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Best of 2021

Roxane Metayer

Éclipse des Ocelles (LP)

Label: Morc Records

Format: LP

Genre: Sound Art

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An absolutely stunning debut by Roxane Métayer - issued in a limited edition of 100 vinyl copies by Morc Records - 'Éclipse des Ocelles' is the perfect European counterpoint to Henry Flynt and Tony Conrad, and so much more. Combining field recordings and vocal interventions with thick modulating violin drones, percussive and textural playing, and subtle processing, it's emotive, stunningly beautiful, creatively brilliant, and not to be missed.

**100 copies** It’s rare that a debut LP comes out of nowhere and blows our minds, but that’s exactly what Morc Records’ latest LP, Éclipse des Ocelles by Roxane Métayer, did with a bang. Filled with rich drones, delicate textures, and intricate ambiences - all marked by a stunning level of creative vision - it was love at first listen and has continued to unfold with every turn. Easily one of the most exciting debuts we’ve heard in years, take note, a brilliant new artist has entered our midst.

Born in France and currently residing in Brussels, Roxane Métayer is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a visual artist in video, drawings, and sculptures, in addition to her musical practice - heavily focused on the spontaneous - dating back to her childhood when she began studying the violin. While Éclipse des Ocelles is her solo debut, Métayer has been active for a number of years on the European experimental music scene, working in the duos Gebogen Ogen and Sage Alyte, who released an equally noteworthy LP on Vlek earlier this year.

Éclipse des Ocelles is an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the violin, combining field recordings and vocal interventions with thick modulating drones, percussive and textural playing, subtle processing, and a bubbling undercurrent of melodic elements that have whispering roots in folk. Stunningly beautiful and marked with a striking sense of sensitivity, responsiveness, and interplay that feels like the perfect European counterpoint to Henry Flynt and Tony Conrad’s decidedly American forays into similar realms.

Emotive, stunningly beautiful, and creatively brilliant - forward thinking while somehow rooted in the primal truths of organized sound - we couldn’t possibly sing enough praise for Roxane Métayer’s Éclipse des Ocelles. It’s a consuming and mesmerizing debut that leaves you wondering what she’ll deliver next, before sending you diving back for more. The album is issued by Morc Records in a very limited edition of 100 copies, on high quality german vinyl with a full colour sleeve, drawn and designed by Métaye herself.

Cat. number: Morc 83
Year: 2021

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