Skip to main content
Latest:
Loading...
Englich - Your Choice Way Sinhala - Your Choice Way

Sponsor


Aksak Maboul - Figures Music Album Reviews

The long-running Belgian avant-garde band explores complicated gender dynamics on their ambitious new double album.

Agenre that defined 1960s French-language pop music, yé-yé always had a glaring gender problem. Named famously after the refrain of “Yeah! Yeah!” that American and British bands introduced to continental Europe, many of the genre’s hits cast teenaged girls as doll-faced puppets for older male songwriters. Certain ’60s artists, most notably the indelible Françoise Hardy, challenged their contemporaries’ misogyny problem, yet yé-yé cast its long shadow on the Francophone mainstream for decades.
On Figures, Belgian avant-garde fixtures Aksak Maboul offer a compelling détournement of French pop’s gender assumptions. Led by Marc Hollander, Maboul emerged in the late 1970s as both globally minded experimenters and malcontents of convention. Their innovative 1980 album Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits begins with a song called “A Modern Lesson” in which a signature Bo Diddley rhythm—the sort of clavé beat that courses through the bubblegum sounds of the ’60s—dissolves into distorted punk guitar work and discordant samples of Un Peu’s other tracks. The rest of the album thumbs its nose at Western pop, mixing in musical traditions from cultures as varied as Turkey, Polynesia, Baka, and the Mississippi Delta.
After Un Peu, Hollander put Aksak Maboul on the backburner, growing his record label, Crammed Discs, which expounds a highly influential global vision of contemporary sound. He also played in the post-no wave band The Honeymoon Killers, an early collaboration with the singer Véronique Vincent. By the time Aksak Maboul completed their next record, 2014’s Ex-Futur Album, Vincent and Hollander were married and had raised kids together. Musically, she had become frontwoman to his backstage sonic mastermind, a transgressively familiar format they bring to the double album Figures.

At its best, Figures addresses a 21st century in which the misogyny of the 1960s lives on, finding new places to hide and new opportunities to rear its head. One of the few English-language songs, “Dramuscule,” features a parodic conversation between a Georges Perec-reading man and a submissive woman. The man describes himself as the woman’s “hero,” and the woman tells the man, “I drink up your words, and I swallow mine,” before she later leaves him or kills herself—the narrative ends indeterminately. Vincent seems to echo yé-yé tradition on “Spleenétique,” repeating the song’s name at the beginning of each verse in a playful chirp before adding a few nonsense words. Yet the title translates to the English “Splenetic,” and the next lines maintain the rageful momentum coiled beneath her upbeat tone: “Idling speed attack/Ire swells in me.”

The conflict between words and music reflects the album’s gender battles. Though Hollander composed most of the music, Vincent wrote all of the lyrics, and her musings are often self-reflective. “La musique et les lettres,” she sings on a track near the end, her next line translating into English as, “Words have ensnared me.”

While the album’s hour-plus runtime is full of fragments and found sounds, Figures is most cohesive when it serves as a stage for Vincent’s writing. Hollander layers his restless electronic tracks with woodwinds, programmed beats, electric guitar, and runs of jazz piano, but the album lacks the surprising juxtapositions that mark Aksak Maboul’s early work, its relative smoothness often giving the impression that Figures’ arrangements are settings for words and voice.

Non-French speakers may find it difficult to appreciate the quality of Vincent as writer and chanteuse. Of course, listeners across the world are alienated by the tyranny of Anglophone songs, and Aksak Maboul’s musical vocabulary is admirably worldwide. Figures is both musique and lettre, male and female, and it rejects a whole bunch of tyrannies in the course of proving its point.

👉👇You May Also Like👇👌


View the original article here

Comments

Populat Posts Last 7 Days

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Review

It's the cheapest Xiaomi phone in the new 2020 UK line-up, but is Redmi Note 9 the high-value proposition you're looking for?
Should I Buy The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9?
Pros Competitive pricingQuad-lens cameraDual-4G3.5mm headphone jackCons Plastic bodyMediaTek chip sacrifices performance & battery lifeCamera focus can be softOur Verdict An excellent budget phone, but unless money is very tight the Redmi Note 9S offers better value still.

Elvis from Outer Space Movie Review

Blue Suede Saucers
"ATTENTION! ELVIS has left the planet! Elvis has left the planet!" Yup. A completely predictable remark you could expect from pretty much anybody after hearing the title of this movie.  Fortunately, the predictability of "Elvis from Outer Space" stops there. Instead, first time writer/directors Marv Silverman and Tracy Wuischpard have crafted a wonderfully original story that pushes aside all caricatures and tropes and replaces them with a fun and clever romp that fully lives up to its kooky title.

How to Setup an AddMeFast Bot With iMacros

Introduction AddMeFast is a website where you can collect points for various social media tasks. These mostly include following accounts, liking tweets or viewing YouTube videos. Register Now - addMeFast

කමු ද ජුජුබ්ස් කෑල්ලක් 🍭🍭🍭🍭 (Let's Eat A Piece Of Jujubes)

🖊️අවශ්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍ය:
🥇සීනි කෝප්ප එකක් .
🥇වතුර කෝප්ප භාගයක් .
🥇ජෙලටින් මේස හැදි දෙකක් .
🥇ජෙලටින් දිය කර ගැනීමට වතුර කෝප්ප බාගයක් .
🥇රතු කහ කොළ වර්ණක බින්දුව බැගින් .

ෂුගර් කුකීස් හදන විදිහ (How To Make Sugar Cookies)

අද අපි කියලා දෙන්න යන්නේ දරුවන්ටම විශේෂ වූ කුකීස් වර්ගයක් ගැන. දරුවන්ට රසට කන්න පුළුවන් වගේම අම්මලට ලේසියෙන් හදන්නත් පුළුවන්. කඩෙන් මිලදී ගන්න බිස්කට් වගේ කල් තබාගැනීමේ ද්‍රව්‍ය මුකුත් දාන්නැති නිසා කිසිම බයක් නැතුව ළමයින්ට දෙන්නත් පුළුවන්නේ.
විනාඩි 30ක් වගේ සුළු වෙලාවකින් මෙය සාදා නිමකරගත හැකි වගේම කැමති ආකාරයට හැඩ කරගත හැකිය. එනම් අපි බලමු හදන්නේ කොමද කියලා.
අවශ්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍ය:(කුකීස් 12ක් හදන්න පුළුවන්)
බටර් 100gසීනි 100gබිත්තර 01පාන් පිටි 150gබේකින් පවුඩර් තේ හැඳි 01වැනිලා තේ හැඳි 01