PATRICIA ESCUDERO: SATIE SONNERIES, 1987

Last week I made a case for the internet’s importance in preserving records that would otherwise be forgotten or restricted to a certain geographical area (such as Ryo Fukui’s discography), however, this week we have to find out that sometimes merely a shadow of what once was can be saved from oblivion. Unfortunately, this is the case with Patricia Escudero’s Satie Sonneries – one of the most mysterious albums you will ever stumble upon, guaranteed.

There is radically no information available on the internet about this record. Whatever you want to find out about the artist(s) or the album itself, just forget it – stressing again: there’s virtually nothing online. Only thing left for you to discover is that it was released in 1987 by the Spanish independent label Grabaciones Accidentales (you should take a look at their catalogue!). The only other thing I can tell you about it, but you will have to take my word for it, is that it consists entirely of synthesizer re-workings of Satie compositions (as its title actually implies so technically you don’t even need to take my word for it).

Satie Sonneries is an eerie record with synths that sound like they used to be splashing around in puddles made by rain falling down a dark valley until a musician one day picked them up to create these arrangements. It’s difficult to say if the murkiness was a deliberate choice or the result of countless of rips to somehow preserve this creepy yet beautiful cipher, but whatever it really was, the quality cracks only add to the sinister nostalgia and dampened atmosphere. It’s a very cinematic experience – whenever I listen to this record it feels like movie scenes create themselves in some distant corner of my subconscious brain but the imagery instantly withers away before my eyes can even register. It wouldn’t surprise me to see an arthouse drama or horror flick scored by Satie Sonneries (and I hope it happens eventually) to the extent that I wouldn’t even be surprised to find out about how it soundtracked a lost movie from 1987. It does feel like a soundtrack.

If you happen to know more about this record, please reach out to myosotisthemusicarchive@gmail.com. I’d love to know more!

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