Sentimental Something

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Pinkcourtesyphone's debut release for Important Records is titled Sentimental Something, and while the album is much more expressive and emotional than sound artist Richard Chartier's minimalist work under his own name, the album isn't quite as romantic or downright heartbreaking as previous albums, such as 2014's Description of Problem. In comparison, Sentimental Something feels more beat down and distraught, as if it has been nearly crushed by disappointment but is still persevering. The three extended pieces here build up dark, brooding drones with softly swirling textures and faint melodies, with occasional musical textures such as bells, strings, or choirs popping up, but it doesn't rely on cinematic vocal samples or rolling ambient loops as much as previous releases, preferring to take a much more subtle approach to sound construction. "Tears of Modernism" features Theremin by frequent collaborator Evelina Domnitch, but the piece doesn't seem to have the vibrato sound one normally associates with the instrument. It sounds eerie, to be sure, but not in the ways you might expect. "Casual Encounter/Formal Encounter" is a bit closer to some of the project's previous work, with foghorn-like melodies buried underneath a trudging pulse, and concluding with a woman's voice calling "thank you, but I'm never coming back."

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