Boomkat Product Review:
Stellar mix of French-only psychedelic experiments collected and sequenced by Editions Gravats proprietors Jean Carval and Philippe Hallais (Low Jack), the latest in a sought-after series which has already seen reggaeton picks from DJ Clara! and a bonkers gabber comedy by DJ David Coquelin.
It’s a right melter in that breezy, louche way that you might hope from a mix of pure Gallic suss, traversing a colourful, yet low-lit spectrum from ‘70s psyche experiments thru to free jazz, obscure ‘80s synth-pop and acoustic folk music from Brittany, where Editions Gravats share roots.
If anything it shows up our knowledge of this area as the only names we recognise are Anne Gillis Jacques Berrocal and Pascal Comelade, while the rest - including Francois Koekelare, George Rodi, Brume, Guy Skronik, Francesco Semprun and Alesia Cosmos - effectively form a whole new sphere of sounds, to our ears at least.
A bit like visiting and drifting around an unfamiliar city without a map at dusk, the mix forms a sort of rambling dérive for the open-minded listener, inviting us down strange alleys, thru the old quarters, to side street psych jams, cafés playing eerie chanson and to haunted bars where the player piano cranks itself up.