Maison SkinnyMusic • CD
Experimental • Minimal • New wave • Pop
14/06/2011, Didier BECU
A tiny Italian label that recently caught our attention is Punch Records. One of the artists you can find there are Divine Muzak, fronted by Julie and Dan who found each other at some a goth reunion in Bucharest.
The legend says that Julie walked towards Dan, asking him to form a band but with one condition: she never would take something like a vocal test.
This scenario might comes straight out of the Amélie Poulain-movie but a year later the two delivered "Dialogue" that deals about each other’s fantasy of rape.
Again on their newest cd that's been described as "hospital pop", they didn't avoid the controversy as not only Julie poses her totally naked on the cover, their lyrics are all about sex.
Musicwise "Maison Skinny" is a strange melting pot of poppy avant-garde stuff in where accordions (yeah, even Beirut-like atmospheres) that are linked to electropop but mind you, most of the times it stays pop to the core!
It's even a record that will certainly appeal to all the minimal synth fans, as tracks like "Vienna" are popgems that should work fine on some Wierd-playlist.
Perhaps it's a bit sad that they escape the pop route a bit too often (as that's surely the best direction they can go into) but still : if you wander around some little recordshop, grab your record dealer (Smurf from Wool-E for instance) beg for headphones and who knows you might fall in love. Just don't stare too much at the cover!
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KINDEST LINES • Covered in dust
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DAVID SYLVIAN • Died in the Wool
CRUISE [CTRL] • Red or blue? (Remixes)
RELIGIOUS TO DAMN • Glass Prayer
ARBEID ADELT! • live@AB2011
CHRIS WATSON & MARCUS DAVIDSON • Cross-Pollination
CAITHNESS • Apostasy & the sorrowful child
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YATES AND YOUNG • Splinters Ep
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS • Ghosteen (Ghosteen/Bad Seed Ltd.)
SIX HANDS // A-TOTA-SO • Bromance EP
I AM A ROCKETSHIP • Mind Grafitti
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY • Wake Up The Coma
PAS MUSIQUE • The Phoenix
HACKEDEPICCIOTTO • Menetekel
DAVID BOWIE • Low, Heroes, Lodger
CHRIS WATSON • Locations Processed
HA:PEOPLE 355 • One Bear, Two Bicycles And One Xylophone
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MORE EPHEMEROL • Obituary Templates
L'AVENIR • Requiem And Live
STAATSEINDE • Dreiheit
MEAGER BENEFITS • Crawling
RADERKRAFT • Smart Control
MANDIVULA • Nonsens
SELOFAN • Vitrioli
SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS • Semiotics Department of Heteronyms
VIOLENCE • Le Flux de la Nature
CONSPIRACY COVEN • Conspiracy Coven
Same genre: NEW WAVE
DAGEIST • Sexy
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here
A CERTAIN RATIO • ACR-Box
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
DER KLINKE • Decade
JAPAN • Cries And Whispers (1983-1991)
XTC • What Do You Call That Noise?
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES • Juju
SIMI NAH • La Terre est Noire
LIZARD SMILE • Wandering in Mirrors
Same genre: POP
MONICA RICHARDS & ANTHONY JONES • AESTUARIUM
LISA MORGENSTERN • Chameleon
TYCHO BRAHE • Triplex [Complete]
PARRALOX • Subculture
FORMER BULLIES • Stranger
NINE MILLION WITCHES • The Rapture
AGNES OBEL • Citizen Of Glass
NOSOUND • Scintilla
GRACE JONES • Warm Leatherette
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