Forever Pavot -  L'Idiophone

Self-proclaimed studio rat, Forever Pavot knows exactly how to teleport elsewhere in a few chords. In “The Idiophone”, the art of storytelling takes about only three minutes to unfold. Each composition features the full soundtrack of a carefully dehydrated movie, restored to its initial volume in our stereo.

The album opens with a car chase, starring a scholarly gangster, and indulging in some engineering excentricities, such as keeping a cop’s siren in harmony throughout the song- despite the Doppler effect.

Perhaps it’s the bad lockdown speaking, but Emile Sornin’s place is a battlefield : he’s having a go at every object like family members. A clock is seemingly taking the piss at him, and it becomes the pretext for a fast-paced lesson in music theory and the effects of time on people. Read more…

LP / CD / Digital Album

Posted on April 18th, 2023 under Releases, ,

Usé - Couleur Brique

Couleur Brique, third album released by Born Bad for one-man-operation Usé, opens with a coughing fit spurting on a piano, while a guitar gently dies in the back of a hangar. The connoisseur will rekindle fond memories of his underground hit “ampheta-amphéta- amphétamine”, this time to warn us about the “chef d’é, chef d’é, chef d’é-tat”. We won’t know what he had to spit about to the president, but he’s got some left on his trousers.

Usé literally punches songs, beating the snare drum to celebrate a lover that bites and claws. It’s mostly about boy-meets-girl and tough love in these seven romances that taste like beer chasing uppers, and end up in the back of a van.

Praise be, to the melodic effort, supported by layers of sharp and bitter synths, and a straightforward vocal performance. It’s a ride in forsaken land, beer in hand, documenting horny guys at the fun fair, late evenings in a shabby pub, and dirty sheets. Here and there, when least expected, flashes of unpretentious drunken wisdom hit the spot.

The record is fueled by the broken drummer’s energy, but also a verified writing effort. Those songs will be sung, bonded in the wastelands, to fight against buzzkill.

Once active in local politics, Nicolas Belvalette settled down for acting, recently starring in “Tout fout le camp” where he plays his own role. But he’s at his best on his turf, small rooms and scroungy festivals, where the great romantic weirdo spits on his tits, crawling under a raving audience. You’ll have to buy the record if you want to get the lyrics, because at a gig, it’s hard to follow when you’re busy figuring out whether it’s sweat, piss or beer that’s connecting you to your neighbor.

A fine collection of autumn tunes to get wasted, start a bar fight with new friends, and fall asleep on the counter with no shame.

LP / CD / Digital Album

Posted on September 22nd, 2022 under Releases, ,

Zombie Zombie - Vae Vobis

Zombie Zombie are a French electropop duo. Their work includes re-interpretations of the music of John Carpenter and Sun Ra. Their performances include classic electronic instruments such as the Theremin. [Wikipedia]

LP / Digital Album

Posted on March 22nd, 2022 under Releases, ,

Bryan's Magic Tears - Vaacum Sealed

Bryan’s Magic Tears is a dream-pop band from Paris, France.

LP / CD / Digital Album

Posted on November 23rd, 2021 under Releases, ,

Frustration - So Cold Streams

2 unissued tracks from “So cold Streams” album recording session. Limited to 1000 copies released for Disquaire Day 2021.

7″ / Digital Album

Posted on August 31st, 2021 under Releases, ,