic sounds."
Bande à part (noté 8/10) : "Bientôt rattrapé par cette impression de cauchemar, de peur latente, d’un puits directement creusé dans l’inconscient, on se dit que ce Galerie Stratique a parfois des éclairs de génie."
EtherREAL (noté 7/8) : "...riche en surprises et émerveillements."
released 19 August 2008
composed and produced by Charles-Émile Beullac
Many sounds have been recorded in collaboration with Raphaël Simard - who also played some instruments on the record (mostly percussions).
artwork : Yves Poulin
graphic design : Annie Picard
mastering : Louis Dufort
Drawing on a broad spectrum of musical styles from moody electronica to sound art, Galerie Stratique seeks to explore new fields of music through unconventional methods. His music continues to evolve through critical acclaim and a growing fan base.