Various Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979/85
- Words: Cameron Macdonald
- Label: Everloving
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Maybe, just maybe, the Francophilia surrounding Daft Punk and Justice will draw more kids to the ghosts of French rock’s past. Here’s a good gateway drug: Bippp documents a dozen bands that absorbed the wiles of Devo, Human League, and The Buzzcocks. The key elements are rhythms that wear pants a few sizes too small and snarky vocals that ta-WEAK up VOW-els. Act’s grooves take The Stooges’ frenetic energy to a ping-pong match and TGV’s Casio synth-pop is a soundtrack for middle-school science fairs. And then you have Mary Moor robotically telling the world “it’s a pretty day to die,” and Casino Music’s catty, spy-flick funk. Genuine Gallic weirdness.
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