A shamanic journey in the psychedelic night jungle. A thick fog of various suspended euphoria. The saudade on hallucinogenic mushrooms. Deep sadness and attempt of escape from a dictatorship of the words and the ideas (the album will be stripped of practically all its words to allow its release) through a destructured, abundant, hazy, nocturnal music, agitated by a celestial wind. A work which in spite of its sometimes maximalist side, breathes in the canicular and ... read more
She got me good, Natalie. While I thought, like her, that "Titanic Rising" would be unbeatable and could never have a sequel to match, she comes back with "And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow", the second part of an aquatic triptych that allows her words and her majestic melodies to take their full extent in a wave of psych-dreamy pop. In almost four years of gestation, the American did not mondanize on social networks. She has read ... read more
Do not trust the release date! We are not here in the groovy-interstellar side of Mr. Ra which is characteristic of his 70s period. It is rather an archival recorded in 1961. Early Ra then, from the period when our crazy merryman still had both feet a little stowed on our good old Earth. It is a very mellow album, very accessible and very melodic; with nevertheless these small oblique and surreal touches which make us realize that we are not ... read more
You never know exactly what you're going to listen when you put a Jimmy record in the CD player or on the turntable. Primitivist folk in the Fahey style? Musique concrète à la Parmegiani (Bernard Parmesan for those in the know) ? Kraut-ambient à la Cluster ? Experimental reconstruction of a certain sweet FM pop from the 60s/70s like Steely Dan meets Burt Bacharach meets Beach Boys? A mixture of all this at the same time? ... read more
This box set is a bit like Heaven (or Hell, we agree) for any self-respecting music lover. It is the Eden for any fan of the King... and we agree on this point; I do not speak about the post-senile King Charles III but well of the Purple King. King Crimson, despite the undeniable quality of their studio productions, has always been a live band before anything else. It is in front of the public (in a context of total and unfettered sound creation) that they have always ... read more
This is a historic record. First of all, it is an album of Miles' Second Great Quintet, so by default, it is a legendary record. Second, this "Nefertiti" represents the end of a glorious era. It is (to my knowledge) the last purely acoustic album by Davis and company. After "Nefertiti", Miles will progressively take the electric turn to end up with masterpieces such as "In A Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew".
When this refined and ... read more
The swamps of the Everglades covered with a sticky, lymphatic mist. A terrible and unnatural deformation is taking place; dragged along by this muck that has come straight from an anti-world where earthly laws no longer apply. The supreme debasement is taking place, with no return possible, transforming the whole immediate surroundings into a divinely withered celestial rot. The trees, spongy and fetid, seem to be made of brownish-purple moribund flesh, itself ... read more
The debut album of the Ngozi family is one of the manifesto records of the Zamrock; Zambian garage rock greatly inspired from the West (Black Sabbath, Hendrix, James Brown). The leader of this legendary quartet is guitarist Paul Dobson Nyirongo (renamed Paul "Ngozi" by his fans, "Ngozi" meaning "Danger"). And yeah, the dangerous family lives up to its name. Do you want a lot of FUZZ in your face (and by that I mean a HUGE quantity of ... read more
Yeah guys ! There's not only ethio-jazz in life (even if it goes really hard, we agree on that). Sudan, Ethiopia's neighboring country, also had a very exciting sixties/seventies music scene. During this great period of cultural renewal that shook all of Africa like a coconut tree, Sudanese youth drank as much from the West (jazz, rock, surf, soul, R&B, Brazilian samba) as from their rich sub-Saharan musical tradition. Indeed, the Haqiba, a traditional style very much ... read more
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Robert Fripp (guitarist/dictator of King Crimson) and Brian Eno (ex-Roxy Music keyboardist/producer/arranger/non-musician of his own) created something quite special on this album; something revolutionary even: using a tape manipulation technique, they managed to suspend a guitar track in an infinite loop. They then added a certain ... read more
Welcome to the very beginning of the Japanese recording industry, when ryūkōka was the style of choice for singers in the land of the rising sun. What is ryūkōka? It literally means "popular music". In the 1920s until the early 1960s, ryūkōka is a hybridization of traditional Japanese music and Western musical styles, such as classical music, blues, jazz, folk. The genre will later split into two important subgenres: enka and poppusu.
