Boomkat Product Review:
Colin Lloyd-Tucker (Gemini Forque) and Simon Fisher Turner (Claudine Coule) rouse their fictive French female duo Deux Filles for the first time in over thirty years, wigs and lippy and all, for Les Disques Du Crepuscule.
Space and Time seems to pick up where they left us in 1982/83 with the cultishly adored Silence & Wisdom and Double Happiness LPs to document their ensuing travels between France, England, Scotland, Nicaragua and Japan in a wide-eyed audio diary encompassing field recordings and exotic instrumentation along with the sweetest concrète pop whimsy.
Claudine and Gemini’s sound is a world unto themselves; a playground of naif yet sophisticated musical notion and surreal, fleeting emotions allowing their imaginations to frolic like the young, coy French girl that exists inside every middle aged and middle-class English man.
Whinnying mares, creaking floorboards, music box melody and shimmering gongs find their place in an exquisite sequence of 24 rustic vignettes and sonic postcards also monogrammed by their long-time co-travellers, Matt Johnson (The The), Anni Hogan (Marc Almond) Paddy Bush and The Elysian Quartet, who all lend an subtly appropriate instrumental richness to the recordings, whilst voices are sparing used, such as the whispered Japanese in Song For Ozu or the glossolalic French nothings of Mouth Popsicle Explosion, and the kindly gran croaking in Pighouse Parachute Blues.
There’s little need to further chip into their sound at the risk of spoiling the magick, but we can safely assure you that this is no simple vanity project or out-of-date cash-in: Fisher Turner and Llyod-Tucker will genuinely seduce the frilly knickers off anyone who comes into contact with this record (and then probably use them to garrotte you during the closing locked groove).