Eva Perouk ‘Auto Da Fe – La Semaine D’une Somnambuliste’


01 Luna Squamosa (6:01)
02 Chronos And Pericles (10:30)
03 Passage Of Jupiter (8:32)
04 Lundi (4:20)
05 Mardi (1:12)
06 Mercredi (3:26)
07 Jeudi (3:31)
08 Vendredi (4:04)
09 Samedi (4:44)
10 Dimanche (3:56)

Total time 50mn
Cassette released on Unlikey Records, UK, 1985

When he wants his mother to be proud of him, Davy Walklett uses the Eva Perouk alias to release almost ear-friendly music. Nowadays, there’s even a Davy Walklett in the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain [+], and if this is our man, he travelled a long way since the horrendous Smell & Quim releases of the 1990s. The A-side of this  cassette is based on the ‘Plastique Totale’ concept (see manifest at bottom of this post), where everything translates into everything else and a media can convey the emotions from another media. ‘Auto Da Fe’ is a suite for synth loops, treated electronic sounds and dead-pan vocals. This is Walklett/Srdenovic on electroacoustic mode producing intense, disturbing music.

‘Auto Da Fe’ uses the technique of ‘Plastique Totale’ to achieve an evocation (and/or exploration) of the darker recesses of human existence. ‘La Semaine D’une Somnambuliste’ is also evocational using more traditional, simpler means to achieve a nostalgic and gently melancholic mood. Eva Perouk: daughter of Fernando Perouk, ranching millionaire and noted flautist; studied at the Conservatory of Music of Bunos Aires (1970-75) receiving several commandations. [from info sheet above]

The B-side illustrates the 7 days of the week (titles in French). The names of the week being based on Roman Gods, it’s a continuation of sorts from the A side’s Latin titles. The title ‘La Semaine D’une Somnambuliste’ refers to Max Ernst’s book of collages ‘Une Semaine De Bonté’ (see here), itself based on the 7 days of the week. The music on this side is an acceptable Richard Clayderman impersonation on synth piano. Now wait: don’t listen to this alone if you are a Smell & Quim fan.


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16 Responses to “Eva Perouk ‘Auto Da Fe – La Semaine D’une Somnambuliste’”

  1. 1 frenchbloke June 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    you may be interested to know, or indeed reminded that there is a Plastique total web presence. It can be found , albeit at the bottom of the page, at http://www.451f.org.uk/ .

  2. 2 continuo June 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for the reminder. I was familiar with these pages from my previous Diz Willis research.
    So you shall possibly be Mr Walklett himself, I assume? If so, can you please confirm a Smell & Quim member is part of the GB Ukulele Orchestra performing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on stage?

  3. 3 frenchbloke June 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    oh, it’s not me. the 451f site refers to an old bookshop that was (is) round the corner. The Owner of the establishment knows all of these people and has let me hear some fine things. I recommend the dreadful salmon collations. I’ll be popping round later, so I’ll ask. (they know the ukulele orchestra, so you may actually be on to something)

  4. 4 continuo June 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    All right. Let’s work on that.

  5. 5 frenchbloke June 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Short answer is, no. However one of the ukulele’s was in a band with one of smell & quim with someone else. I forget who and what but I shall get the information written down instead of relying on my memory. However, I have been given a copy of Smell & Quim’s ‘Aube’ and a cassette of ‘Condensed Version – Vico Degli Bim’ which is by Walklett & Boardman to listen to.

  6. 6 continuo June 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Feel free to send along mp3s of your treasures. The guy on this picture from the Plastique totale pages actually looks like a member of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Check the YouTube videos. Are you familiar?

  7. 7 Nenad June 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Needless to say, I am overwhelmed.

    I especially like how basic can A Side get, but B Side was a completely unexpected, a total surprise. I liked it for what it was.

    Again, thank you Continuo for scraping through the very bottom of music production. In my, opinion that’s how genuine quality is unearthed.

  8. 8 continuo June 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thx Nenad. I feel the same about this tape, though side A has some solid stuff throughout I won’t call ‘basic’. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. 9 klimperei November 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i love this cassette, very much…

  10. 10 continuo November 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    It seems you listen to a lot of piano, these days.

  11. 11 klimperei November 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Would I be under control ?

  12. 12 continuo November 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I’m just trying to figure out where the influences on the wonderful Music for Bath come from.

  13. 13 klimperei November 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    how to translate :
    « Difficile à dire : comme souvent je me laisse porter… »

  14. 14 frenchbloke April 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I have been informed that there were three members of Eva Perouk, one of which lives round the corner.

  15. 15 wig August 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

    To clear some confusion:- The three people Dave Walklett, George Hinchliffe and me were the Abstract Skulls, recordings as yet unreleased except on the Salmon Spreads. All this is over 20 years old. Eva Perouk is a different entity. Walklett as M. Srdenovic worked on Chronos and Pericles. Hinchliffe is in the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. La Semaine… is a ‘real’ grand piano. website http://www.plastiquetotale.co.uk.
    Love your work.

  16. 16 continuo August 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for the clarification.

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