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- Hysterie Off Music by Ghedalia Tazartes
9/10 Mike Staff review, 13 August 2014
Here's a gem from legendary eccentric Ghedalia Tazartes, 'Hysterie of Music' originally came out on CD in 2007 but here is pressed on vinyl for the first time by the excellent Holidays in an edition of 350. It's got a very classy-looking embossed sleeve.
Curiously, the tracks on the two sides are simply called 'Soul-1' to 'Soul-5' and 'Country-1' to 'Country-5', along with two more tracks, 'Jazz' closing side A and 'Bonus' closing the flip. It quickly becomes clear that these generic titles are deliberately misleading and Tazartes is up to his usual distinctive madcap antics. As always with Tazartes it's very difficult to describe what's going on here as it changes around a lot, sometimes he's conjuring up dense synth ambience with crunching industrial samples, the next he's doing some of his wild yelping, howling vocalisations or carving out hallucinatory fuzz guitar loops or serenading us in French along to some frazzled wah-strumming.
I particularly like 'Country-2''s little blast of dirty electric guitar riffing, which descends into a bouncy call-and-response between the guitar filth and little snippets of sampled orchestral strings. The 11-minute 'Country-4' is great too, with GT stretching out into cosmic ambient territory, but failing to resist the temptation to throw in subtle oddball touches throughout like weird processed beatboxing and dizzy synth squiggles. As usual from Mr Tazartes this LP is an anarchic mixture of beauty, grotesqueness and wit that'll have you scratching your head for listen after listen. Really wonderful.
LIYL Nobody in the world sounds like Ghedalia Tazartes do they? Maybe Pete Um or that other English guy with the silly name who does ambitious weirdpop stuff...I hope you know who I mean. He's got a funny moustache. That guy.
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