France - Meltdown Of Planet Earth LP
Edition of 300.
France is a trio from the Occitane region in France. The trio consists of Jeremie Sauvage on electric bass, Mathieu Tilly on drums, and Yann Gourdon on amplified hurdy-gurdy. The sound of Meltdown Earth is akin to the aural experiments done by Tony Conrad and Faust with their Outside the Dream Syndicate LP released in the mid-70's. It's long form drone music that has more in common with the DIY brunt of Cromagnon (ESP-Disk) than a more academic monocle stance of museum minimalism. This band conjures more Stooges ("L.A. Blues") than Theater of Eternal Music. One could say, it's the logical extension of what Spacemen 3 were doing with their "extended nod music," but France seem to bring the dirt, earth, and mineral of the Occitane region to their sound.