Crystal Stilts : Alight of Night LP (Slumberland)
I feel dazzled. I feel frozen. I feel lost. I feel bound. I feel distorted. I feel preserved. I feel strange. I feel dead. I feel nostalgic. I feel disturbed. I feel sick. I feel mad. I feel unconscious. I feel intact. I feel escaped. I feel impatient. I feel re-created. I feel perverted. I feel redeemed. I feel ecstatic. I feel affected. I feel perverse. I feel chaotic. I feel un-real. I feel astonished. I feel transfixed. I feel locked. I feel violent. I feel innocent. I feel transformed. I feel like standing on crystal stilts.
Moderne : Indicatif 7" (Arabella 1980)
B. Vers l'Est
French synth-wave band Moderne has only released 2 albums in its short-lifetime. "Indicatif" is the only 7" single released from their selftitled 1980 debut album, my favourite one, more minimalist, more gentle and straightforward than the 2nd album "L'espionne aimait la musique".
Both albums were released on the famous Arabella label, also home of M, Lio, Buzy, Lili Drop... Bernard Guimond's voice on the debut essay is also softer and smoother than Dominique Marchetti's novö-styled tone on the second. As some might hear it, the mix has been done in Düsseldorf by Joschko Rudas, the man behind Kraftwerk's "Man Machine"...case made !!
Je Suis Animal : Self Taught Magic From A Book (Angular Recording Corps)
Je Suis Animal are what they say they are: an untamed band. They’ll be found playing in the forest - little girls’ singing shrilly, crying, screaming, little boys banging drums. They’re but a bunch of weird kids fighting and crawling on the ground. “Self-Taught Magic From A Book” is their first album.
The music they make is painfully pretty. It is simple and clever. The main chanteuse sings words of soft hysteria and lackadaisical desire. There’s a Violette Nozières look in her eyes. High-pitched voice and high-pitched claims.
The music they don’t make is equally pretty. JSA play invisible, secret chords. At times, they rush to the landmine field once set on fire by My Bloody Valentine. You didn’t even know it was still here before they lit it up again. At other times, they are simply out of the world. (A Sunny Day In Glasgow, whom they share glass paper aesthetics with, are just a bit further up the way to estrangement and derealisation/deconstruction of the indiepopscape)
JSA are two girls and three boys. They burst into laughter and burst into tears, with the same truthful eagerness. They are both physical (primitive) and cerebral, both tuneful and experimental, which might be the edgiest place to stand. Their music is mainly dry though, minimal: the deficient noise of lonely hearts beating underneath crystal, transparent skins. Bang. Bang. Bang. It is a sweet syncope – a Stereolabian, cool rumour (Beginning of Time). It is noise forever – It’s love. Girl cries wolf. Boy cries too.
And it’s raining outside. It’s been raining for days. They’re somewhere in Norway staring at their frozen effects pedals and I’m here gazing at my rain-drenched shoes and you’re obviously somewhere else, looking elsewhere, trying to figure out what comes next, and how many more seconds you can hold your breath before it starts to hurt.
Purple Submarine Orchestra : Acapulco EP (Martyrs of Pop)
Welcome to the fantastic world of Martyrs of Pop, a world of rainbows and candy sugar. Your host for this journey will be French music aesthete Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe, producer, journalist, pop entertainer and now Martyrs of Pop mogul...
In the long tradition of French orchestral pop à la Louis Philippe, here comes at last the second audio release from the newly founded multimedia label, with this classy 7" by parisian duo Purple Submarine Orchestra.
Mathieu and Nicolas are not totally unknown to pop lovers as they used to be in the band Fantastic! , initiator of several cult easy-bossa-guitarpop-inspired EP's on Siesta and Les Disques Aquatiques some ten years ago... Songs like "Brian Wilson" or "Starfield" deserve a sunny place in the POP Pantheon and I'd wish there is somebody keen enough to release a Fantastic! retrospective CD one day soon !
As for the Acapulco EP, the duo remains true to its unique style, somewhere in between Cardinal's sophistication and Paul Williams ease (think The Love Boat). The great bossa-driven "Cha Cha Cha", is liven up by chords, flute and a charming frenglish! -, "Rain" with its initial sense of intimacy literally finishes with God's favor in its last minute, "En Route" with its ta ta la ta harmonies reminds a lot of early Orwell stuff, finally "Theme from Acapulco" closes the ball perfectly with its glockenspiel and its nonchalant gimmick. It is to be noted that "Le Ciel blanc de Pigalle", a song that wouldn't have denoted on several early 70's French movies, will be released soon too on a Martyrs of Pop compilation along with songs from Louis Philippe, Bertrand Burgalat, April March,...! But for the time being, let's go to Acapulco have a spring break in the winter !!!
Acapulco EP, officially out on December 5th => Preorder HERE !!!!