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Mr Oizo -- "France7"
[Ed Banger Records; 11/28/2011]
What's the Sound of Latex Cartoons Humping?
Would you be into a movie about a sentient car tire? Who goes on a killing rampage through the Mojave desert?
If you’re like, “Totally! And where can I get the soundtrack?,” then Quentin Dupieux, who just directed a feature film with the above plot, is the artist and musician for you.
When Quentin’s not making surrealist concept movies or Levi’s commercials with puppets, he produces music as Mr. Oizo, (Mr. Oiseau, or Mr. Bird), exploring the weirdest, most ridiculous corners of French house.
Now, if you’re the kind of uptight person who can only handle music that’s “coherent” and “structured” and “melodic,” then keep moving along, folks, nothing to see here. But in the event that you’re a freak or a flaming douchebag, that is, a sane person in an insane world, then the squealing, disfigured bass of “France7,” off Mr. Oizo’s upcoming fourth album Stade 2, might be just what the doctor ordered.
“France7” starts out as pure, video game propulsion, with the soothing pulse of industrial drilling maybe. Then we get sliiiightly more syncopated beats – I guess we’re cruising through the freeway of our eight-bit dystopia. Synth jumps in just to remind us that melody exists, and finally the second half of the track is dominated by the puckering burp of what sounds like latex suits rubbing against themselves. Imagine a field recording of giant humping Hello Kitty balloons:
Mr. Oizo’s said about his filmmaking, “I like to make people laugh, and feel bad.” I find this kind of funny. If you find this funny too, make sure to check out the rest of Stade 2 when it drops next week. I could also have chosen to review tracks on the record named “Douchebeats” or “Oral Sax,” so you know there’s plenty more where this come from.