Moving within this oasis of illusions should we stop and wonder…
can anyone truly believe in this hypocritical intrigue?
Three years after the group’s same-titled tape release (eirma 05), eirkti is honored to provide the audience with additional musical works by this exceptional Greek minimal-punk act. The group’s birth as well as sonic progress throughout its adventurous life has already been discussed therefore, we will skip to the necessary details. The present release titled“Μουσικά ΑΝΤΙδοτα” (Moysika antidota translated as Musical ANTIdotes ), includes songs which first appeared in the original 1990 split Lp release (along with a group named Koinonika Apovlita; i.e., Social Waste in English) by the Wipe Out label. More precisely, the entire first side resurfaces five frantic synth punk compositions while the LP’s B-side includes one previously released track in the Fragmenta 7” vinyl compilation released in 1990 (i.e., Νεκρή Πλειοψηφία; Dead Majority in English) plus further compositions that were either circulated in limited-edition tapes or were well-kept in the group’s archives and do finally see the light of day.
This new and fuller edition of “Μουσικά ΑΝΤΙδοτα” further exemplifies ANTI…’s exemplary sound based on the intense use of synths, bass and drum-kit accompanied by an according riotous versification which altogether earned the band with a special place within the underground Greek scene. The listener is asked to calmly let him/herself loose and experience the genuinely-delivered arousing music of ANTI…. From the intensely captivating rhythm of ‘Εκπαιδευτικός Παροξυσμός’ (i.e., Ekpedeftikos Paroxysmos; Educational Paroxysm in English) to the electronic-punk alertness produced by ‘Αυταρχική Παρόρμηση’ (i.e., Aftarxiki Parormisi; Autocratic Impulse) and from the delirium generated by ‘Πανδαιμόνιο’ (i.e., Pandemonio; Pandemonium in English) to the smooth closure of ‘Τρυφερός Βλαστός’ (i.e., Triferos Vlastos; Tender Sprout in English). Eleven inspiring songs awaiting to be played really loud in your turntable. Comes in an edition of 500 copies. Moreover, copies are well-closed in a black garbage-bag while they include a poster plus a booklet.
Restlessly seeking for abstract calls
amidst exposure to sudden rays of light.
Beyond than merely underground, the French “cold wave” movement of the eighties can be characterized as of a multi- rather than uni-dimensional nature from a sound perspective. In fact, despite that not few were the acts that showed this, Reseau D’Ombres is perhaps one of the most prominent. In particular, Reseau’s sonic explorations not only pinpoint but actually exemplify a sound deviation grounded in both facets of nervous inspiration and inspired nervousness. Such an interesting amalgam emerged as the natural consequence of the group’s creativity as well as of the final selection of instruments to shape its exemplary sound (synth, bass and percussion). Starting paving their path in 1983 in Laval, a city in the western part of France, Reseau d’Ombres came to the forefront after their members’ endeavors with local acts (e.g., Km-55) that were basically synth oriented. A more stylish punk orientation was instantly adopted and the group formulated a series of relevant cold minimal-punk compositions. Their first official appearance in 1984 in a festival at the Palais des Congrès in Lorient along with further young acts provided them with a cassette titled “Ireos”; a precious document of the band’s live presence in that instance. In all, Reseau d’Ombres managed to release a few auto-produced tapes as well as one 7” single titled “Instant / Mirrors” (1985), one 12” single, “Axe” (1987) and two LPs, Sotcha (1985) and Faction (1987). Finally, the group disbanded in 1988.
After quite a few years of contacts and preparation eirkti has the pleasure of releasing the group’s “Ireos” cassette. More precisely, three and a half decades after its original release, this tape’s set of powerful songs resurfaces, readily showing the group’s synth-punk dynamism as well as exceptional performance during the time. Twelve absolutely delirious syntheses which overall produce a purely wakeful ambience. Indeed, from the vigorous intro provided by the ‘Natural gesture’ to the restlessly delivered outro of the ‘External Life’, this album simply keeps the listener in a totally energetic state. Our only advice: Play it loud! Comes in a strongly limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies including a poster of the group plus two cards!