DIY tape experiments and bedroom post-punk from the incredibly obscure French artist Stabat Stable. Cache Cache have done all the hard work on this vinyl LP, first tracking down scuzzy cassettes and rare pressings and then compiling them all in this wonderful package. Ultrissima On The Junk's Moon blends cheap drum machines and playful synths into an unclassifiable proto-electro.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 28 January 2016
Incoming revived synth musique alert. The folks at Cache Cache have been digging deep into the French hillsides to unearth such lost treasures as you’ve never heard, unless you’ve been on the Norman site in the last 3-5 years. Once you get past the oodles of baby heads on spikes (if you can), you’ll find plenty of synthetic noises buried in tape hiss that are more than left of the field.
It’s not surprising that this has been compared to such genres as dark ambient, cold wave, or avant pop. It spends much of its time being a horror movie soundtrack; no, not by playing the chords from Phantom of the Opera in a different order, but by hitting all of those chords at once, throwing concepts like resolve and pleasance into the rubbish bin of time. It’s raw. Simplistic, old school drum machines click and thud to propel the ‘songs’ (anti-songs) to their saturated pop status, though I think the days that anything this abrasive could chart are long past. The drums drop out occasionally, during tracks like the 12-minute ‘Ultrissima on the J’s M’ where Jean-Luc Aime and friend(s?) dwell on a dark sustained chord.
These two embrace musical theatrics as if the record is a stage for a halloween cabaret. An actual Death Waltz. Those label folks are probably dying to get their hands on something like this, their own little Cold Waves of Colour. Fans of that too, check dis.
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