Jliat (aka James Whitehead) continues to offer disturbing artistic propositions. Following the release of a conceptual CD with a 60-minute track filled with data translating to nothing audible (Still Life #7) comes Nineteen Seventy Four (And a Found Piece From Nineteen Seventy Three). This short EP (under 13 minutes) contains three tracks. The first one is presented as a lost recording dating back to his college years. It is played backwards (his four-track machine couldn't play it otherwise) and might feature one of his old teachers on saxophone with unknown musicians improvising with him. Track two is a short snippet of tape. A repetitive Klaus Schultze-like synthesizer piece closes the set. Is Jliat falling into the hands of nostalgia? Is this a hoax? Should we believe his explanation for "Found Piece From 1973"? Musical merits notwithstanding, the fact that this -- like each of Jliat's releases -- provokes these kinds of questions makes his work artistically valuable. Jliat cultivates a sense of the enigma. For conceptual art fans and collectors only.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture