Now available for pre-order!
Peripheral Minimal is proud to present the new 12″ by the French electronic pioneer, Philippe Laurent, entitled, ‘Phoenix’. This will be Philippe’s second release on Peripheral Minimal after the infectious synthetic classic 12″, ‘Mithra’. Phoenix is a three track E.P. featuring two brand new tracks on the A-Side, ‘Phoenix’ (featuring Philippe’s trademark robotic vocals), and, ‘Agapao’. Meanwhile over on the B-Side, we have the 13-minute electronic opus and highly representative of his early work, ‘Exposition 4’, a never before released track from Philippe’s extensive archive, and recorded in 1982.
The E.P. Is representative of Philippe’s latest forays into contemporary synth music, but still with a retro futurist edge and influenced partly by German pioneers Kraftwerk / late 70s Kosmische and au courant electro / synthwave acts, fitting into the current enthusiasm for early 80s synth pop and minimal wave.
The E.P. is presented on white vinyl and limited to 300 copies. Mastering by Martin Bowes @ The Cage. Pre-orders are now available!
“Philippe Laurent is a plastic artist, musician and designer. Whether working with graphic codes or digital codes, plastic arts or music, Laurent’s approach is one of research, specifically having to do with people’s perception of signs and symbols. As a multi-media artist, he has always been open to new technologies, whether he is composing musical works or creating graphic works. During the 90s, he reached a landmark with his inter-disciplinary work via shows in France and Germany, by designing complex pieces that mixed various advanced techniques. His paintings, the illusion of calligraphies on monochromic funds, pose a question about the relationship between signs and meanings. Philippe Laurent develops ideograms party figural and partly abstraction, aiming to never repeat the same figure twice, like the writing of a lost continent or of an original language, a code which would have preceded all the other languages and which would have been lost. This game of ambiguity asks the fundamental question of the ontological state of the written language in our western societies. Philippe Laurent comes from a long personal study of the shapes of early symbols and letters which leads to the sublime nature of an esoteric alphabet.“