For whimsical mood-music that further enhances warm but breezy summer days you can always rely on the French. Whether its the soft focus porno music and midnite drive jazz groove of Karl-Heinz Schäfer’s “Les Gants du Diable” soundtrack, or the Nico-esque melodies plucked from icicle clusters of Brigitte Fontaine, or the rolling and diving strings of Jean Jacques Dexter, there is sometimes nothing finer than strolling through the misty silken corridors of ’70s French psychedelia. Quentin Tarantino picked Christophe’s “Sunny Road to Salina” as the soundtrack to The Bride’s journey from Texas burial to white-trash desert motor-home showdown, and international dj’s Dirty Sound System collect such luminaries together for their best compilation yet, “Dirty French Psychedelics”.
“Berceuse” by Ilous et Decuyper is something Quiet Village would surely approve of, with its echo chamber vocal windmills set heavily in the soft grass of the southern French countryside where a farm house is burning backwards and a funeral procession for an angel glides slowly past.
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Seguing perfectly into tarnished brass Wicker Man territory is the magically fearful work of The Time & Space Machine or Richard Norris, one half of the purple psychedelic paradox known as Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, whose second 12″ spans the chasm between The Emperor Machine and the aforementioned Karl-Heinz Schäfer, cramming the gaping space with acidized folk and “Psychomania” home-counties hillbilly rock, all warped by the blazing sun and flinching like a jazz-funk corpse.
“The Trip” is a stand-out with bubbling Tangerine Dream atmospherics on a low heat and chase the blue dragon through the eye of the orchid guitars and panpipes, and a silent Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg from “Performance” pirouetting back and forth, fading in and out like a mirage on a star studded black chiffon background.
Second half of Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Erol Alkan (seen here as editor Disco 3000) brings on the electrics with an inspired retake of Supercharge’s strutting electro-italo coke-fuelled love anthem, “I Think I’m Gonna Fall in Love”.
Keeping the subtle “I Feel Love” bassline, Disco 3000 reduces the vocals and elasticises them so they ping back on themselves and bounce off the curvaceous walls of a glass disco ball where the song resides, clamouring around in a power-ballad vs. Moroder utopia cloud of pink and blue, all the time restrained by a schematic synth effect stuttering like cold rain on a hot robot.
From the 12″ out on Ballerino.
Mixtape number 2! This one comes from the organic crimson mindscapes of mind-dimension apocalypse, Oneohtrix Point Never and its an hallucinogenic collection of bleeps, new wave and synths.
Eduard Artemiev- Rekkens
Martin Dupont- Just Because
Carlos Maria Trindade – Nuno Canavarro- NC Blu Terra
Model 500- Future
The Shadow Ring- Don’t say no
Claude Larson- Lotus Eater
Doris Norton- Norton Music Research
Vidna Obmana and Asmus Tietchens- 4th Theme
The Cure- Charlotte Sometimes
Absolute Body Control- A Better Way (Sensational Version)
Emerson Lake and Palmer- From the Beginning
Supermax- Ain’t Gonna Feel
Lazy Smoke- Come with the Day