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Below The Radar 26

Track 1

Michele Mercure

"In The Air"

from Eye Chant

Eye Chant offers meditations of sound as material. Michele Mercure’s instruments are voice and synthesizer, the former following the machine’s lead and language of patterns. Machine sounds become abstract words. The human voice is pulled apart, dislodged from context; a tactile, textured quality appears to reconfigure the body and machine temporarily or permanently. The natural and the mechanical elements of Eye Chant commingle with the ease of a musician well-versed in the social–material entanglements of life. Like the lacework referenced in one track, Mercure’s record alludes to interconnections and their unravelling – all raw material for the musician to give form.

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