French photographer, musician and lifeguard Roméo Poirier (formerly known as Swim Platførm) appears for his debut album, Plage Arrière, a deep sea meditation on a constellation of Greek beaches across three islands. Trumpets, echo-clicks and Harold Budd-esque shimmer piano whirl together on these seductive scapes, which recall the sub-aqeaous ambitions of Jürgen Müller or Sebastian Palomar.
'Atsipades' is a keepsake from the song's namesake beach, on western Crete. Roméo writes, 'on the back of a boat, leaving an island. We can see a pool, but that is empty and covered by a net. People looking into distance. A man walks across the platform, hand moving towards his mouth. Maybe he is drinking a café frappé. During his time on the island he was drinking it every day. Now, on the journey back home, that café frappé represents a souvenir of the beach. In it there is water (sea), coffee (sand) and ice cubes (rocks).'
Risograph printed artwork by Roméo. Mastering: Jonathan Scherk.
'blissful and soothing, it’s a treat for the ears' - Bandcloud
Hooked from the very start of A1. An incredible concept executed in the best way imaginable, and it’s gonna be talked about for decades. Every track leaves me with a sickening feeling of bleakness, but I can’t stop listening. It evokes an absurd amount of thoughts and emotions without a single word spoken. jek
This is one of the most moving suites of music I have ever heard. The music wonderfully complements the narrator's story. One of the best releases of this or any year, one of the best albums this label has to offer, and one that leaves me eager to hear Scheible's next work. A difficult listen due to the emotional nature of the work, but one that is absolutely worthy of repeated journeys into Scheible's sonic world and the narrator's heartbreaking story. Alec L. Critten