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Art Zoyd – “Generation Sans Futur” – [Sub Rosa]

Thurston Hunger   9/10/2015   12-inch, A Library

Reissue of 1980 album by this French collective, with a sound
that slips through easy encapsulation nets. Tremendous violin
throughout from Gerard Hourbette give this a modern classical
or dark chamber flavor.A focus on technical proficiency, notably
guitarist Alain Eckert’s quick zig-zag composed flights on a very
clean sound summon the spectre of prog or Rock-In-Opposition.
Indeed Daniel Denis from Univers Zero chimes in with percussion
on the closing and title track. A piece that balances a slow breath
of chord rising at falling, interspersed with a busier sections of
rush-hour horns, piano and strings for a cinematic ride, Gilles
Renard screeching around corners with the window open and
his sax accelerating. That piece along with the outstanding “La
Ville” were my favorites, longer pieces allowing for segments
and themes to come and reprise. “La Ville” also features some
brief vocals, exhortations frothy with exceitement. The piece
feels like a maniacal hunt, where moments of respite come in
before the flight re-engages. The following track, “Speedy
Gonzales” while a separate composition by a separate musician
feels like a natural sonic chaser to the “La Ville’s” chase.
A blend of serious and strange….from A to Z.
-Thurston Hunger

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