Alibi (6) ‎– Alibi

Divine ‎– MAD 1020
Vinyl, 12"


A1 Les Cartes 3:05
A2 Ville 2:21
B1 Hagard 2:33
B2 Take Care 2:10


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January 13, 2012
edited over 7 years ago

this is for me the most brilliant record of french new wave/pop ever released. it incorporates so much of all those good french bands in the fields of new wave, pop and even coldwave/minimal-synth that it could be regarded as the essence of it. though released on the fantastic divine/madrigal label in its heyday year it is not typical for their catalogue. but this makes it even more charming. there's everything there and everything is realized 100% perfect: dance-inducing grooves, extremely cool and nonchalant singer [with a pronounciation that made several french fellows wonder if he was french at all], sweet but not cute female background singers, rich and enriching percussion, elegant keyboards, tight linn-drum patterns, throbbing and driving bass, partially slapped, rhythmical guitar-playing with its own distinct sound, smart, melodious and moody brass, nice words... even the format of a 4-track ep is is the epitome of a dedicated, most original first autoproduced release. unrivalled and timeless!! as sad as it is, they have made just this sole record and yet this too adds to its genius. sound-wise we also get something of the higher order: the mastering was very loud and powerful but obviously the engineer got a grip on the band's special flair and managed to accentuate everything in the right way. it IS loud and proud but also subtle and completely coherent in its aesthetics. if there ever was a hit to express charm, flair and style of a certain period in one of europe's capitals then it is "Les Cartes". absolutely indispensable.