PAN M 360 / TOP 100 : Ivan The Tolerable – Under Magnetic Mountain

· by Louise Jaunet

With more than 24 hours of music produced over the last ten years, Oli Heffernan might be one of the most prolific and best-kept secret left-field artists of the Yorkshire region. For this restless, impatient, autodidact alchemist, who admits to making music to stop himself from going mad (while not even remembering half of his releases), quantity surprisingly equals quality and his 47th album is here to prove it. From “Opening Bell” to “Closing Bell”, Heffernan creates a thrilling and magnetic sonic kaleidoscope of free jazz that delves deep into his kosmische kingdom. Each listen will make you increasingly appreciate this psychedelic jam until you won’t stop playing the 37-minute long trip on a loop. Try to uncover the hidden teachings of the afro-futurist cosmonaut Sun Ra, of the antitotalitarian novel “Darkness at Noon” or of the unsung heroine of electronic music Delia Derbyshire. These references make this album an “educational recording from the Ivan the Tolerable sound laboratory” and illuminate the mysterious concept of exchanging ideas across the four dimensions of spacetime. If Great Leaders die, sound ideas, however, don’t.

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