Boomkat Product Review:
**Canny collection of early, pioneering French synth wave. Semi-opaque vinyl** "Atom Cristal is one of these bands that have been completely forgotten by the whole history of electronic music. Its adventure started out in 1974, in the town of Puteaux, where they attended the birth of La Défense, the archetype of the modern Parisian districts. As a fan of kraut and psych rock, Jean-Pierre Chatté bought one of the first EMS synthesizers for sale in Paris, and met soon after the sound engineer Michel Goujon. This is how their long friendship and musical affinity was born. During the 70s, they played in Paris and in the rest of France (Tours, Angers, Saintes...), notably sharing the stage with Richard Pinhas (Heldon) and Didier Malherbe (Gong). Chatté and Bernard Filipetti (Camizole, Art & Technique) founded the A.M.E group (standing for workshop for electronic music in French), but like nearly all the underground french bands of these days, they could not release any record. Atom Cristal, which was to become Satellite, was a bunch of pals keen on jamming in Chatté's cellar, and who gravitated around the association "Défense Musique". Michel Alonso (guitar), Jean-Yves Brenner (guitar, keyboards), Didier Duriez (saxophone), Hughes and Bertrand Gratton (guitar and drums, drum machine), Serge Lafosse (keyboards), Marc Puzio (bass), and Jean-Luc Simonet (guitar), all of whom had various musical influences, brought some emulation and an eclecticism that developed into several bands throughout the years: Force de Frappe, Guignolos, XXe siècle...flexible and instable groupings whose music evolved from psych rock to synth wave. It is only in the early 80s that they released their first two cassettes and a maxi vinyl, as well as a track on the compilation Paris-Tokyo. At the origin of these three issues was the cassette label Tago Mago, directed by an old friend of Chatté, Pascal Bussy. In relation with the underground scene of the decade, they released a cover of Ptôse's "Boule", rubbed shoulders with The Legendary Pink Dots, Ding Dong Tapes, toured in Holland and figured on one of Mark Lane's compilations (Onslaught magazine n°6). The group split in 1994, only to resurrect in 2012 at the instigation of Bertrand Gratton. Forty years later, it is high time to pay homage to these overly humble pioneers."