Friday, May 22, 2020

Aksak Maboul "Figures"

Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Avant Prog Rock/Pop, Electronica
LabelCrammed Discs
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 22, 2020
Disc 1
1. Among The Naeporu (0:28)
2. C'est Charles (4:20)
3. Taciturne (6:54)
4. Silhouettes (4:39)
5. True, False, Fictive (1:25)
6. Histoires de fous (5:32)
7. Sophie La Bévue (1:57)
8. Formerly Known As Défilé (3:20)
9. How Should One Read A Book? (0:28)
10. Spleenétique (5:47)
11. Sgraffites (4:20)

Total Disc 1 Time 39:10

Disc 2
1. The Untranslatable (1:32)
2. Retour Chez A. (5:00)
3. Dramuscule (6:42)
4. Excerpt from Uccellini (1:16)
5. Un Caïd (5:26)
6. Martial Arts For Boys (0:16)
7. Un Certain M. (1:26)
8. Ins Bleistiftgebiet (1:33)
9. Fatrasie pulvérisée (3:33)
10. Qu’est-ce que c’est “mot"? (1:01)
11. Tout a une fin (8:35)

Total Disc 2 Time 36:20

Véronique Vincent: vocals
Marc Hollander: keyboards, sax & clarinets, percussion, programming, field recordings, etc.
Faustine Hollander: backing vocals, bass, guitar
Lucien Fraipont: guitars
Erik Heestermans: drums
Michel Berckmans: basoon
Steven Brown: vocals
Fred Frith: viola, guitar
Julien Gasc: vocals
Audrey Ginestet: backing vocals, field recordings
Benjamin Glibert: guitar, backing vocals
Jordi Grognard: clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
Martin Méreau: drums, percussion, vibraphone
Sebastiaan Van den Branden: guitar, percussion

Drawing again from the multiple sources which have always inspired the band (from electronic music and pop to experimentation, jazz, minimalism, contemporary classical etc), Aksak Maboul transcends and reconfigures them with its inimitable style, to create an impressive, rich and unclassifiable piece of work.
 Seamlessly weaving electronic and acoustic instrumentation, improvisation and programming, songs, beats, found objects and sound collages, the album works as a labyrinth, full of secret passages and interconnections. Figures clocks in at 75 minutes, thus deliberately shunning the laws of instant gratification and the myth of today’s reduced attention span: the Aksak Maboul aficionados will surely be happy to engage in an immersive session of deep listening (in two halves), in order to enjoy the album’s many layers and details.


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