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Foussat, Jean-Marc / Simon Henocq : Nopal (Fou Records)

An unusual and gripping album of electronic improvisation on guitar and synthesizer between keyboardist Jean-Marc Foussat and guitarist Simon Henocq, taking alien and abstract landscapes into intense territory over two monumental tracks.
 

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Jean-Marc Foussat-synthesizer, voice

Simon Henocq-guitar


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Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD 03
Squidco Product Code: 23398

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded on January 12th, 2013.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Some days it seems enough to get people's name right, find a cover image, get the title typed correctly and...time for a nap! Seriously though that is not what I am about on these pages. Today it's time for some avant duets between synthesizer and skronky electric guitar, as put forward by Jean-Marc Foussat and Simon Henocq, respectively.

The duo and/or the album is entitled NOPAL (FOU CD 03). It's edgy avant, sometimes noisy, sometimes surprisingly subdued, but always creative and very electric/electronic. Now I have no idea what segment of the population finds this kind of music interesting other than me, but there must be a fair number since I get readers when I review music such as this.

So what gets me especially interested is the thickly textured complexities that result when Henocq's guitar comes through fully overloaded or distinctly foregrounded doing something Syd Barrett got fired for doing too much of live with Pink Floyd. That is, this sort of guitar abstractionism coupled with Foussat's creative synthesizer striations and strangulations.

You get 42 minutes of it, all interesting, and I believe you can get it on LP or CD. These are imaginative sound sculptors. If you go for noisy and ever-shifting sound complexes, like your electric guitars on occasion to be played with psychedelic irreverence, this is definitely for you."-Grego Applegate Edwards


Artist Biographies

"Jean-Marc Foussat (born March 19, 1955 in Oran ) is a French composer and improvisational musician ( guitar, piano, live electronics ).

Since the mid-1970s, Foussat had belonged to groups such as Lézard Marçio, in which he contributed the sounds of concrete music with magnetic tapes. In 1981, he finished his first solo album, Abattage, which was released in 1983. In the ensemble Marteau Rouge (with the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the drummer Makoto Sato), he also collaborated with Evan Parker. Together with the saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, he formed the duo Aliquid, which also appeared with Joe McPhee ( Quod, 2014). In addition to soloprograms, he also starred with Noël Akchoté / Roger Turner, Samuel Blaser, Émilie Lesbros, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sophie Agnel, Daunik Lazro and numerous other musicians, as well as the Fortuna 21 Octet of Raymond Boni and the department of education psychique on."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marc_Foussat&prev=search)
2/28/2024

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"After studying electroacoustic composition, Simon Henocq turned to live electronic, parallel to the guitar that he practiced since adolescence.

He played with the duo Helved Rüm (with Julien Chamla), with the group Vegan Dallas (with Benjamin Flament, Richard Comte, Julien Chamla, Julie Lardrot). He plays guitar in the Coax Orchestra (directed by Yann Joussein) and transmedia project " Naufrage de la jellyfish" (with Jacques Di Donato, Isabelle Duthoit, Nicolas Nageotte, Lionel Guibout) ... He improvises with guitarist Julien Desprez' project Brazil Mashup , immersive performances for 4 video screens and 10 musician.

He is actively involved in the artistic direction of the Coax collective as well as in the development of the Coax Records label, where he performs various projects as a sound engineer."

-Simon Henocq Website, translated by Google (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://simonhenocq.blogspot.com/p/bio.html&prev=search)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Fleur 23:18

2. Fruit 19:35

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