Belgium - Full Moon 201 - 01/27/13
Still Insane After All These Years
We've visited the high, happy, perverse, insane and wonderful world of BeNe GeSSeRiT on quite some occasions earlier, both historical
recordings from the 1980s when they started up and more contemporary stuff. The latest was a compilation
only three moonths ago that included four BG-tracks recorded in the present millenium. And here is brand new, vinyl only, album recorded between 2009 and 2011 and released
by the Italian independent quality label Ultramarine towards the end of last year. There were initially a few copies on pink and orange vinyl. By now I guess only the
straight black vinyl version is back.
The good news is that the album reveals new sides of the duo. Also good new for those of us who enjoys vintage BG, there's a healthy dosis of easily recognisable songs
of the 1980s and early 1990s flavour, too. The first implies some pleasant surprises. It starts immediately with the opening "I Live I Love I Sink" of the aaaH SiDe of
the LP. It's calm and moody with a trumpet sounding kind of keyboard and relaxed vocals. Amazingly playful and poppy for a BG song. An immediate favourite; this is chicken
skin music! "Activités Illictites" is repetitive and also quite poppy for a BG-song. It includes normal spoken words, a bit funky bass and a jazzy trumpet something that
intervenes occasionally to add a bit of the neccessary insanity. "Exhume Your Weapons (Time Has Come For Fighting)" towards the end of the Be SiDe is another goodie and
pleasant surprise. It's one of a few BG instrumentals, dominated by quite heavy keyboards, occasionally jazzy and progressive. "Chantez, Dansez" has an accordion sounding
loop and effect-treated vocals on top, calm and not very danceable in the first half. The middle part is quite creepy with a cello-sounding keyboard and normal voice
before the accordion returns to finish it off. Great!
"Cela Fait Longtemps Que Je N'ai Plus Vu D'arc-en-ciel" and "Shut Up!" are closer to the BeNe GeSSeRiT that we are used to from the 1980s. The former has no instruments,
I guess, only a kind of oral rhythm loop over effect-treated long-drawn out seasick vocals whereas the latter includes a rhythm/keyboard loop with some sounds close to
noise, and spoken and shouted words on top. Sparse and effective, both of them.
The remaining tracks might be put in an intermediate category, between the BG of old and new. "Madré Zias" is melodic but pulls in a new direction compared to
your average BG song because of the lengthy sung vocals and funny instrumental things going on. "Le Point De Départ" starts quite conventional, like a melancholic
and folk-tinged ballad. The distrubance grows thanks to haunting vocals and an intervening Hendrix-sounding distorted guitar. (The mystery, though, is there are no guitars
involved, the information on the cover states. Maybe it's the digital sax...) The somewhat insane and moody electro-something melancholic is represented by "Insects".
There's aslo a couple of short funny vocal ditties on offer.
Well then, this album was a pleasant surprise. All in all it's a bit mellower and brighter than expected, which match the bright colours of the sleeve. There's only
300 copies of the LP around, so don't hesitate too long to get in touch with Ultramarine Records if you're interested.
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