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Artist: BESOMBES RIZET
Title: Pôle
Format: LP
Label: Gonzai
Country: France
Price: $26.00
2016 repress. “This French psychedelic masterpiece by Philippe Besombes and Jean-Louis Rizet, originally released by Pôle Records in 1975, is a stunning piece of work created with synths of various kinds (VCS 3 AKS, Synthorchestra Farfisa, Mellotron 400, etc.), occasionally backed up by drums and other sounds. Lauded by artists like Julian Cope and Etienne Jaumet (Zombie Zombie) and diggers around the world, Pôle takes the listener on a trip like the gods of psychedelic music intended, from IRCAMs laboratories to German krautrock; from Faust to Cluster & Eno. The original double LP release is reissued here as a single LP (including download code for original album track "Synthi Soit-Il," absent from this LP). Pôle is ideal for a thorough shamanic journey without any new age namby-pamby. After previewing the opening track ("Haute Pression"), listeners might choose to enjoy the album while tripping, rediscovering that dark and fuzzy side of unknown 70s French avant-garde music.” - Gonzai.

Artist: GRUNBLATT, GEORGE
Title: K-Priss
Format: LP
Label: Gonzai
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Gonzaï Records present a reissue of George Grünblatts K-Priss, originally released in 1980. Following the 2016 reissue of Pôle, the 1975 album from Besombes & Rizet (FBK 003LP, 2016), Gonzaï Records goes on with réhabilitation of French weird-but-great bands. Next step is K-Priss by George Grünblatt, co-founder of the cult band Heldon, author of a solo LP inspired by Philip K. Dick, recorded in 1977 then published in 1980. After that, George Grünblatt became a famous psychiatrist for the next 40 years, til Gonzaï Records knocked to the door... Recorded on 1977 at Ramses Records studios, the first and very last album from George Grüblatt sounds like an instrumental disco-prog weirdness of 38 minutes, where you can find the best rhythm section of Paris at that time -- bassist Didier Batard from Space Art, Christophe, and Heldon, Michel Ettori from Weidorje, and Jean-Philippe Goude -- reunited around the two founding members of Heldon, Richard Pinhas and George Grünblatt. Since he began music, Grünblatt tried to conciliate his two loves, music and psychiatry, alternating lessons with Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and Jean François Lyotard and ramshackle recording sessions with Heldon, where he played synths and guitars from the beginning till Its Always RocknRoll (1975). By that time, he decided to record what still remains his only solo album, K-Priss, from the name of an alien hallucinatory drug invented par Philip K. Dick in The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch (1955). Five instrumental tracks, oscillating between futurist free jazz and novo-rock. Mutant Sounds on K-Priss: "Its a kind of Grail. But its not just a big experimental French record, its also a big piece of French cheese, an incredible record in many ways." Grünblatt signs with K-Priss one of those indescribable pieces that make all the charm of the marginal France of the seventies. After the recording, the freak will be invited into the German forest for a week to play with Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel) but he will finally decide to devote himself entirely to his profession of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst until... Gonzaï Records, 40 years later, did find him to reissue this album oh so disturbed. For fans of Cluster & Eno, Bernard Szajner, Jean-Michel Jarre, Zombie Zombie, and instrumental science fiction." - Gonzai.

Artist: MARIE ET LES GARCONS
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Gonzai
Country: France
Price: $26.00
“Originally released by Ze Records in 1980, the sole album by Marie et les Garçons is not really what one might call an album. It collects tracks from two singles from 1977 and 1978, live recordings from 1977, and modernist songs that the band recorded in 1979 in New York. It took only three years for the band to switch their style from early punk to something more aligned with new wave. The A-side of Marie et les Garçons traces this transition, from the opening riff of "Rien a Dire"; through the bands biggest hit, "Rebop," produced by John Cale; to the discoid "P 4 Nº 2." The B-side includes live recordings of the band playing their Velvets-esque art-punk in 1977. Marie et les Garçons was one of the most exciting late 70s French bands, especially because of Patrick Vidals twisted and repetitive French lyrics, in a unique style that many songwriters would later imitate. With so many bands citing Marie et les Garçons as a significant influence, this first-ever reissue is long overdue. RIYL Television, The Velvet Underground, Wire, PiL, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks.” - Gonzai.

Artist: STEEPLE REMOVE
Title: Position Normal
Format: LP
Label: Gonzai
Country: France
Price: $21.00
“Steeple Remove, founded in 1997, follows its 2008 album Electric Suite with Position Normal, a sound movie that evokes THX 1138 (1971), if George Lucas had swapped his 35mm camera for a Moog. Position Normal is the Rouen, France-based bands fourth album, following a 1997 album on seminal French label Sordide Sentimental (Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division) and two krautrock-oriented albums on 3rd Side Records; Position Normal, in turn, draws its inspiration from post-punk. Three of the albums nine songs can be heard in the first season of Les Revenants (The Returned), the French supernatural drama TV series that won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2013. RIYL Psychic TV, Spacemen 3, The Oscillation, The Soft Moon, Suuns.” - Gonzai.

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