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PLATE LUNCH catalog #: PL09


Chine Nual - Tomorrows Leaders Are Busy Tonight (CD) - released September 2000



1: machine manual 16:21
2: charityware 10:00
3: more free than welcome 5:50
4: mole bossong 8:27
5: concerning wishes 7:18
6: dream stele 13:37

Total running time: 61:33



Oh boy, am I ever taken with the chine nual release. It's where I hope Cluster would be in the year 2001. Only it's better because it's not. What truly fascinates and makes this cd a must-have item is nual's combination of timbre, pitch and whatnot. One of the most 'visual' releases I've ever heard. I can actually see the individual sounds float beneath my eyelids. It's not multi-layered; it's multi-purpose. There is no extraneous matter. All sound groupings are at the service of a forward, driving, very musical motion. An absolute delight.

from: Peter "Brainpang" Warner, May, 29th 2001

For "Tomorrows Leaders Are Busy Tonight", Rick Kitch (the man behind the project "Chine Nual") collected source material from Randy Greif, Jeph Jerman (Hands To) and Steve Brand (Augur). Reconstructed bits of voice, guitar and field recordings are woven into electronic pieces that stand halfway between early Tangerine Dream and Fennesz. Analog keyboards, computer treatments, even some flute: the instrumentation is a surprising blend of old school and new school. Each 7-to-16-minute track unfolds in slow-motion and constitutes an invitation to (at times restless) contemplation. The music is motionless and intended to remain emotionless, although a sense of bliss permeates through it. Used as background music it floats by unnoticed. One needs to stop all interfering activities and listen in order to experience what "Tomorrows Leaders Are Busy Tonight" has to offer, but the CD does not require (and would be unable to sustain) focused attention. The listener's mind wanders through electronic clouds, coming back to the music periodically. Highlights include "Machine Manual" and the comforting "Concerning Wishes". By no means is this album going to change your life or redefine any music style, but it honestly serves its purpose.

from: François Couture - All-Music Guide, May 2001

"I regularly swap CDRs with a friend...we make samplers of CDs we have recently purchased as a way of introducing music to each other that we've not yet heard.... 2 of my favorites were selections from Chine Nual and Bernard Donzel-Gargand....imagine to my surprise when I saw that they are Plate Lunch releases! Can I say congratulations on 2 fascinating and wonderfully ear tickling releases..."

from: Pimmon, December 2000

Chine Nual, aka the excellently named Rick Kitch, has crafted a slinky, modest album of gentle electronica. The intention is to create an intelligent background music, hovering sounds that don't clog the air with syrup. The opening track pulses delicately like the sophisticated motor of a flying saucer, gradually evolving but not demanding attention. Its title is "Machine Manual" - remove the "Ma/Ma" and you have the project name. Kitch combines a few simple elements, processed sounds provided by musician friends. A silky, melodic fragment, possibly an Indian flute, shifts and stretches like a sea snake in front of a twinkling backdrop. Curls of digitally digested voice simmer over pulsing harmony with a touch of Tangerine Dream. The sound is translucent, never particulary dense, and with no pressing emotional agenda. I enjoyed everything except the twitchy detuned zithers of "Mole Bossong". The concluding organ drone, meandering and glowing, has a sentimental tinge like a chapel organist improvising after the Sunday service. The effect is a kind of absentminded redemptive bliss.

from: THE WIRE # 202 (UK), December 2000 - written by: Clive Bell


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