Our love affair with RVNG and their multifarious offshoots and collaborators continues undimmed. This week it’s Michelle Mercure and a collection of her cassettes released between 1983-1990, titled Beside Herself.
On An Accident Waiting to Happen, Mercure channels her inner JG Ballard; creating an industrial groove from the sounds of screeching tyres and smashing glass. It’s the apocalyptic twin of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn utopia.
Seemingly the missing link between the sleek German electronic minimalism and abrasive Industrial, it quickly morphs into something more overwhelming. Something not unlike the always disturbing dance music that Severed Heads were busy pumping into the collective unconscious. Here it’s a pitch bent synth solo that parachutes in halfway through, like LA in the 80s trying to burst through the thick European walls.
Beside Herself is out on Freedom to Spend on 9th November and you can pre-order it right here.
We also have a bonus 20JFVid for An Accident Waiting to Happen. Directed by Meredith Lawder it’s a stock footage and static assault of eyebleeding NTSC colo(u)r.