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Compilations are good for several things — mix tapes, conversations, and, at worst, as Frisbees. (And not very good Frisbees at that.) All Tomorrow's Parties 1.0isn't projectile-worthy in any case: from the crippling darkness created by Black Heart Procession to the slinky tics of Prefuse 73, it's an eclectic and vivid companion piece to the selfsame music festival, curated by Tortoise, earlier this year.

While "previously unreleased tracks" compilations lure us with what turn out to be previously bin-consigned outtakes or songs of nano-quality, the work on All Tomorrow's Parties 1.0 is of a surprisingly high standard. In "Cliff Dweller Society," Tortoise create a series of short curiosities, from fragments of brass-laden majesty to a steadfast clinking reminiscent of someone balancing glassware. Rick Rizzo and Tara Key's "Sinfo" haunts with a vast sense of desolation, like the sweeping bleeds of a painted desert nightscape. With its motif of children's laughter and forlorn sense of artifice, the Boards of Canada contribution, "In A Beautiful Place Out in the Country," is as eerie and beautiful as a long-lost memory.

It's disappointing that the twee sophistication of the Sea and Cake has been electronically rendered beyond recognition (ditto the Broadcast contribution), but the electronic and hip-hop artists less familiar to me make up for it. When one ATP punter was asked who he looked forward to seeing at the festival, he mentioned album contributors Yo La Tengo and Autechre, "who I know a bit of, " but added, "It's the not-knowing thing that's good." That's part of the reason this compilation works well — you can expect the surprises to be rewarding.

The liner notes of All Tomorrow's Parties 1.0 end with this: "In an era when the original artform is now exhausted or in some cases redundant, this record will hopefully restore your faith in music because immitation [sic] is trying to dupe us all." As a counterbalance, it may be noted that my 7-year-old sibling responded to Russell Haswell's glitch-tinkering with a passionate "This song is disgusting!"


by Lee Tran Lam




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