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ElMuelle1931 / Europe / 2023                                                                           

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As soon as the needle drops it’s clear we are jump-cutting straight to the other side of the mirror. Cats purr, a woman sings as if asleep, drum machines stutter and warp and Alvin Lucier is not 'sitting in a room that is not different to the one you are not in now’. If you’re already confused, join the club. But, it’s the good kind of confused, a bewildering experience akin to the first time hearing the Faust Tapes or watching Inland Empire. Wait though, as pigeons coo and the tape machine clunk-clicks a gorgeous weirdo version of Roger's and Hart’s Blue Moon emerges to let you know this isn’t just dada splurge, there’s a genius pop sensibility at work here too. Side two takes us further into the murk with mournful detuned brass, stoned Joan La Barbara-esque vocalese and a droning Farfisa hymn, before ending with another too-tempting snatch of DIY pop. Some of the references are recognisable. All kinds of 70s/80s European art prog - think early Battiato, Pierot Lunaire’s Gudrun, Lucia Bosè and Gregorio Paniagua's Io Pomodoro etc etc. There’s a strong whiff of 90s us goof-off surrealism too- Bongwater, Siltbreeze, Royal Trux’s Twin infinitives, the damaged folkier side of Alastair Galbraith, Half-Japanese, early Beck even all feel relevant.

Like an oddball group of friends you might meet by chance and end up weirding-out with for days, the minds behind this deliciously odd music allow you to stay for a while in their strange subcultural world. You might not want to live here forever but a short trip, while it lasts, rewires your brain for the better.

Played, written and glued at home and on the road by:

Apolline Schöser & Thomas Coquelet

With the musical participation of:

Sakina Abdou
Flavio Bagnasco
Bertrand Fraysse
Simon Linard-Cazanave
Ivan Martin
Marc-Antoine Moercant
Seijiro Murajama
Aron Namenwirth
Valentin Noiret
Léo Rattier
Kevin Shea


Bertrand Fraysse (tracks 4, 7)


Manuel Duval
Thomas Coquelet


Marlon Wolterink

Typographies and layouts:

Apolline Schöser

Risographic printing:

Gaëlle Lailler

Sticker pre-press:

Carine Klonowski


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