Ghédalia Tazartès ‎– Check Point Charlie

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Ayaa ‎– CDT 1189
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1 Traces De Coups 15:23
2 Charlie's Retire 15:00
3 Le Dernier Concert 15:00
4 La Mort De Berchou
Lyrics By [Poems] – René Daumal
14:00

Notes

French text on track 4 :
"La nausée d'être", "brève révélation sur la mort et le chaos" (2 poems of René Daumal)
Reissued on Gazul Records in 2005.

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June 4, 2012
I didn’t know what to expect when I first put this disc into my player - I had not even heard of TAZARTES before that day, and the cover - a sleeping child on a pebble beach - gave nothing away. At first I wasn’t sure I’d want to listen to it all the way through, but before long it was on ‘continual play’ all day long.
Any single piece from this album »there are four tracks, but each one consists of many short pieces« taken out of context of the album would probably be far less impressive, but when you hear the entire thing, you cannot help but be impressed. He doesn’t employ any one particular style, so pinning him down to be labelled is impossible - it’s easier to say what he isn’t. It’s not Industrial, neither is it Electronic, although now & then electronic rhythms do surface, and like a U-Boat, blows well-established Electro-Wizards out of the water with a shrug of contempt.

Poetry & ‘Verbal Art’ surface in two or three languages, English being one. Strange & quirky rhythms & abstractions run into each other, like Kaleidoscopic Bumper Cars seen through Psylocybin eyes. It’s high & happy music which scampers along where most would fall flat on their faces.

One style / theme which really stands out is the Ethnic, or more specifically AFRICAN / INDIAN - influenced tracks. The rhythms - guitar imitating-Inanga with sparse percussion & straining, soaring, wailing vocals - works! It doesn’t sound as if He has decided “Let’s try & make Ethnic music!" - it’s not contrived enough - it sounds too natural, too Earthy to be some false bandwagon jump.

This review may give you some idea of what it sounds like, but there are a lot of surprises in store for those who purchase a copy .... pleasant surprises!

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.