Ensemble Economique’s the looping, drugged-out solo project of Starving Weirdos’ Brian Pyle. His newest LP Psychical features guest spots from his wife (who reads poetry on “Forever Eyes”) and Charalambides’ Tom Carter (who adds so buzzing, psychedelic guitar haze to the earthy “Real Things”); otherwise it’s spewing from the mind of one maker. As the cover art suggests, the sounds come together like a sort of soundtrack, maybe Pyle’s personal Heart Of Darkness. It’s sweaty, bleak, and intense, but despite the heady vibe, there’s also some levity (see cover again). If you’re looking for touchstones, it’s reminiscent of more cinematic Sun City Girls or maybe the one-man Oakland collagist Porest. Check out “Real Things”‘s spiraling, cannibalistic raga.
Here’s another, “Forever Eyes”:
Psychical is out via Not Not Fun in an edition of 470. Manda Beth Brown did the artwork. Also, Look for a calmer, gentler digital-only single “To Feel The Night As It Really Is” out 2/4 (distributed via Revolver USA). You’ll find more info about the project at MySpace.