On Thursday 2nd August, Californian solo artist Ensemble Economique (aka Brian Pyle of lauded bubble’n’scrape freak unit Starving Weirdos) brings his contemplative, enchanting, contemporary psychedelic mindscape to Night & Day Cafe, Manchester. Crepuscule’s Nick Mitchell tracked him down and put a few questions to him.
E.E.: YES!!! Ha! Well, where i live is in the very north west corner of California in a very isolated place called Humboldt County and it’s one of the rainiest places in all of US, where the giant redwood tree grows, the complete opposite of the sunny, palm tree laden California of the south, so yes I am ready! In addition to all the rain, it’s also quite grey here on the coast, so yeah i’d imagine my music in Manchester will feel right at home! Its DNA will be strengthened!
E.E.: I love it, I truly do. I really embrace the freedom of working alone. My work in Starving Weirdos is of course an influence on the work I do in Ensemble Economique. The methodology, the approach, the feeling of going ‘all-in’, giving everything I got. I guess the most striking difference would be of course the fact that I do Ensemble Economique all alone. It’s not a collaborative trip, so yeah I have only myself to blame!
E.E.: Ha, yes, psychedelic. I guess it’s a fair to say from a certain perspective that ALL music is essentially psychedelic. And so this ‘catch-all’ that is now the descriptive ‘psych’ I think is well-suited to trying to describe some new, coming from everywhere, cross-pollinated music. When in doubt, go ‘psych’, I do it all the time! No, i don’t find such cultural signifiers restrictive, not at all. My music is just fucking impossible to describe! It’s hard for me! I think it’s part of the fun, this attempt at describing what is in reality very difficult to describe music. I take it as a compliment, it’s indicative of blazing new paths, going in new directions and this trailblazing, this ‘into the dark heart of the unknown’ is something i enjoy very, very much. To answer your last question, no it’s not necessary to spell shit out for people, it’s just good fun. And in the end their ears will answer all of their questions or perhaps confuse further. At any rate the trick is getting someone to actually listen, tune-in, digest whatever wild ideas your introducing to them.
E.E.: Fuck yeah it is!!! I’ve been a massive Vibracathedral fan for years and their respective other projects are all amazing. Yeah i’m familiar with their duo, it’s very RAD and it’s an honour for me to share the stage with them, i’m quite excited.
E.E.: Uhhh, both? Yes, both! I’m in a perpetual personal transitional period and my music moves along accordingly. I let the vibes take me, this way and that, like the mist, the fog, the gentle ghost, floating aimless on the beach, full of everything and nothing, at once, letting the early morning sun blast me into a million pieces of ecstatic white light, pure, fragmented, transcendent.