TUNE Rone - Switches feat. Baxter Dury
Rone is a stalwart of the French electronic scene and returns with his fourth album 'Mirapolis,' a synesthetic journey with features from Bryce Dessner (The National), Baxter Dury, John Stanier (Battles) and Saul Williams. The artwork was created by the critically acclaimed director Michel Gondry.
Stepping into Rone’s music is like sleepwalking through a vividly colourful dream, eventually stumbling across a strange, scintillating Megapolis of saturated light and colours: Mirapolis. Its twelve tracks/districts, each with their own specific planning, pulsate as though animated by their musical
The project was an opportunity to get reacquainted with long-time stage and studio partners John Stanier, Gaspar Claus and the Vacarme band, and Bryce Dessner (guitarist for The National,) while bringing in new collaborators (and thus, a new interpretation of Rone’s dreams). We find American slam-poet Saul Williams, who happened to be in Paris for a moment and contributes a searing anti-Trump screed; Baxter Dury, who brings an irresistible East London touch to `Switches´ a kind of fan fiction that reimagines the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper lounging pensively in a club chair; Israeli electronic music muse Noga Erez, who inspired `Waves´ which, despite being recorded remotely, betrays a euphoric partnership; and finally, Kazu Makino, Blonde Redhead’s bewitching singer and multi-instrumentalist, who contributes to the album’s closer, the gauzy “Down for the Cause.” It’s legal (and encouraged) to loiter around Mirapolis, taking in its sights and genealogy – attributes that the city displays and shares proudly. Rone remains a producer of grand instrumental pieces, which cannot be easily categorized in the architectural canon of our electronic music galaxy. Hypnotic, cinematic opening track `I Philip´ is an offshoot from the score for the first French virtual reality fiction, built around Philip K Dick – the perfect gate into a city that then opens up a myriad of temporal perspectives.
11th November – Steel Yard, London