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Francis Plagne  
Asleep in a beached boat

blickwinkel 10  10.05.2024  LP/Digital

blickwinkel welcomes composer and multi-instrumentalist Francis Plagne to the label with a reissue of Asleep in a beached boat, an album that was initially released on his own Mould/Mouse Museum label in 2021 on cassette. The album was mostly given away to friends but now gets a wider release through a limited vinyl and digital edition on May 24.

Gentle melodies set an airy atmosphere and are intertwined with tensive dialogues between rhythms and textures coming from a wide array of acoustic and electronic instruments. Stylistically somewhere in between his Rural Objects (Hobbies Galore/Black Truffle) and Udge (Horn of Plenty), on the eleven tracks on this album we hear Plagne in his most playful way to date.

Francis Plagne © Jelle Martens

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Side B


Recorded at home, late 2020 – early 2021
Mastered by Mikey Young
Title is taken from Tom Raworth’s ‘Going Away Poem for Lee Harwood’ (The Bi Green Day, 1968)
Drawing and design by Jelle Martens
First self-released as an edition of 50 cassettes in 2021

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© Rudi Williams

Francis Plagne is a musician from Melbourne, Australia whose work swings between songwriting and a variety of other approaches, including group improvisation, instrumental abstraction, and domestic musique concrète. He performed live regularly since 2005 and has released recordings on labels such as Black Truffle, Horn of Plenty, Kye Records, Penultimate Press and his own Mould/Mouse Museum micro-label. In addition to performing his own work either solo or with a band, he has performed and recorded in improvised and other arrangements with Tetuzi Akiyama, Oren Ambarchi, Andrew Chalk, Crys Cole, James Rushford, and Joe Talia, among others.

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