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    Fall of Saigon – “Untitled EP” – [Dark Entries]


    Yow, my second favorite (so far) Dark Entries entree!
    When I blindly put this on and closed my eyes, a younger
    less-married version of myself sprung to life and fell
    head over ears in love with Florence Berthon. Her voice
    has sultry shadows, kind of that Nico huskiness but
    pillowy soft. She sounds the way cigarette smoke looks
    in black and white films. The lead off track, “Visions”
    has this kind of western gallop, thin ropey guitar with
    synth chords vamping and the flattest bongos ever. The
    next song, “Blue Eyes” retains a similar pace, and those
    hipster cardboard bongos and Florence smoke-singing over
    circling circus keyboards and suddenly a cutesy POING strikes
    like someone winning a tiny carnival strength-meter, or a
    toy piano. Ah-ha, reading afterwards I find out this is an
    early (1983) Pascal Comelade project. Definitely check him
    out if you’ve never, he introduced me to the pure joy of
    Art Bruit sounds. His composition here is super catchy,
    and boutique sweet. The lyrics may be sour, but that
    just adds to the savor. Two of the tracks are sung by
    guitarist Thierry Den, and his disaffected vocals likely
    will slur demurely into aging coquettes’ ears. He sings
    on “She Leaves Me All Alone” and “On the Beach at
    Fontana,” the latter overlapping himself on the most
    insistent song of the album, despite a sleep-walking
    icehouse drum machine. The closer, “The Swimmer” flirts
    with a bathtub coma, while Comelade’s synths spiral around
    the drain. Totally enchanting, with great moments of
    perky despondency, or is it despondent perkiness?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 10, 2013 at 12:51 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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