Thursday, January 25, 2007

Philippe Doray Asociaux Associes - Nouveaux Modes Industriels , LP, 1978, France, (NWW list!)

The music is a bit difficult to describe because it's pretty diverse. Doray delves, as you can deduce from the title, into industrial sonics, but there are also a lot influences of pop music, free jazz, funk and new wave on Nouveaux Modes Industrielles and the sound of the beatboxes and synths is pretty amazing for that time (it was released in 1977 in Scopa Invisible label). I guess you could call it perverted pop music, because it's as if Doray made a normal pop record and then decided to fuck it up real good.
He sings quite a lot but his voice is sometimes warped into a sort of nagging screech, which makes it all sound pretty dirty and unhealthy, like a Captain Beefheart who has gone electronic. When his voice is not treated he sounds pretty arty, but that doesn't disturb a bit. A possible reference, though still pretty far removed, could be Cluster's Zuckerzeit, if that record had vocals on it, but the electronics are far less rhythmical, more freeform. Amazing record, though incredibly hard to find, even through the usual channels.
This is both in NWW List and a minimal electronics masterpiece!


Anonymous said...

Everything from the Scopa Invisible label is so amazing!! Someone should make a book or a movie about the days of the Scopa Invisible label.

Mutant Sounds rocks and rules! Thanks!!!!

J.F.T aka Jujitsu Flip Trick

ommyth said...

I managed to track this one down in '93... (The person who sold it to me obviously didn't know what they had.) So wonderful. Wish there were live recordings extant... We can only hope.


Anonymous said...

This Doray album is just awesome... ahead of it's time, totally weird yet very listenable. Great! Thankyou!

Jen O said...

I am the most broke-ass of broke-ass of art history university students, and I've been dying to listen to this album for a year and a half.




Anonymous said...

on the inner sleeve, it says (in french) that the album was recorded between may 1978 and january 1980. Therefore, it cannot have been released in 1977... The international Discography of the New wave says it was released in 1981, which would make more sense. Thx for your article.

karkaf said...

Could you please update the download link? I’ve listened to some songs on YouTube and it seems amazing!
As for the release date, Discogs indicates 1980.