French Cold Wave was divided in two camps: on one side you had the underground dogs that were inspired by bands like Joy Division, The Cure, Virgin Prunes… represented by acts like Guerre Froide, Les Maîtres, Opera Multi Steel, etc. And there was the poppier/synth side with artists like Taxi Girl, Octobre, Martin Dupont, Deux, Celluloid bands (Mathematiques Modernes, Nini Raviolette, Suicide Romeo…). AV is definitively inspired by the second ones: the energy rush of the post-punk era with a synth-pop touch and great sense of melodies.
AV is the work of young French artist Adrien Viot and Venus Bar his first release. Rather than lighting candles to his old 80’s glory he prefers to invite them inside the chaos of his generation. The synth from Suicide, Kraftwerk’s DNA & Taxi Girl are tatooed in AV, but he’s far from being one of those 80s revival nostalgia project, his production is current, dirty but rigorous all this helping his cheeky texts.
AV describes Paris and his own spiritual wandering. Often carnal and vicious, his texts have something from Serge Gainsbourg meets French cult singer Christophe.
Desire Records has been on a roll lately putting out some of the most excellent and under the radar, cold wave soaked gems. Debut record from upstate New Yorker TSTI has been on constant rotation, and is making a play for my top records of the year already. Collateral just released their 2nd EP, and Julien was nice enough to trudge a copy of the record overseas with him on his trip to NYC just to save me some expensive shipping. Basically Desire is fast becoming one of my new favorite labels, and they deserve to be watched.
AV - Venus Bar 12” DSR081 is Ltd to 500 copies 1st pressing on clear red heavy weight vinyl and ships likely around the end of April. Pre-order from Desire here.
Desire Records caught my attention with their 12” EPs from Collateral, and this latest record from TSTIhas upped the anti. Dark & hazy bedroom electronica that sounds re-released from 1981 by S. Smith of Upstate NY. Extra props for anyone from the upstate making rad tunes (as I reside there myself). Seems kinda strange that TSTI ended up releasing his Evaluations LP on the UK based Desire, but I suppose these things happen. Check out the whole album streaming, and snag it on sweet colored vinyl.
TSTI - Evaluations LP is Ltd to 300 copies on grey & black speckles vinyl and up for order from Desire here, or you can snag it directly from TSTI here
Loved the White Desire EP from Collaterallast April and now they have a very fitting black followup. If you’re into Italians Do It Better releases, dark n down beat snythy affairs then this is totally for you. I was just enjoying the first EP on my radio last week, and didn’t even know they had already released a followup, so thanks Julien for the headsup.
Collateral - Dark Desire EP is on nice heavy weight black vinyl with black labels. The sleeve will come in matt finish with the texts in spot gloss varnish. Ltd to 300 copies only. Order yourself a copy from Desire Records here
Collateral is a mixed Parisian trio, polarised between synthetic hints and electric inspirations. Qualified experts in melancholic dance music (majoring in suburbian minimal wave and Italians Do It Better productions), they have remixed artists such as Keren Ann, Arnaud «Blackstrobe» Rebotini, Chad Valley or Tanlines, and recorded a couple of EPs in association with the blazing producer Villeneuve (collaborator of M83, Anoraak, Team Ghost…). First one will be released in April 2012 by desire. Performing live, they can rely on their monomaniac friend Rolande, devoted rhythm machine.
Not surprised to see the connection to Italians Do it Better. These two tracks have a grand atmospheric feel, something sounding in between IDIB & a Minimal Waverelease but more haunting. Track two picks up the beat more, and almost has that electro dance balad sound of Glass Candy. Stellar single through and through, and as a bonus there are super limited (25 to be exact) quantities of curated mixtape to accompany it with an exciting track list featuring many more unknown artists than recognized, at least by myself. Check out the full track list below:
Collateral - Ctrl 5 / Ctrl 312” is on sexy white vinyl housed in a white on white printed sleeve, Ltd to 300 copies and can be pre-ordered here directly
Mixtape tracklisting: Side A: Cöld Kas Product The Knife Ya Ya Choral Deux Det Gylne Triangle Villeneuve Severed Heads Kindness Dark Day Suicide Dawd AraabMuzik Collateral (Team Ghost remix)
Side B: Pop Mathematiques Modernes Glass Candy Gina X Performance Linear Movement Collateral (Aaaliyah cover) Debbie Neon Elli & Jacno Pointer Sisters Ashanti
The eponymous debut album of the Rayographs was recorded by legendary underground producer John Hannon at a studio in a farm in Essex.Dense in its variety, shifting through urgent riffs, nightmarish, hollowed out 60s pop and looped narrative, the songs are deeply personal in their biographical fortitude.Rayographs is an album emblazoned by heroines.
Rayographs have carved out their own distinctive sound which taps into a dark shimmering psychedelia: blue like petrol, kaleidoscopic with flecks of colour throughout. The songs have an odd timeless quality that yearn for absent cinematic visuals. Swooping, atmospheric vocals, stream-of-consciousness vignettes encased in 60s garage hooks. Rayographs are Astrud Steehouder (guitar/ vocals), Jessamine Tierney (bass/ vocals) and Amy Hurst (drums/ occasional vocals).
Very excited to hear some dark Lynchian tunes from Rayographs for the first time. I stumbled on Desire Records from their Soft Metals 7” release (hint hint SM LP please…), and its always refreshing to become acquainted with a new label, a new friend. Unfortunately only the compact disc is available, but rest assured vinyl following by end of June. Check more jewels from this label here, and keep and eye out for the Rayographs s/t LP very soon…
Update: You can pre-order the Rayographs s/t LP here. Ltd to only 300 copies on colored vinyl.
I have some sort of ebola/death plague strain that’s been killing me all weekend. Here’s some organ filled dark music fitting for how I’ve been feeling.
So I mentioned a couple weeks back that Soft Metals have a new 7” and mine arrived this weekend. The new 7” split is with Jewels Of The Nile is up for sale from Desire Records. Soft Metals is covering Hot On The Heels Of Love by industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle while Jewels Of The Nile is doing Deathwish by deathrock pioneers Christian Death. Limited to 300 copies on grey vinyl, secure your copy here. The grey vinyl is very unique & I quite fancy it.