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Optimo Music ally Julienne Dessagne aka Fantastic Twins commits three highlights of her live show to wax for the righteous Against Fascism Trax
Inspired by the fundamental right to dance, Fantastic Twins plays out three infectiously pulsating workouts that say their piece in no uncertain terms. ‘Why Are You Here?’ is a stealthily powerful Italo disco roller gassed on layered arps and head-high melodies; ‘Wrong Place Wrogn Time Wrong People’ is more locked-in, latinate, and primed for dancing in altered states; and ‘Stunden Lang (Lost In Germany)’ offers a dreamy kosmiche utopianism, beautifully sung in German, then pushed with happy clapping rhythms.
“Why are we here if we can’t dance? That reminds me of the words of Pina Bausch “Dance, dance or we are lost”. Lost in our internal struggles as individuals (or imaginary twins). Lost in a society where our relation to the other is often marked by fear, power or violence. We feel the need to resist. Yet nowadays, taking a political stance as an artist is too often being instrumentalised as another tactics or accessory to gather more popularity, reducing the political message to nothing else but a branding attempt. Isn’t it anyway the power of capitalism to assimilate everything, even contradictory or once-upon-a-time subversive voices? All to end up on a “Rave” or “Feminist” H&M t-shirt. Slogans that have been emptied of their initial force and substance, now replaced by their commercial value. I strongly doubt that more empty words poured in vain on social media will help us much. But, like Pina Bausch, like JD Twitch, I have always firmly believed in dancing as a physical, social and fundamental act that leads us to share a common space with others and embrace otherness. Standing together, dancing together when everything else forces us to divide. May the music on this EP be, I hope, a possible answer to its own title. - Fantastic Twins”