Marc Codsi : faded postcards
- Release Year 2010
- 10 Tracks, 41 Minutes
- CD in Card Sleeve
Marc Codsi is one of the main actors in the development of the Lebanese musical scene. He started as a guitar player with post rock band Scrambled eggs, then played with different ensembles within the Lebanese Free Improvisation scene before creating and developing successful pop duo Lumi. ‘Faded Postcards’ is his first recorded solo work and showcases 10 tracks varying from delicate minimalism to powerful rhythmic explorations. Recommended!
“Faded Postcards” suggests cherished memories, possibly tarnished by time. The cover art, a hazy sepia-toned scene from the lens of Tania Traboulsi, suggests just such a melancholy recollection.Dominated by the kind of sustained synthesizer chords evocative of Vangelis’ soundtrack for “Blade Runner” – for want of a better model – Codsi’s tracks are built up, layer upon layer, into meditative aural collages. Many of the sounds used (speech, footsteps, guitars, drums) are muffled and indistinct, as though filtered through water.Water plays an important role on the album. “The Wolf That Got Me,” the second track, ends with the soothing tones of a babbling brook. On “Take Me Where I Want to Be,” we hear what seem to be feet crunching through snow, followed by the sound of vigorously lapping water. Sometimes the resulting soundscapes are unsettling. The opening track, “Faded Postcard 1,” featuring the talents of his former band mates “Scrambled Eggs,” strikes a particularly dark note. Soaring synthesizer chords are blended with a languid, indistinct male vocal line and scattershot drums in a package reminiscent of the more experimental offerings of The Beta Band. The one-minute “Offensez Mimsez” also ends up being rather creepy. A faint, repetitive female vocal, obscured by glitchy synthesizers, is subsumed under a single throbbing note until a crooning child’s voice briefly emerges, sounding like a possessed infant from a horror movie. Most of the tracks, however, strike a warmer note. In a style reminiscent of Swedish electronic outfit Mum, Codsi blends glitch-dominated electronics with folksy recorded sounds.The third track, “What if We Were the One,” is emblematic here. A gentle thrumming cocktail of sounds fades into hearing – clicking, wheezing, electronic pulsing, what sound like notes from a glockenspiel and the odd intake of breath.A slow-moving, gently yearning melody is eventually dissolved in a ripple of sound so warm and fuzzy that the listener is quietly transported. Eventually the soft hum fades, leaving only the gentle clicking and scratching noises against vague atmospheric rumblings.The warm embrace of Codsi’s album creeps up over its nine tracks. Pulsing waves of carefully crafted sound, tempered by the occasional darker moment, leaves the receptive listener in an agreeably reflective daze, perhaps picking over faded postcards of their own.