Boomkat Product Review:
A label that has always operated with an uncompromising agenda, Karaoke Kalk has had a long tradition of sourcing releases that somehow manage to raise eyebrows. With Toog they have landed perhaps their most unlikely collaboration (although Julie Cruise and Pluramon was certainly a pairing that seemed too good to be true!), bringing together French sound artists Toog and Digiki with celebrated actress and model Asia Argento, daughter of “giallo" movie director Dario Argento. Taking time off from filming JT Leroy’s autobiographical memoires (in which she directs Winonan Ryder, Peter Fonda and Marilyn Manson among others!), Asia lends her strangely alluring narrative to this highly cinematic collection of tracks. With elements of musique concrete, field recording, modern composition, hip hop, electronica and post-folk thrown in to guide production, “Lou Etendue” lends itself brilliantly to that kind of home listening that is often described as imaginary soundtracking, here using as its narrative the 1914 chance encounter between French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and Lou, to whom he eventually dedicated the famous volume “Poems to Lou”. Recommended.