Sentimental Favourites is Andrew Pekler's first album for Dekorder and his first solo release since 2009's Entanglements In The Orthopedic Sensorium. As is the case with all of his recordings, the music contained herein is the result of an investigation into an abandoned genre or aesthetic trope of the past. In this case, the object of Pekler's retro-speculative archaeology is a particular strain of late 60's/early 70's easy listening which melded the sophisticated songwriting pathos of Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb or The Carpenters with a post-psychedelic attention to sonic detail and was exemplified by such ensembles as The Mystic Moods Orchestra, 101 Strings, late-period Santo & Johnny and countless one-off albums.
On Sentimental Favourites, Andrew Pekler attempts, without irony, to recapture the emotional sweep and sonic grain of these last innocent byways of pop history with his own signature electronic textures, loops and fragments of melody. The individual songs and interludes, ranging in tone from the haunting and pensive to the wistful and breezy, comprise a carefully planned sequence. Enhanced by the sounds of nature between and sometimes during the tracks, the listener is taken through a cycle of mood states which gradually condense over the course of the album into an all-encompassing atmosphere of sentimental reflection. Repeated listening is recommended.
400 LPs including special edition of 50 LPs in individually designed, salvaged second hand sleeves.
Andrew Pekler selected discography:
Nocturnes, False Dawns And Breakdowns (2004) Scape
Strings + Feedback (2005) Staubgold
Cue (2007) Kranky
Entanglements In The Orthopedic Sensorium (2009) Schoolmap
Groupshow (with Hanno Leichtmann and Jan Jelinek):
The Martyrdom Of Groupshow (2009) Scape
The Science (Behind Shoes)/Pet Ramp And Staircase (2010) Dekorder
compiled and assembled by Andrew Pekler:
Sonne=Blackbox (Voice And Tape Music by Ursula Bogner) (2011) Faitiche