L’Éponge Synthétique ‘Neiges Et Amours Romantiques’

01 Your Friends (1:25)
02 The Saver (1:11)
03 Le Réflexe (3:39)
04 Expédition Printanière (4:19)
05 Twilight Zone (2:31)
06 Perspective (3:58)
07 Plastic Way (1:41)
08 Prélude à la Face (2:56)
09 A Primary Ocean (0:52)
10 The Ashy Front (1:35)
11 L’inconstante (2:23)
12 Esprits Dangereux (4:47)
13 Double Portrait (5:03)
14 Different Way (0:35)
Total time: 36:51

Self released cassette, date unknown (circa 1985).

The sole release by frenchman L’Éponge Synthétique is a curiosity from the remotest home-taping scene. Depending on the amount of tape hiss you’re ready to gobble, you’ll either reject this or consider it a nice addition to the french new-wave canon. But for the underground music die-hards, ‘Neiges Et Amours Romantiques’ is a fine collection of songs and instrumentals using bass & guitar+effects, drum machine, nice synth loops and distorted vocals. Included are some great new-wavey melodies and guitar lines. There are no lyrics proper, rather un-decipherable words and obscure utterances. Some of the intelligible ones goes like this:

Tout le réflexe
de la musique de circonstance…
en orange et en bleu…
le son des éléphants…

(those are the lyrics to track #3).

Don’t make up your mind until you’ve heard tracks # 3 and 4, though, both highlights of this tape. This wouldn’t have been out of place on the Illusion Production catalogue, I guess. Similar inspiration in song names than the 1981 Art & Technique album ‘Clima-X’. Surprisingly, L’Éponge Synthétique even had a release with Merzbow titled ‘Regalade’, a cassette on ZSF Produkt, Japan in 1984 (see Tristan Koreya’s discogs page). It seems Akita was into rock music in the early 1980s, see his almost disco contribution to the ‘Paris-Tokyo’ cassette.


2 Responses to “L’Éponge Synthétique ‘Neiges Et Amours Romantiques’”

  1. 1 Jessica April 20, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    thank you for this.
    i was actually infatuated from the start :)

    kind regards,

  2. 2 matthew December 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    the release with merzbow that you mentioned was recently posted here. http://nostalgie-de-la-boue.blogspot.com/2008/11/lponge-synthtique-merzbow-rgalade.html
    thanks, as always!

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