Wed 15 Aug
The Record Stache
REVIEW OF PHILIPPE PETIT & FRIENDS “ON TOP…” LP

Aagoo Records releases on May 4 the new musical essay On Top… album of Marseille’s own contemporary and avant-garde moniker Philippe Petit & Friends, a fantastic record that pushes a step ahead the actual non-genre music. Let me introduce you first our experimetalist French guest, avant-garde, and electronic too indie rock musician, Mr. Petit. Yes, all these are some of the names that someone could give to that maverick artist who sees no boundaries in music and the sonic evolution.

Familiar with turntables, synthesizers, string instruments, organ and percussion, and playing festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia, he is mostly  introduced as a “musical travel agent” than a composer alone, and that is correct.  Co-founder of Strings Of Consciousness and with a large number of acclaimed releases to his name, has a long time collaboration with Lydia Lunch (put a * here, I have a surprise later for you), and had worked with a massive amount of renowned artists like Jarboe (Swans), Cindytalk, Faust, Murcof, Audrey Chen, Yannick Barman, PAS, as well as Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust) and many others, I wouldn’t just think that he-is-a-nice-guy only but an enormous talent and a musical provocateur in the wider alternative scene and on his musings too.

In his new album he offers monumental moments of noise-electronics along with perfectly arranged indie rock flashes with tribal and no-wave sceneries, experimenting on anything that may swelter his ears. He didn’t work alone in the studio as a masterful remixer/DJ, but invited a party of so skilled musicians to surround him and enclose their signatures in his own compositions where he also played a handful of instruments and other sonic engines too! The outcome is a stunning feast of artists who actually perform and practice the new modern no-wave music where guitars leave space to strings accompanied by electronics, other natural instruments, and singers of course. Singers, I mentioned before Lydia Lunch’s name…yeah, here is her offer to her friend’s new LP in F.T.C. song where she performs like a singing actress while Mr. Petit plays all the rest electronics, synths, cymbalon and electric psalterion.


Of course, in the rest of the songs you will discover various other players in various musical approaches where almost no song is the same as the other and they all blend a superb taste of sounds, sonic colors and Music. Black Dog is the leading track of the record, a noisy indie-like tune with grooves and amplifiers, and I won’t hesitate to give you the whole of the LP here, so stay calm and listen to On Top… with only one sip!

Written by Mike D.

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