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by La Belle Aurore

A shy, smart, lo-fi artrock libretto of rough hewn collages and smooth soothing psychedelic textures.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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Album Notes
"Low-fi art-rock sounds like a cliché" smiles la belle aurore's Matthew Ritenburg. "How can I say anything about my music without sounding like a broken record?" With that wry pun aside, there is plenty of fresh prose to describe la belle aurore. "People have called my music distant and surreal." Beams Matthew. "Given the current global scene, how could a rational person not be retreating into a comforting world of dreams?" How better to express a world of dreams than through modernized electro-acoustic music? On one hand, la belle aurore's debut revolve is laced with whacked-out analog modular synthesis and on the other, revolve resounds with transcendental guitar rock dribbled on canvas with a brush found in Syd Barret's art school locker. Matthew adds: "I like to juxtapose elements from all of my influences without being too obvious. I tip my hat here and throw a knowing wink there. For the most part I consider revolve to be a shy, smart lo-fi art-rock libretto of rough-hewn collages and smooth soothing psychedelic textures."



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Arkwright Review

Atmospheric, introspective and yet...
Few albums manage to carry a feeling and communicate purpose as well as LBA. Many artists claim to have themes or stories that guide their construction of an album. Usually what this means is a bland monotonal landscape of overly self-quotational songs that carry little real emotion. LBA has assembled here a rich texture and variety of themes and influences that converge to form an eerie, joyful, brooding emotional payday. While I personally have not yet been able to fathom the fullness of the artist's intent I have managed to enjoy the trying and have been challenged on so many levels by the musicality and intensity of each track.

Michael Henningsen for The Alibi

blissed-out strands of single note melodies
With nods to pretty much the entire stable of art rock outfits past and present, La Belle Aurore (a.k.a. Matthew Ritenberg) has created a disc that's alternately troubling (a la Syd Barrett's solo work) and joyously insane (a la Roky Erickson's pre-acid burnout days). Then there are the snippets of analog synth passages that sound like outtakes from Jean-Michel Jarre's Revolutions. Revolve. Revolutions. Coincidence? The guitar playing is just as quizzical as the rest of the album, with sheets of atonal feedback-driven wank giving way to blissed-out strands of single note melodies. Revolve is Interesting and creepy all at once.