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Le Visiteurs Du Soir
LP / Medical Records / 2013
lim. edition 1000
Medical Records is very proud to present the much anticipated
reissue of the seminal French synthpop classic “Les Visiteurs Du Soir”
by Mathématiques Modernes. Released in 1981 on the famous Celluloid
imprint, this masterpiece has been out of print since its initial
pressing. Mathématiques Modernes was the project of keyboardist Claude
Arto and vocalist/lyricist Edwige Braun-Belmore. Arto has also worked
with French bands Artefact and Spions. Also, to note, the late French
producer Jacno also worked on the Mathématiques Modernes record. This
gem needs no introduction to the fans who have enjoyed the classics from
this era. The record is a very diverse blend of new wave, almost
progressive arrangement, baroque melodies, complex rhythmic structures,
and plenty of so called “cold wave” sprinkled in. The addition of horns
was not a common finding during these times and is also represented on
this eclectic record. Probably the most well known track, “Disco Rough”
was a single as well as was later included on the popular comp, “So
Young But So Cold, Underground French Music 1977-1983” released in 2004
on Tigersushi Records. It is staple in many DJ sets with its sassy
lyrics and jagged synth hooks. The album features string arrangements
which was somewhat unique to the new wave scene. Most notably, the
track “Jungle Hurt” displays the wonderful arrangements that interface
well with the synth textures and percussion. The track “A + B = C” has
also been featured on various “Flexi-pop” comps and has a quirky melody
accented by xylophone. The final track on the LP is an interesting
medley of various tracks on the LP with interesting transitions. This
LP has become very collectable for original copies and (when rarely
found) is quite expensive. The original tape masters have been restored
and remastered by Gilbert Castro of Celluloid Records. The sound
quality is unparalleled. This project has been the collaboration
between Mathématiques Modernes, Gilbert Castro, and Medical Records.
The jacket features original reproduction artwork on the front and back.
This record will surely need to make a mandatory arrival in the
collections of fans of French new wave, early synthpop, and lovers of
all things late 70s/early 80s. Presented on 180gram grey opaque
high-quality vinyl in a limited edition of 1000 hand-numbered copies.
Bonus insert included as well with interview of Claude Arto by Dave
Segal plus other interesting tidbits.