Etant Donnes Vinyl, CD & tapes by Etant Donnes at Norman Records
Reissue of a 1999 collaboration between the French post-industrial experimentalists and Swans’ frontman. The album sets Gira’s spoken and sung recital of a text by Austrian poet Georg Trakl amid profoundly bleak atmospheres. Mark Cunningham of No Wave greats Mars contributes trumpet. For best results, have a good grasp of the German tongue, though the emotional impact comes across either way.
Two French brothers creating erotic, whispered and noisy ambient, that is what Etant Donnes is all about. The music sounds about as oneirically moist as that description. Which is why we’re all the happier that their 1990 CD Aurore, originally released on Touch records, is finally remastered and sold on vinyl. Thanks to Penultimate Press, which is giving the same treatment to the brothers’ albums Royaume/Aimant + Aimant and Bleu.
Two pieces of early 1990’s sound experimentation, reissued on Penultimate Press. Etant Donnes (e.g. Eric and Marc Hurtado) use predominantly field recordings and vocal work to allude to poetic concepts. Royaume and Aimant + Aimant are each like fascinating lost artefacts, well worth unearthing. Reissue edition of 500 LPs.
Etant Donnes are the Hurtardo brothers Eric and Marc, but their 1999 record Re-Up features some other notable personnel too. That would be Alan Vega of Suicide, Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, and Lydia Lunch too! That means that the eerie electronic backdrops are generously decorated with the finest avant-vocals, with strange and atmospheric results. Double LP reissue on Munster.