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siltblog january 2010

Men who ain’t afraid to be seen in public sportin midriff’s might beg to differ, but I’m gonna give it to the French as the true purveyors of Prog Rock. Say what you will about Canterbury, Krautrock, blah, blah blah, at the end of the day you’ll be tipplin Calvados & sweatin aspic like you was a Spam loaf come to life. The Gallic power of persuasion. And they’s invented Musique Concrete too & ain’t no flatass hiphugger’s anywhere disputin that posit. Cause it ain’t conjecture. It’s truth. They did not however invent Punk, though it is their penchant to reinvent-theoretically-& lately they’s been at the forefront of some Chrome damaged, post No Wave, syntho oriented destructo-blat that’s as good as anything goin. So when a couple of them from there called Accident Du Travail decided to collaborate for a project of Ondes Martenot recordings (LOOK IT UP!-Capt’n Siltbreeze), I was expectin shards of wood & pearly keys bein strewn from here to Timbuktu. But paint my face ‘n call me Marcel Marceau if this ain’t a lovely & beautifully paced ep. Comprised of 24 minutes’ve lusterous hamonics as well as some tweaked melodies, this really taps into the cranium like a perfect bridge between Boulez & Lard Free. Great modal progressions too, hey, if this was as ’75 as it sounds, you can bet your Birkenstocks it would’ve been on that NWW list. And if you didn’t know it was members of Cheveu & Cradle Of Smurf whats behind this, well, you wouldn’t know it. On a cold day like we got here, these sounds really warm up the room. Bruit Direct delivers another winner, hat’s off to’em.
Tom Lax[:]

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still single october 2009

Five tracks of rounded, atavistic melodies and drones by this French duo of Julie Normal and Cheveu’s Olivier 2mo. Where many practitioners these days go the laptop/effects route, and dress up their compositions in effects that are meant to represent dread or fear, Accident du Travail get a leg up by playing real synths, human imperfections left whole, and let the tones speak for themselves, somewhere between the lilting decay of Discreet Music and the disorientating phantom flirt of Maryanne Amacher’s Sound Characters (Making the Third Ear). Not to paint this group into a religious corner, but there is a peace and balance within these compositions that we don’t normally find in latter-day electronic music that brushes against what’s accomplished here. Bits of percussion and rattle phase their ways into the most straightforward release yet on this label, which turns down the dissonance significantly and focuses more on the journey itself. It’s an impressive, subdued work, and anyone looking to end their evening on a restful comedown should look
(Doug Mosurock)

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accident du travail, sales opened

While I do a complete product page for this wonderful record, here’s a shortcut to buying it and one, two, three special offers:

A) Accident du travail 12″ 45rpm, 24 minutes of haunting ondes martenot recordings by julie normal and olivier 2mo in a fantastic sleeve designed by jonas delaborde
price is 10 euros | 14 $ | 9 £

B) Same with one single of your choice
price is 14 euros | 20 $ | 13 £

C) Same but with 2 singles of your choice
price is 17 euros | 25 $ | 15 £

D) Accident du travail, Junior Makhno, Minitel and Cro Magnon (yes, that means every record we have released)
price is 19 euros | 28 $ | 17 £

All prices valid until I realize what I’m doing which currently could take some time…
paypal to
s t o r e /at/ b r u i t-d i r e c t /dot/ o r g

Please add shipping according to your location and this table here:

A or B= +3.02 euros
C or D = +3.92 euros

A= +3.50 euros or 3.15 £
B or C or D = +5 euros or 4.50 £

USA and any other country
A= +4 euros or 5.9 $
B or C or D = +6 euros or 8.80 $

for any other combination or enquiry or if this is all too confusing,
please write
s t o r e /at/ b r u i t-d i r e c t /dot/ o r g

thank you!