Thursday, 21 May 2009

Stephan Oliva - Films (1998)

Stephan Oliva is an outstanding french pianist who began to record in the 90's.
"Films" is an excellent solo album, released in the Jazz' n' (e)motion series, with fine interpretations of some soundtrack music from such well known films as "Rosemary's Baby", "Vertigo", "Le Mepris" or "Accatone".

Hadouk Trio - Utopies (2006)

This french trio is formed by Didier Malherbe (of Soft Machine and Gong fame), Loy Ehrlich and Steve Shehan. They're all multi-instrumentalists with extraordinary musical skills.
"Utopies" is a very interesting record and it has the collaboration of Jon Hassell on tracks 10, 11 & 12.
Hope you like it!
Henry Torgue & Serge Houppin - Vertiges (2001)
A somewhat interesting instrumental record by these two musicians.

Serge Houppin
and Henry Torgue are a french composer duo. They make music primarily for ballets and contemporary dance companies. Main instruments used in their music are keyboards, accordion and piano, but occasionally they incorporate traditional instruments, for example bagpipes and traditional percussion on the album Vertiges.
(Taken from Last FM)

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Les Negresses Vertes - Mlah (1988)

Les Negresses Vertes - Famille Nombreuse (1991)

Les Negresses Vertes - Green Bus [En Public] CD 1 (1996)

Les Negresses Vertes - Green Bus [En Public] CD 2 (1996)

The french group Les Negresses Vertes was formed in the late 80's in Paris.
Their sound was a mix of alternative, gypsy, raï and french popular music.
The first two albums, "Mlah" and "Famille Nombreuse", are really amazing and contain such cult classics as "Face à la Mer", "Il", "La Valse" or "Zobi la Mouche".
Although the band has lost a lot with the death, in 1993, of its original singer and lyricist Noël Rota (a.k.a. Helno) due to a heroin overdose, I've also decided to post their 1996 live album "Green Bus".
Hope you like it!

Roy Harper - Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion (1974)

I will start by saying that "Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion" is my Roy Harper favourite record and one of the most outstanding albums in the genre. Harper's voice and guitar, sound as captivating and immensely profound as you could ever imagine.
That's pretty obvious in such beautiful tracks like the classic "Another Day" (wich was later covered in This Mortal Coil's "It'll End in Tears"), "Me and My Woman" or "Twelve Hours of Sunset".
Don't miss it!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Pete Namlook & Wolfram Spyra - Virtual Vices (1998)

Here's an excellent album composed and performed by two undeniable icons of the ambient/electronica music scene made in Germany.
Track number three, the wonderful dreamy "Deu Sex Machina", is truly a work of art and probably my favourite track in all the record.
Don't miss it!

The Legendary Pink Dots - Under Triple Moons (1997)

"Under Triple Moons" is a collection of the Pink Dots early material, recorded between 1980-1984 and then released as k7-only editions.
Far from containing their best efforts, "Under Triple Moons" shows the band's beginings and early evolution in its rawest form.
Hope you like it!