Heldon - Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale LP
Label: Souffle Continu
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Souffle Continu Records present a reissue of Heldon's Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale, originally released on Cobra in 1976.
In Heldon, nobody particularly likes liner notes. However, although the group's albums have none, they abound, from the very beginning, with clues and often cryptic references. The name of the group, obviously, comes from a science fiction novel by Norman Spinrad, but perhaps it is less well known that the title of the album Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale is taken from a pirate recording of King Crimson made in 1974, an elegant way to state the possible lineage between guitarist (and synthesizer player) Richard Pinhas and Robert Fripp, his peer in the British band. Likewise, Richard Pinhas values the philosophers Lyotard, Nietzsche and Deleuze, and the cover of Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale quotes theology specialist Pierre Klossowski, according to whom all creators owe it themselves to provoke a "state of insecurity straying from the oppressive regime of mediocrity."
Having been a precursor of the home studio, Richard Pinhas came to the Davout studios to record the fifth Heldon album Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale. He had a special space reserved for him, where there was a Moog 3 which had belonged to Paul McCartney. Intense, violent, bitter, abrasive, uncompromising, the first on-site recording is in keeping with the four predecessors, prefiguring both industrial and post-rock, showing once again that the early references to "guerrilla electronics" (and to William S. Burroughs) were not in vain. The newcomers to this universe, bassist Didier Batard (Coeur Magique, Triptyque), on one track, and drummer Francois Auger (heard on the fifth album by Gérard Manset) finally transform Heldon into a fiery power trio for the inspired "MVC II". Without forgetting that the faithful Patrick Gauthier is also on board, as is Jannick Top (Magma), each on one track.
Listening to the result the album is easy to understand why Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, and Oren Ambarchi wanted to record with Richard Pinhas in the 2000s. It must also be noted that the often-made comparison between Heldon/Richard Pinhas and King Crimson/Robert Fripp, while still pertinent, if insufficient, as Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale breaks much new ground beyond those horizons. High quality mastering from Richard Pinhas' original masters. Licensed from Richard Pinhas. Clear purple vinyl. Edition of 700.