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You will never really wake up today, the cortex too full of impossible, result of these ghostly nights where the vesper chimeras and other esoteric hallucinations saturate your whole being. You will wander rather limply in this haunted morning, like the spectrum of your own existence, lymphatic spectator of a hypnagogic void. You will extricate yourself from your bed and will contemplate for a long time the fog ... read more
Often, when an artist goes back to the basics, to the essential, alone on his instrument... we understand better his musical approach, his sound vocabulary, his methods. On the other hand, Sun Ra remains Sun Ra, obtuse until the end of time. This oblique solo piano album only adds another (thick) layer of mystery and incomprehension to the Saturn man's career. This guy is just apart from everything. A true outsider. He doesn't follow a clear path; he doesn't have a clear ... read more
Is your Halloween party turning into a big ganja-fest? Are your guests with plastic fangs or mummified dancing around in a thick haze of psychotropic smoke? Well, I've got the PERFECT record to go with it! This tenth Scientist album (in only 2 years of career !!!) is probably his most legendary. And if the internets are to be believed (at least RYM), it would be the best dub record of all time. It's hard to disagree with this statement when listening to such a marvel... and ... read more
What would Halloween be without a little bit of shock-rock? This album by Alice Cooper (the band, not the solo artist) is possibly my favorite of this group of merry men from Phoenix, Arizona. After their first two unknown albums recorded in L.A. with a certain Frank Zappa and which are part of a much more psychedelic movement, the band migrates to Detroit (Rock CITAY!) and starts to collaborate with producer Bob Ezrin who will make them Hard/Glam Rock super stars. The ... read more
This record by Bašmu (one of many solo projects by a Canadian answering to the sweet name of Xülthys) compiles his first two demos released in 2016: "Draped in the Obsidian Black Cloak of the Abyss" and "Dissipation of Ethereal Mist". Bašmu's music reminds me of the colour grey. The grey of a cold and dreary sky that overhangs a dying forest of emaciated trees, whose ground is covered with discolored, wet, putrescent leaves... a ... read more
Do you have any records that scare you? I mean, seriously. I'm not talking about glutinous and tasteless death metal that gives you shivers of pleasure because of its decaying and purulent side. I'm not talking about the vast majority of what is done in dark ambient music which, despite an evil aura, doesn't go so far as to freeze all your senses. I consider myself a bit of an expert in dark and disturbed music, but there aren't many albums that ... read more
It was during a trip to Marseille. At the dream time of the 1€ Megabus, before the Macronbus (of our dearest president) came to buy them and put an end to the improbable offers that my girlfriend and I used, on one hand to see each other, on the other hand to travel, for almost nothing, that is to say enough not to damage our student wallets. We had therefore decided to survive an overnight trip from Paris to Marseille, with a stopover in Lyon. We arrived in Marseille at ... read more
Eunice Waymon, born in 1933 in Tyron, North Carolina, into a large family. A precocious pianist, she played at the local church from a very young age. But already, segregation and racism hit her in the heart. Whether it is by the prohibition for her parents to sit at her recital, or by the railroad tracks separating the two parts of the city. The two "races". She crosses this track every day for her piano lessons at Miss Mazy's. Like a ... read more
Holy shit, this record is bloodcurdling from start to finish ! I know this collection of old Japanese temple music is supposed to be "Zen" (it's in the title, by the way)... but I don't know... it sounds like the background of a small, spooky village, in the middle of the night, while yōkai (malevolent Japanese demons, with physical attributes relating to both humans and animals) kidnap and devour children under the ghostly moon... Notorious cultural ... read more