Boomkat Product Review:
Philippe Besombes and Jean-Louis Rizet’s hugely sought-after French kosmiche beauty returns from orbit to vinyl for the first time in 40 years, trimming and resequencing the original 2LP to feature five of the seven original tracks, one in edited form, and on a single platter.
It’s proper space music gilded with a sort of misty Gallic romance, rightly touted as “somewhere between Heldon and kosmiche Krautrock” and related by connection to NWW-listed Paul Putti’s Pôle band and record label, who first released the full album in 1975.
Fashioned from stacks of synths and keyboards - Synthorchestra Farfisa, FY 1 Yamaha, Expender Oberheim, Stringensemble Solina, Crumor electric piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond Organ and Mellotron 400 - it’s one of those records that far transcends its input to touch on something deeply mystical with a real, tangible magick in the air.
It also grooves like a proper good’un, picking up some serious momentum with the motorik arpeggios, splashing percussion and free-wheeling keyboard expressions of Haute Pression to fall headlong into the deep space quadrants of Armature double which is sadly edited just after the 18 minute original’s halfway point, whilst the B-side presents three shorter original in all their glory; reaching out from the swallow-diving flute and abyssal synth strokes of Evelyse to the album’s other dancefloor-ready zinger, Lundi Matin, and the sashaying astral waltz of Montélimar.
A total must for the kosmic kids and bearded dreamers...