tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

14/09/2013 : SIGNAL AOUT 42 - Inspiration

SIGNAL AOUT 42

Inspiration

MusicCD
EBMElectroNew Beat

[80/100]   

Out Of Line
14/09/2013, Philippe BLACKMARQUIS

Signal Août 42 (SA42), the electro/EBM project of Belgian singer and synth wizard Jacky Meurisse, is back with a brand new album released by Out Of Line! Created in 1981, SA42 is featured by a mix of electro and EBM with a new beat touch and has had a number of dancefloor hits, like "Submarine Dance", "Pleasure and Crime", etc. Jacky was also involved in Amnesia and other dance acts (remember "Le Dormeur"?). Note that the name of the band has nothing to do with Front 242, 'Signal Août 42' is in connection with the date when the German propaganda publication in the second world war came out.

At the REWIND Fest 2013, Jacky Meurisse had told peek-a-boo in an exclusive interview that he was going to release a new album called "Inspiration" after the summer. Well, here it is! It's called "Inspiration" because it includes original songs which are devoted to some of the inspiration sources of the band, tribute songs composed 'in the style of'. "I've put myself in the shoes of Frank Tovey, for instance, to compose 'Sex Gadget'", said Meurisse. This song was the first to be released, on the Out Of Line compilation "Machineries Of Joy". It's a kinky, slightly new-beat composition reminiscent of Fad Gadget of course but also of Leaether Strip and it also has the typical modern sounds from modern electro acts.

On this album, the references to the inspiration sources are not so obvious, they are subtle and hidden in the mixes. It's like a game for the listener to find them. On "Judgement Day", eg, you immediately think of a well-known Belgian EBM band and indeed there is something of Dirk Da Davo in the synth riff. But as a whole, the songs are fully original and very good compositions! Meurisse's broken voice sounds a bit like Ronan Harris (VNV Nation).

"A Kind of Joy" is a clear tribute to a well-known band from Manchester, especially in the bass intro and the synth melody. But again, the reference is subtle and the song stands on its own as a future classic of electro-EBM. The same applies to "Oxygen": it hints at a French electro pioneer but is mainly a really innovative song about our 'modern toxic paradise'. "Light of Terror" is more tricky to identify but the vocoder sounds, robotic beats and hints at the Hiroshima bombing ("Little Boy", the name of the bomb) make it all clear...

The next song, "Freundschaft", on the contrary, is a 100% tribute song, composed and interpreted in the style of D.A.F., and with lyrics in German! The modern electro arrangements made me think of Laibach. A smashing dancefloor hit! "B.Y.R." (Black Yellow Red) has a new-beat/dance feel from the late 80's. The beat and the funny sound effects made me think of Yello but I'm not sure about the reference. Fun anyway! On "Cabaret", the title together with the hypnotic bass line and drum patterns will guide you immediately to the reference while "Summer of '79" evokes the disco period, with its Pop Corn riff and catchy rhythms.

In a nutshell: it's a great album! It's like an ass-kicking collection of great songs, multi-layered, energetic and perfectly produced. It offers quite a number of potential hits! A highly catchy and raw journey through the history of electronic music with a clear touch of modernity. A real must have! 

Check the song "Sex Gadget" here.

Philippe BLACKMARQUIS
14/09/2013


Music reviews

11
07
CONTAINER 90
Friendship and love
10
07
ENZO KREFT
Control
09
07
HOCICO
Artificial Extinction
04
07
MECHANIMAL
White Flag Single
14
06
CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
Theresa, Vol.3 Ep
13
06
DEF ROBOT
Makers Of Mountains

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

16
07
Electronic Act THE BRUTE: Announces New LONESOME HERO/AND I WANT YOU Split Single & Video
15
07
New Peek-a-Boo Magazine #34 out now!
15
07
PINK TURNS ANNOUNCES REISSUES OF FIRST ALBUMS + TOUR 2019
14
07
'Hidden Figures' release their first single this August - debut album in progress!
13
07
Exclusive BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Performance Featured In New Horror Film, CLOWN MOTEL
08
07
A SPLIT-SECOND headline at GENTSE FEESTEN (Walter De Buckplein) on Sunday July 21st

Concert reviews

14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019
15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard
06
01
RITUAL SERVICE, MOTHER WITCH AND & DEAD WATER GHOSTS AND GOOSLA
Live at The Volume Club, Kiev, 7th December 2018
16
11
HEILUNG
Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
06
11
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

16
07
MARK DEUTROM (CLOWN ALLEY/THE MELVINS)
' I felt like I needed to make a solo-record at that time!'
15
07
STEVE DIGGLE (BUZZCOCKS)
'We were writing from the heart and soul!'
08
07
TODD TRAINER (SHELLAC)
'My attitude has always been to be original and unique!'
06
07
BOB BERT (PUSSY GALORE, LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS, EX-SONIC YOUTH,...)
'One man’s noise is another man’s symphony!'
02
07
TEST DEPARTMENT
THE 80s WERE AN AMAZING TIME FOR MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT

PHOTOS

16
07
IAMTHESHADOW
Blue Shell Köln
16
07
IAMTHESHADOW
Blue Shell Köln
16
07
CRYING VESSEL
Blue Shell Köln
10
07
CEPHALGY
Parkhaus Duisburg
10
07
ALIENARE
Parkhaus Duisburg
10
07
THE SAINT PAUL
Parkhaus Duisburg
08
07
CYTO
Parkhaus Duisburg

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

16
07
RABIA SORDA
Deaf
15
07
GUS GUS
Deep Inside
14
07
CUBANATE
Kolossus
13
07
DEAD CAN DANCE
Anabasis
12
07
DIE KRUPPS
Goldfinger
11
07
THE DEVIL & THE UNIVERSE
Kali's Tongue
10
07
MARCIA BAILA
LES RITA MITSOUKO