Album Remarks & Appraisals:
In the words of journalist and WNYC radio host John Schaefer, composer and bassist Florent Ghys writes pieces that "blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit." For his latest feat of magic in the studio, Ghys presents Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi that warps the very edges of contemporary music.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Now, on his Television release, I thoroughly enjoy the subversive simplicity and intelligence each piece exudes. Ghys matches each syllable with double bass. The hi-hat, hand claps, and bass drum give the piece a trip-hop flair. Simple singing with "oohs" and "ahhs" populates most tracks and add the harmonic background the double basses and percussion sounds play over. 'Swing out from Open Position', like 'This is the Album of the Future', uses sampled material that seems created especially for the piece. The effect is glorious and infectious. Florent's music is pop-inspired, beat-driven.
Personnel: Florent Ghys (vocals, guitar, piano, double bass, drum, bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, shaker, hand claps, programming).
Audio Mixer: Joseph Branciforte.
Recording information: MacDowell Colony, NH; Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Editor: Florent Ghys.