Album Review

Camille Sauvage “Fantasmagories” [Zippy]

cujo   10/14/2005   A Library, CD

Many listens later, I still have no clue what’s going on. I definitely have no idea who Camille Sauvage is. Pseudonym for a French percussionist? Is this a soundtrack? A concept album? Is it Jazz? If you know, please let us (ahem, me) know here in the comments section!

The music is very well described as the unholy love-child of Henry Mancini, those West Side Story drum outbursts, and a circus funhouse. Indeed, after the first few minutes I was reminded of Fantomas? Delirium Cordia release, but it veers away from such heaviness quickly. It seems as if it’s played by a traditional jazz band. Half the tracks are a bit ambient (especially 7,8, 12) and tend towards the background, the other half demand some attention. Very heavy on the drums (especially tracks 4 and 9) and random percussion instruments (especially track 10), including vibes (especially 3, 11) and an occassional jew’s harp appearance (6). Those hungry for some human presence will not find much; some finger snapping on track 6 and the briefest of appearance of a female voice (maybe) on the quiet track 11. Many of the earlier tracks end in a short burst of activity. All the crazy titles make the album out to be creepier than it actually is; nevertheless, added just in time for Halloween!

-Cujo, October 2005

you heard it 17 times on kfjc! most recently:
Jack Diamond says

This is a French Sound/Music Library LP created by Camille Sauvage who I am 99.999% sure is an alias for the French composer Eric Framond, who made more than a few other fantastic LP's full of tracks for the famed Montparnasse Library and their MP2000 Series of the 1970's.

Jean Jacques Perrey also recorded many full LP's worth of tracks in this same MP2000 series in his unmistakable style and sound he 1st created in the early - mid 1960's of tape manipulations, musique concrete using electronic musical instruments including but not limited to the Ondioline, Martenot and Moog Synthesizer (not a French instrument) as I am sure Mr. Framond used on these recordings. The electronic sounds are verrrrrrrrrrry familiar

If you REALLY wanna scare the shit out of the little kids (or mature kids) during Halloween, this will surely do the TRICK and will save you $$$ on buying the TREAT as they run like hell away from your doorstep. Hehehehehe. Little do they realize that the sounds emanating from your house/dwelling are the real treat


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