Le Kiosque D'Orphee
CD reissue: 2012 Strawberry Rain (Canada)
LP reissue: 2012 Strawberry Rain (Canada)
Packaging details: An extremely rare album, the original LP was
pressed in a limited edition of 250 copies for friends and fans, with
the surplus ending up in a village record store. My buddy Heavyrock first played the original LP for me over at his place (about 5 years ago), and the AC followed up with a CD-R. Prior to that, I had never seen a copy, though I can remember having this one on a curiosity list going back to the mid 1990s! Le Kiosque D'Orphee is a very similar label to FLVM, and was basically an LP pressing plant for those who could provide a master tape. To the rescue comes Strawberry Rain, who just released this album in both LP and CD forms. I bought the CD immediately, and it comes in a nice mini-LP sleeve, complete with liner notes, photos and bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are from later versions of the band. The leader of Rictus was directly involved with this reissue. Overall, a fantastic job from an up and coming reissue label that I'm calling the Canadian Shadoks.
Notes: Very much a deep underground album from France. Raw and primitive
overall but with some cool compressed fuzz guitar sounds and a vintage
60's organ to go along with Fender Rhodes, Moog and even some cheap
1980's era synthesizers. At times the album recalls Nuance's "Il est une
Legende", especially concerning the ferocious fuzz guitar leads.
There's also some dramatic Ange style vocals that are reassuring in this
setting. There's almost nothing 1980s about this album, other than the
aforementioned keyboards (and even at that, they are rarely deployed).