new to stock as of
july 3rd, 2012
|born bad (france) #bornbad 002 lp|
“bippp • french synth-wave 1979-1985” long playing record
- a trois dans les wc - contagion (4:26)
- act - ping pong (2:23)
- les visiteurs du soir - je t'écris d'un pays (4:53)
- vox dei - terroriste (2:01)
- comix - touche pas mon sexe (3:13)
- tgv - partie 1 (3:14)
- ckc - 20h25 (3:05)
- marie möör - pretty day (3:00)
- deux - game and performance (3:38)
- ruth - polaroid roman photo (5:02)
- vitor hublot - aller simple (3:44)
- visible - le jour se lève (3:02)
- casino music - viol af 015 (2:48)
|2006 release ; ... clearly i’ve been spending too much time in france recently, as this collection of gallic minimal-synth tracks def. hits the spot, serving up a well-connected chronology of tracks that, even a few years ago, would have come across as parody ... yet sound completely contemporary right now (esp. given all of the “new directions in irony™” ruling the broadband line-waves these days ; witness the deadpan delivery of deux’s “game and performance” - more berlin ‘99 than paris ‘78 - then thierry “ilitch” mueller & philippe doray’s brief mid-80’s outing as ruth - via the sound-sample) ...|
|born bad press release...|
increasingly detached from the original punk formula, the modern and arty youth of the early '80s set itself to jettison an art form that had lost much of the nihilistic and exhilarating energy of its halcyon days, stuck, as it was, in an endless and noisy regression. disheartened but eager to experiment and create, a new wave of french musicians followed the beacon of jacno’s seminal '79 hit "rectangle," a visionary, digital coup de grâce, courtesy of a former punk which dealt the rickenbacker and fender-era a fatal blow.
the cold and robot-like bips of analogic keyboards took over. casio, korg ms-10 and arp omni were the new paraphernalia of the new generation -- the ideal conveyers of its retro-futurist elegance and self-professed cold arrogance. they were pinnacles and symbols which were just as potent as the electric guitar in the '50s or the laptop in the '90s.
this compilation recalls the glory of a selected few, the cream of the crop of the shooting stars and cult bands that followed in the footsteps of kas product, mathematiques modernes or charles de goal.