Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Sylvain Chauveau - Le Livre Noir du Capitalisme


"Le Livre Noir du Capitalisme ("The Black Book of Capitalism," an obvious inverted reference to Chinese communist leader Mao's famous little red book) is the first solo album from Micro:Mega's Sylvain Chauveau. Released to little notice in May 2000 on Noise Museum, it gathered more attention upon its reissue by Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier two years later. It sure deserves the attention: It stands as one of so-called post-rock's most convincing achievements. Using melancholy melodies, light electronics, found sounds, viola and cello, piano, and accordion, Chauveau has encapsulated the full ethos of dreamy, cinematic post-rock music in his album. Tracks are short and ethereal, with evocative sound collages filling in whenever simple Erik Satie-esque melodies take a pause. Titles like "Et Peu à Peu les Flots Respiraient Comme On Pleure" (Little By Little the Waters Were Breathing Like One Cries), "Dernière Étape Avant le Silence" (Last Step Before Silence), and "Je Suis Vivant et Vous Êtes Morts" (I Am Alive and You Are Dead) brush a bleak portrait, but Chauveau's music never succumbs to raw, unmediated emotion. There is always a second or third level of analysis, and things are more complex and intertwined than they first seem to be -- like in real life or in a Jean-Luc Godard film (after all, isn't it his initials hiding behind the piece "JLG"?). Le Livre Noir du Capitalisme is a painfully personal work with a certain adolescent character (and yet so mature in the balance it reaches). That's why it provides a more compelling listen than the follow-up, Nocturne Impalpable."


"Mon royaume"

"Je Suis Vivant et Vous Tes Morts"

"Hurlements en faveur de Serge T."

Full Album:

BUY: "A remastered reissue of Sylvain Chauveau's incredible debut album! "

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

JIMI TENOR - Out Of Nowhere (2000, Warp)

Scaruffi review:

"Jimi Tenor is a Finnish singer and multi-instrumentalist residing in Barcelona (Spain), also painter and photographer, who plays kitsch music to a techno beat with an approach that is the musical equivalent of Andy Warhol's pop art. Tenor sings (often in a sexy falsetto) mocking everybody from soul to glam....Tenor's soul obsession exploded on Out Of Nowhere (Warp, 2000), on which he often impersonates Curtis Mayfield. Accompanied by a 60-piece Polish orchestra, Tenor revises his routine and gives new meaning to everything he has recorded before. Hypnotic Drugstore grafts a psychedelic raga on his glam-funk shtick. Blood On Borscht takes on folk music and opera with heavy metal grandeur. Paint The Stars decomposes Broadway's show music. Night In Loimaa warps exotica. And Spell quotes Superfly. While not everything shines, Tenor's artsy ideology turns several tracks into stylistic puzzles."



Sunday, 3 February 2013

DJ BEPPE LODA - Elettronica Meccanica 22 (1986, re-issued by Invisible City Editions)

Polyphasic Recordings: "This recording is from a legendary cassette recorded by pioneering DJ Beppe Loda in the Typhoon Club (Gambara, Italy) in 1986. He recorded several cassettes in the notorious Elettronica Meccanica style, which is an experimental mixing style that combines proto-industrial, early European electronic and sideways new-wave to tell the story of Beppe’s experiences working in a zipper factory."

Saturday, 2 February 2013

VOWLS Plays Monterey Pop (2007, Polyphasic Recordings)

Polyphasic : "Inspired by Ron Hardy’s disco re-edits, Michael Marranda’s revised literary texts and Richard Prince’s appropriated photographs, our film is composed entirely from footage taken from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop music festival. Instead of using the iconic footage of the performances, we chose to focus on the audience, the colourful participants who we feel are the real spirit of the film. Our edit of the film attempts to revise the demise and failure of 60’s counterculture by focusing on rhythm, participation and unity rather than spectacle and consumerism. The film has a completely new soundtrack by Vowls, which uses the tropes of 60’s psychedelic music re-contextualized as contemporary dance music." Re-edit by Naomi Hocura Soundtrack by Vowls members Adam Trozzolo & Brandon Hocura


Föllakzoid - "II" - (Sacred Bones, 2013)

From :
Föllakzoid began in Santiago, Chile from what they describe as the result of, “a product of a trance experience between friends, sort of a soul abduction in which they’ve been living since 2008.” The band is made up of multi-faceted artists: Juan Pablo (bass, vocals) is a producer of the Sangre Fresca Music Festival in Santiago, Diego (drums) is a photograher, Alfredo (synth) is an architect, and Domingo (guitar) is also a filmmaker who just premiered his first feature length movie “Partir to Live”. They believe that there is some sort of gravitational force that makes South America able to dialogue directly with other places, times, and dimensions. The band have all known each other from childhood in Santiago. They take their times recording albums, generally allowing two years in between perfecting their songs with their goal being to make something organic, that breaths on it’s own, which integrates into part of a separate, higher and bigger living organism.

This album shows the band growing an enormous amount as songwriters, focusing on more developed songs and structures. Throughout these five songs, Föllakzoid craft one of the finest kraut-rock record in years. Let them take you on a serpentine journey through their mystical Chilean land. Föllakzoid will be making their Us touring debut this spring.

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