Achwghâ Ney Wodei were a Parisian art rock band formed in the mid-1980s; their weird music was matched by live performances that saw the band dress up in bizarre costumes and use absurd humour. Their music was only ever released on cassette, but now Table Sports bring you the band’s debut album on vinyl. Each sleeve is handmade and unique, featuring a different letter. Buy multiple copies and play scrabble with them, if you’re that way inclined.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 TS4.102018
LP reissue on Table Sports. Edition of 300 handmade and numbered copies. Comes with insert.
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I believe they call this music dadaist. Like the art movement it’s nonsensical and absurd and also deadly serious. Achwghâ Ney Wodei formed some decades after dada kicked off, in 1983, but that doesn’t mean they were any less able to embody its spirit. This is their debut release, which was initially presented on cassette encased inside a plaster Citroën DS. Do you see what I mean about them being absurd?
And I haven’t even talk about the music yet. Playing something they self-styled as ‘razz’ they have managed to be captivating, chaotic, and occasionally catchy? Essentially this is art-rock, meets post-punk, meets jazz meets whatever the last thing they listened to was. It’s got the skeletal quality of Public Image Limited. It’s got the yelps and the grooves of Liquid Liquid. It’s got always on the verge of collapsing feel of Captain Beefheart. There’s even tracks on here that veer towards techno.
The album is an utter grab bag that is not content unless it’s flying past you at whatever the top speed of a Citroën DS is. It sounds like wandering into an artists commune in the midst of some sort of hedonistic festival. The silly trumpets, the yelped vocals, what sounds like a broken merry-go-round? I’d be terrified if it wasn’t all such ridiculous fun.
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