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Zephyr

by Les Halles

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Brian Flaherty
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Brian Flaherty Very pleasant music that draws me in. I hear a kind of charm in many of Les' compositions (here and in his "Invisible Cities" album) -- along with quiet mysteries that don't need to be solved -- just enjoyed.
wizdom
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wizdom It brings the stars closer. Favorite track: Final Mirage.
Emmerich
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Emmerich Understatedly powerful, moving toward a desolate and neutral space, amplifying silence, framing the intense weight of true calm.
Lost Tribe Sound
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Lost Tribe Sound This is music for living in the moment, very little music causes me to stay glued to every note as it comes, but Les Halles is something special. To classify this music would do it a big disservice, as it lies far beyond the pitfalls of any typical genre you'd expect to find it in. Ace!
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about

The welcome and wondrous return of Lyon musician Baptiste Martin’s aerial ambient identity Les Halles, following a year’s sabbatical from recording, Zephyr takes its name from a light westerly wind, which aptly evokes the warm, weightless, whispering spirit of these beguiling electro-acoustic designs. Working entirely with a computer for the first time, Martin’s sample bank swelled in both depth and detail, giving his compositions a crisper focus and finer grain. Slovakian fujara flutes shudder and shimmer, offset with rippling PVC panpipes, chimes, and gentle webs of delay.

The tracks are titled according to their sample source, designated with one of three words that are same in French and English: horizon, mirage, and distance. Martin speaks of these pieces as conjuring “landscapes with almost no human traces,” and his criterion for completion is simple: “When I feel like I’m losing the perception of time while listening.” Nine new divinations by one of today’s most attuned waking dreamers.

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released May 4, 2018

Mastered by Alex Nagle.
Design by Dieter Durinck.

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