Boomkat Product Review:
Staubgold, who’ve spoilt us recently with their General Strike and 49 Americans reissues, turn their attention to this hallowed electronic classic from Frenchman Patrick Vian. Originally released on the legendary Egg Records in ‘76, it was included in Steven Stapleton’s NWW list and more recently repped by Mutant Sounds, and its exploratory synth-rock sound calls to mind Heldon, Soft Machine, Can, Pekka Airaksinen, Marc Moulin. Former Red Noise member Vian plays Moog 2C, ARP 2600, Moog sequencer and piano, backed up by jazzer Mino Cinelu (a percussionist who’d worked with Miles Davis, Gong and Weather Report in the past), Georges Granier (Fender Rhodes, marimba, noise, scissors) and Bernard Lavialle (guitar). At times its wiggy, prog-blues bluster is a bit much for contemporary sensibilities, but there are enough moments of refined and focussed brilliance to lock you in: ‘Oreknock’ pulsates and powers towards an unknown horizon with all the single-minded intensity of Tangerine Dream (vibes, treated wind instruments and Cinelu’s sparkling polyrhythms) give it an extra whiff of Fourth World psychedelia; ‘Tunnel 4, Red Noise’ is dark, trill-free proto-techno that stands comparison with Conrad Schnitzler’s best; and ‘Tricentennial Drag’’s is a sampladelic urban nightmare at least 10 years ahead of its time.