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Now Hear This: Nicolas Repac | Rhapsodic

The Paris ethnomusicologist breathes new life into Charles Duvelle's sonic archives.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Nicolas Repac is pursuing the dreamlike magic of his art of sampling with his new album Rhapsodic. The musician plunged into musicologist Charles Duvelle’s pioneering field recordings, in order to deconstruct and revisit rare music archives gleaned from all over the world.

Repac ventures into the craziest sonic and stylistic pileups adding voices, rhythms and traditional music from every world. He offers some rhapsodies of multicoloured sounds and instrumentals, revisited through the prism of electronic music. He liberates himself from all ethnomusicological coherence to speak directly to the soul and imagination of his listeners — beyond the frontiers of time and space. Grafting heady grooves of traditional percussion from Benin onto sub-Saharan violin refrains, interweaving them with Mongolian morin khuur on a bed of pygmy mouth-bow, Nicolas Repac leads us on the most captivating of immobile journeys, to the heart of the most intimate impulses, the most human pulse.”