Boomkat Product Review:
Reines d'Angleterre is the fantastically far-fetched collaboration between fascinating outsider musician Ghédalia Tazartès and two young Parisians, El-g and Jo aka Opéra Mort. The group have reputedly disbanded now, but this 2010 LP serves testament to the alluring alchemy of their time together, mixing the improvised and unimpeded vocal ecstasies and wild imagination of Tazartès with the duo's hallucinatory and darkly affected electronics. Their music is mysterious, magical; an antidote to stale pop forms and stultifying academic discipline, instinctively experimental and instantly transporting. The record opens to severely darkside synths and brooding death march percussion with Ghédalia scraping the lower registers searching for lost souls, to be joined by stranger voices in an cloud like opera of banking synths and wheezing accordion. Thusly a weird carnival of midi melodies, squawks and whistles ensues, accumulating wrenched yelps and what sounds like Tibetan throat singing. Into the wilds of the B-side the second act and the madness is gripping; sound poetry collides with jabbing folk instrumentation and dynamic electro-acoustic synth designs; excerpts of live shows reveal a miasma of urgent incantations and slashing strings, sweeping us far out to sea and their strange island of f**ked up esoteric sound and "inexplicable ethnic residue". Unimaginable stuff. Well recommended!
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