L. Pierre
The Island Come True


3.5
great

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
January 16th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Relax. Close your eyes. Relax. Concentrate.

Given he's best known for his time in Arab Strap and an acclaimed collaboration with Bill Wells, it's perhaps understandable that some casual observers mistake Aidan John Moffat for a one trick pony. That, of course, isn't to say he's not the master of his own little niche. Weathered and bedraggled, the Falkirk native's thick regional drawl has been all but ever present in the past two decades of Scottish music, his often peerless lyricism lending an insight into one of the most relatable and entertaining minds modern music has to offer. Whether he's fronting one of the aforementioned projects, lesser known guises or even mumbling over old Mogwai records, each and every broad utterance has contributed to a continuous trail of excellence, albeit one that's done little to dispel the odd dismissive rumble.

There is, however, one anomaly in this seemingly endless collection of programmes and ideas - that being his relatively unheralded solo output, specifically that categorised under the suitably sophisticated L. Pierre moniker. Assembled from a mirage of old samples and field recordings, these lush, engrossing electronic soundscapes differ from the rest of his work not only through sonic discrepancy but also their sense of ambiguity, even if they're still best suited to late, solitary nights, preferably with beverage at hand. Devoid of words but for the occasional chopped-up flutter, it's a venture which portrays this most prolific cult figure from a completely different angle, and one which, in The Island Come True, has delivered its finest fruits to date.

Resurrected following a five year gap, this fourth LP by and large finds Moffat prioritising background disturbance as opposed to solid musical backbone. Dominated by the gentle hiss and crackle of used vinyl, barely a sound in its 36-minute runtime arrives unobstructed, a trait which can affect overall tone as well as atmospheric resonance. It's not all dusty retroisms either, as proven by 'Kab 1340,' whose sweeping strings are intercepted by the shrill cry of seagulls and the roar of waves crashing against rocks; an aural scene perfectly befitting the technicolour fantasy paradise depicted in the LP's artwork. For seasoned listeners, it'll probably come as little surprise that the rest of its material comes from a decidedly darker place, with the mournful cello and sharp underlying effervescence of 'Sad Laugh' being far more indicative as to the habitual outlook.

Some passages delve even deeper into this evocative, abstract tenor. The unsettled baby babbles which conclude 'Sad Laugh' (Moffat's own son, incidentally) and the eerie, repetitive vocal cuts of 'Now Listen!' for instance are reminiscent of ploys you'd find in a surrealist horror film, while 'Tulpa's 30 seconds of willfully inhibited silence and the vast closing drones of 'The Kingdom' both exhibit an exquisite command of accumulated tension. It's not a recipe that's about to snatch the spotlight from his exploits as a frontman, but if The Island Come True proves anything it's that Moffat's love of both creation and challenging his fanbase remain as intense as ever, with this latest step ranking among the most enveloping, and certainly inventive of his entire career.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also posted at: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

I've edited the artwork and tracklist, just need to wait for those to go through,

Everyone should be an Aidan Moffat fan.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


3450 Comments


WOO AN ALI REVIEW

have a pos, if you'd like more specific feedback I'll see if I can find time for it. This looks good but I can't shake the feeling this is "indie for the sake of indie" of sorts.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2013


10207 Comments


Nice review, man.

This sounds weird as hell - maybe I'll have to check it out

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

Monheim
January 31st 2013


250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a very interesting release. Some of the tracks are definitely a bit unsettling.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pleased you enjoyed it! Have you listened to any other Aidan Moffat-related stuff?

Monheim
January 31st 2013


250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually haven't. What would you suggest I start with?

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He's best known for his work with Arab Strap, but although I couldn't recommend them enough they can be pretty tough to get into. As a starting point I'd suggest his collaborative album with Bill Wells, Everything's Getting Older, one of my favourite records of the past few years. Like I said, though, none of his other projects sound remotely like L. Pierre.

Monheim
January 31st 2013


250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome, sounds great. Thanks.

Wolfhorde
February 11th 2013


13456 Comments


Good job, this is pretty chill.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why am i just now hearing this. gorgeous.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2013


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For anyone interested, he's just released a new EP, 'Surface Noise.' The title is pretty apt.

ShitsofRain
October 2nd 2013


5897 Comments


Why isn't this called The Island Comes True?

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LifeAsAChipmunk
November 16th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is absolutely gorgeous

CaptainDooRight
February 21st 2014


29146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some feels ear

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still crying



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