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ALBERT MARCOEUR

Albert Marcoeur

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.05 | 26 ratings

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Dobermensch
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4 stars This is a very short, silly and yet totally inspired album bursting at the seams with weird and wonderful sounds. Albert Marcouer may have been a trained Clarinetist but this recording is far more interesting than this may suggest. In some ways he sounds like Frank Zappa from a few years earlier but is far more experimental, frantic and ridiculous.

Only the French seemed capable of this kind of maniacal goofiness in the early to mid 70's. Thankfully the vocals are recited in that language, leaving me non the wiser as to what's irritating him so much. The vocals are bleated out like a 70's French Film Star. When he sings it's like listening to prog geniuses 'Moving Gelatine Plates'.

This album is similar to 'Etron Fou Le Loublan' another French band who released similar wackiness from the same period. While Krautrock was at it's height in Germany, the French seemed to go in a different direction completely.

Tin cans, horns, pops and squeaks are all condensed into a fast flowing sea of madness, which gets more hilarious the further it progresses. By the end I've got a big 'Cheshire Cat' grin on my face like someone's been tickling my ribs. Sped up tape manipulation of zany sounds only adds to the fun.

It's like watching clowns at the circus in their tartan jackets as their car falls to pieces. The doors falls off, the steering wheel detaches, the engine backfires and the wheels go wonky. None of it makes any sense of course, but it has a light hearted playfulness that is missing from many recordings from this era. If only all music was carried out with such gay abandon I'd be a happy guy.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |

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