Boomkat Product Review:
The latest in a long line of mind-bending archival discoveries from Finders Keepers.
Jean-Pierre Massiera has often been described as the French Joe Meek and has been high up on many a crate-diggers shopping list, but these 18 tracks are still a revelation, veering from early-electronic style experiments through to psychedelic patchworks, fuzz-funk, spooked-surf, interplanetary-prog and back again for an engrossing and super entertaining 50 minute session. Highlights include 'Songe Mortuaire' - a deceptively straight exercise in classic Chanson that slowly reveals a plethora of unhinged production touches, the cosmic patchwork of 'Mao Mao' with its insane repeats and heavy drums and the soundtrack mindmelt of 'Kriminal Theme'.
"Bow down to the nine headed monster as he mutates and shape-shifts back through time to his humble beginnings in a Buenos Aireian province ravaging and pillaging the music of the European people for his own twisted benediction along the way. This might, as intended, sound a little bit dramatic but if there is one single ingredient that gives the eccentric JPM his distinct flavor it's a large dollop of drama. Add sprinklings of schizophrenia, shock, myrth, and macabre and you are on the way to a B-movie broth with an acquired taste, that has taken over thirty years to mature to perfection. Like all the best monsters, his split personality is the key to his infamy and the secret of his blood sucking success.
To cut a long story short Massiera is, above all, a lover and purveyor of musique fantastique, and is willing and able to hijack whichever stylistic vehicle that passes him buy in order to do feed his lust. For years prog rock obsessives and disco aficionados have wondered if there were two unrelated freak merchants called Jean-Pierre Massiera, but, in this rare instance, exploito-maniacs from both sides of the cosmic coin are united by the work of this singular, single handed monstrous music manufactory.”