France - Meltdown of Planet Earth


France is a trio from the Occitane region in France. the trio consists of Jeremie Sauvage on electric bass, Mathieu Tilly on drums, and Yann Gourdon on amplified hurdy-gurdy. The sound of "Meltdown Earth" is akin to the aural experiments done by Tony Conrad and Faust with their "Outside the Dream Syndicate" LP released in the mid-70's. It's long form drone music that has more in common with the DIY brunt of Cromagnon (ESP-Disk) than a more academic monocle stance of museum minimalism. This band conjures more Stooges (L.A. Blues) than Theater of Eternal Music. One could say, it's the logical extension of what Spacemen 3 were doing with their "extended nod music", but France seem to bring the dirt, earth, and mineral of the Occitane region to their sound Originally meant to be a 150 copies run destined for wholesale to distributors and shops. 75 copies were lost in shipping somewhere in France... never to be found. This edition (300 copies) rescues this significant LP for the new wave of French savant garde Artwork – Standard In-Fi Visuals Bass – Jeremie Sauvage Drums – Mathieu Tilly Hurdy Gurdy – Yann Gourdon Mixed and Mastered By – Vincent Mare Insert - Donnie Ka Print - Olivier Bral Typography - Lionel Catelan The Strange World Of… France, La Nòvia & Friends In 1984, Nice-born Valentin Clastrier released an album called La Vieille À Roue De L’Imaginaire – the hurdy-gurdy of the imagination. More familiar with cabaret clubs than folk balls, Clastrier had first picked up the hurdy-gurdy circa 1970 and his non-traditional approach radically expanded the expressive possibilities of the instrument, introducing new techniques and, thanks to a collaboration with luthier Denis Siorat, a prototype electro-acoustic hurdy-gurdy. I mention the album to Yann Gourdon, hurdy-gurdy player with mighty ‘drone-folk’ trio France and one of the founders of French folk collective La Nòvia, suggesting that its title might equally apply to his playing. It turns out the link is more direct than I had thought. “Valentin Clastrier is someone who had an impact on my generation, he was a real reference for me when I was younger and I took part in several workshops with him. I was kind of overwhelmed at the time, he’s a really unique person, kind of in his own bubble. But if you manage to enter that bubble, he’s really very interesting.” Gourdon’s father was also friends with Siorat and when the young Yann expressed an interest in the hurdy-gurdy, Siorat provided him with one. “My father was a violin player, he played a lot of traditional and folk music. He brought me to a lot of festivals so it’s an instrument I’d always been aware of. I liked its traditional, round shape. My first hurdy-gurdy wasn’t electro-acoustic, but it had a modern, flat shape and was a bit of a shock when I saw it. But when I started playing it, I was really taken with it and the character of the drone. The whole instrument is across your stomach and the sounding box vibrates against your body. There’s something really physical about it.” Read more at The Quietus

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