Monday, March 7, 2011

Tirez Tirez - Etudes (1980)

I heard about this album via Mutant Sounds several months ago and it was on constant repeat for a while. They sound like a minimal avant-garde version of Talking Heads and not surprisingly even opened for them during a tour in the late 70s. They were good at tampering with the boundaries of pop limitations and more structured classical influenced music, and fusing the two together to create a seamless blend that became a style of their own. It was a highly unique coalescence of polarizing sounds and its a wonder why they didn't gain more popularity as they remain fairly obscure to this day. Maybe it was a little too precocious or subtle for the general public, but the general public's tastes are usually not as refined to appreciate something so delicate and singular sounding. The album itself fluctuates between this light and dark bipolarity, with songs like "World War" sounding almost ominous and others like single "Razorblades" pleasant and not at all intimidating, making the mood of the album hard to pin down as it really varies from track to track. Despite this, the album flows really well and songs sort of brew together nicely. Standout track for me is "Strike" and I absolutely adore the lyrics, "I had a rough day, didn't win the Pulitzer prize." Another gem lost in time that didn't get the recognition it deserved. It's a shame, there's too many of them.

Rating: 8.5/10


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