Sjef Oellers 20-Jan-2001 Trixie Stapleton 291

Fille Qui Mousse is one of most eccentric French underground bands I have heard so far. Trixie Stapleton 291 (Se Taire pour une Femme Trop Belle) opens with six minutes of trippy spacerock (sounding somewhere between Agitation Free, Ash Ra Tempel and the French band Nyl). After a short, repetitive twinkling of piano notes, a strange, rumbling track evolves for percussion and guitar. We have arrived more or less in minimalist free rock territory. At the beginning of "Esplanade" a female voice recites a text supported by barking dogs, followed by an undetermined, repetitive, noisy sound. This track is just plain weird. Next airy piano playing is replaced by almost industrial sounding tones, but soon the piano returns in a more threatening, atonal passage. In the middle of the album I am occasionally reminded of Faust. "Antinomique" is an intriguing track, basically a very experimental folk song with a completely distorted violin (or maybe bagpipes?), playing an almost Middle Eastern-like melody. Great. The album makes a full circle by returning to the cosmic rock of the beginning, but now extended to 8 1/2 minutes. Beware: this album is an highly experimental collage of various styles, although overall it would be safe to call this album free rock. Not a "beautiful" album, but different and bizarre.

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