Chez Toi


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    Chez Toi Disko B / Disko B/Indigo

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Review Text Electronicat's 2007 album finds Fred Bigot (aka the titular artist) tackling aggressive, unworldly electronic/guitar pop once again in a deft balance between the engagingly acceptable and the completely gone. Saying that Electronicat has been doing a fine tribute to the likes of Fad Gadget for years is an oversimplification but captures the essence of what makes his music work -- there's something engagingly brutal and brittle about tracks like "Du Vent" and "Angers," to name two excellent high points, which avoid both overclean synth exercises and generic rock band instrumentation in a one-man band mode. Often something straightforward enough, like the opening guitar figure of "Pancake Lady" or the clipped beats of "Seveneyes," one of a few tracks with a vocal cameo (in this case Masumi Kobayashi), will get a massively higher volume bass-synth crunch stomping over it. But there's also a sense of queasy psychedelia at play, one that often appears in everything but the guitars themselves: vocals echo into the middle distance; the beats often crunch with shuddering impact somewhere on a continuum between the Silver Apples and Meat Beat Manifesto. "She's a Queen," a slightly older track reappearing as the album closer, rocks a schaffel beat with enjoyable élan, while the exuberant "Lost Gigabyte," with lead vocals from Miss LeBomb, is a perfect combination of retro new wave via the Go-Go's, computer chop-ups, and a full-on acid rock-meets-goth guitar solo. A couple of tracks are just there, but otherwise this is a sharp effort from an equally sharp performer. ~ Ned Raggett

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Vent - 4:47
  2. 2. Chez Toi - 4:38
  3. 3. Seveneves - 4:55
  4. 4. Nu Day - 5:24
  5. 5. Je Pleure J'Ai Peur - 4:31
  6. 6. Pancake Lady - 4:32
  7. 7. Delphins - 2:33
  8. 8. Angers - 7:59
  9. 9. Lost Gigabyte - 7:04
  10. 10. In Limbo - 3:55
  11. 11. She's a Queen - 8:57

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