…drowned out… is built around four albums, three of which I have stumbled upon in the crates of second-hand record shops, in London. It seeks to illustrate some processes – most of which are unconscious – that feed into clichés and deep-rooted prejudices, mixing ‘superiority’ and ‘condescension’ of the West over the ‘rest of the world’. Those different discographic discoveries triggered the idea of this sound project, which is to bring together these scattered items, or traces of a political and ideological domination attitude as well as of a cultural appropriation mindset. …drowned out… questions those recordings as well as the discourse and rhetoric around them. The underlying ideal of universality and notions of authenticity, folklore, and preservation get shaken by this shift of perspective.
DROWNED OUT is released on vøid label under the reference VØID0004