Monday, August 14, 2006

Znr : Traite De Mecanique Populaire

Late 70's French duo with a serious Erik Satie fixation. Hector Zazou and Joseph Racaille both on keys and vocals plus some guitars, reeds and violins by guesting musicians. Lots of short & quirky songs with funny titles in the true spirit of their model. Best can be described as chansons in chamber settings but done with a rock feel, unique and in fact pretty indescribable. And georgeous. Totaly French. If you're not careful enough, you may end up falling in love with it... Traite is the second (and final) album by this crew, and is almost entirely acoustic, while the first (Barricades 3, reissued by Recommended - get it!) was more synth dominated. Zazou later went on to become a much sought after producer and composer of more mainstream/ambient music while Racaille is succesful in keeping a low profile.

Traite

8 Comments:

Anonymous sto said...

quite a wonderful recording (and much better than the "barricade" in my ears)! i think the cd is one of the oldest cds i have, isn't it from the very early 80ies? anyway, my disc is about to rot away - amazing i still can play it even though it's got plenty of holes to see through. so it comes very handy to have a mp3 backup in case the cd eventually gives up :-)

thanks
sto

2:52 AM  
Anonymous rz said...

hi sto,
i also prefer 'traite' to 'barricades' (though it's a great one too). 'traite' was released on cd only once and that in (former) chechoslowakia if i recall correctly, sometime around mid eighties? wonder if your copy is from that time?
z
saw some time ago on seek an album by their former band 'barricades', will try to get that...

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of my prefered cds!

but the one i have is from buda records in france... not from ck! it should still be available in the shops.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

PLEASE REPOST THIS! File deleted due to no use for period. This is a great recording + I've been told by ReR they can't get it anymore.
Cheers!

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post it once again.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post it once again.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pleeeease

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup!

6:55 PM  

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