C.M. Von Hausswolff* ‎– L'Esprit

Disques La Carotte ‎– DLC 001
Vinyl, 10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Clear


A1 Alcohol (-)
A2 Ballet Absinthe
B1 Reset The Motor
B2 Alcohol (+)



Recorded and mixed at the Royal Chamber, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1997 except track B1 recorded in Pireus, Greece and Stockholm, 1997.
Thanks to J. Grenier, Nicolas GG and Moderna Museet International.

Hand-numbered edition of 300 on clear vinyl. The sleeve is made out of two x-ray pictures attached with grommets and closed with a small sticker.



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January 28, 2013

One of the more difficult releases of von Hausswolff's to find, L'Esprit was released on a short-lived French imprint named Disques La Carotte. As such, I purchased the 10" sound unheard, expecting his usual clinical work (pun intended). In that regard the album does not disappoint. It is perhaps more rhythmic than some of his later work with every piece featuring some kind of digital or acoustic pseudo-percussive element. That said, his subsequent albums have their own rhythms - either the beat frequencies produced by closely oscillating voltages or that intrinsic meter evoked by the very low frequencies present on albums like Graf Spee (which I cannot recommend more highly) or Three Overpopulated Cities... Either way, L'Esprit generally has a more 'experimental' feel than his current disciplined aesthetic: 'Ballet Absinthe' feels improvised, while 'Alcohol (+)' resembles Toshimaru Nakamura's no-input mixing board exercises.

The outer sleeve is made of two x-rays fastened together with grommets and a sticker - precisely whose x-rays is one possible question. How he, or the people running the label, got their hands on the 600 sheets needed to make the hand-numbered edition of 300 is another. I can just picture them loitering outside of radiography labs in Bordeaux or Stockholm, "Est-ce que tu as fini avec ceux-là?"