KAS Product “Try Out” (DSA/Forced Exposure) CD
ophelia necro 5/23/2006 A Library
French new wave pioneers KaS Product’s “Try Out” is a fascinating album that has been out of print since 1982 (the album never had a release in the United States). KaS Product was the result of a meeting between American jazz singer Mona Soyoc and French electronic musician Spatsz. Soyoc’s breathy and convoluted cocktail jazz vocals contrast starkly with the out of control drum machines that Spatsz places behind her. At first, the two elements don’t quite mesh, but Soyoc changes from breathy chanteuse to raging punk singer. The drum machines are stark and high up in the mix, and the keyboards lurk, throb and pulse alongside. KaS Product also incorporates a lot of guitar into its songs, but they act more as a rhythm instrument. The standout track, “Pussy X” (track 11) is a particularly deranged trip into weirdness that features Soyoc playing the roles of a angry cat and her owner, who, at the end of the song, gets aroused by her cat’s vicious clawing, Meeyouch! The song is also on a vinyl collection called “Made in France” that we added in 1996. Other interesting tracks are: 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14 & 15.