Henry: The Iron Man

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
In his short liner notes to this album, Philippe Petit writes: "I dreamt that Shinya Tsukamoto was working on a blurred remake of Eraserhead, and I was to soundtrack the grotesque mutation of Henry into an 'Iron Man'." That is the starting point of this album, a dreamy, gloomy, tortured imaginary soundtrack made from (mis)treated turntables and samples. On his records, Petit is usually surrounded by collaborators (hence the mention "and friends" tagged to his name on most of his solo albums), but not this time. Outside help is limited to faithful compadre and fellow Strings of Consciousness member Perceval Bellone on sax and EWI, plus some Chinese sounds provided by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
In his short liner notes to this album, Philippe Petit writes: "I dreamt that Shinya Tsukamoto was working on a blurred remake of Eraserhead, and I was to soundtrack the grotesque mutation of Henry into an 'Iron Man'." That is the starting point of this album, a dreamy, gloomy, tortured imaginary soundtrack made from (mis)treated turntables and samples. On his records, Petit is usually surrounded by collaborators (hence the mention "and friends" tagged to his name on most of his solo albums), but not this time. Outside help is limited to faithful compadre and fellow Strings of Consciousness member Perceval Bellone on sax and EWI, plus some Chinese sounds provided by the duo FM3 for the delightfully awkward, clumpy, faux-exotic anticipation-feeling "In Tokyo Henry Spencer Is Fine." "Salaryman's Dream" (20 minutes) starts off with a great patched-up theme of skipping vinyl, then recedes into the nether regions of tone arm dismemberment, the turntable (Petit's instrument of choice, which he plays in a surprisingly physical way) seemingly undergoing Henry's projected mutation. After the aforementioned Asian interlude comes the final track, "Lady in the Radiator Meets the Fetishist" (13 minutes), where a guitar-like growl gets subdued while Bellone honks his way through a deliberately twisted sax solo. As an aural journey, Henry: The Iron Man is quite an achievement, despite overlong passages in the two long tracks. This album is also an opportunity to really focus on Petit's work and experience his creativity and original techniques.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Beta-Lactam
  • UPC: 753907157826
  • Catalog Number: 220

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philippe Petit Primary Artist, Turntables, electronics
FM3 Sampling, Guest Appearance
Perceval Bellone Saxophone, EWI, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Philippe Petit Liner Notes
Nicolas Dick Mastering
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