Canada - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 10 - 08/18/97
Pilgrims Of The Mind
What's Your Shrine?
Of the many genres and subgenres that are lumped under the umbrella of
electronic music, one that I haven't explored much is house. This is
sort of ironic since some of my earliest exposure to electronic dance
music (aside from UK/Euro synthpop) was via a stack of house records
that a friend brought back from a visit with relatives in Chicago, the
city that birthed the style. Since then, I've sampled from many plates -
industrial dance, new beat, acid, hip-hop, techno, trance, and so on -
but never developed much of a taste for the house sound.
But that's been changing recently. Visits to used record shops have seen
me picking up battered vinyl copies of classics like Jack Your Body
and House Nation, and recent house-influenced tracks from Patrick
Lidsey, Daft Punk, Global Communication and others have been hitting my
stereo quite regularily.
Which leads me to What's Your Shrine?, the debut full length release
from Pilgrims Of The Mind, aka Stephane Novak. Sort of. What I mean to
say is that this is not a straight-forward house record. It's more of a
musical stew, with ingredients including house, dub, trip-hop, ambient,
and even a bit of jazz. It moves from tracks like the slow, dubby
Sandcastle, to the laid-back and jazzy Nothing Can Pull Us Apart, to
the full-on dance action of My Baby Likes Rum. But even with all of
Novak's genre jumping, a deep and soulful house influence seems to be a
unifying factor which ensures a sense of consistancy. As a result, what
could've been merely a collection of good but disconnected tracks is
instead an inspired and solid album of fresh electronic groove music.
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Copyright © 1997 Greg Clow