Give Me New Noise: Half-Mute Reflected is a new imagining of Tuxedomoon‘s classic 1980 album Half Mute. It is a tribute album for which 13 artists have specially created covers of all songs from Half-Mute and from the album’s associated singles.
The contributors include Foetus (covering What Use?), Aksak Maboul, Simon Fisher Turner, Norscq, DopplAr (feat. 2 members from Amatorski), Cult With No Name and others, with special appearances by the three makers of Half-Mute, Steven Brown, Peter Principle and Blaine Reininger.
Give Me New Noise comes out in three formats: as a stand-alone vinyl LP (with covers of the original 10 songs, plus two bonuses contained on a 7″ vinyl inserted in the LP), as a digital album (with three bonus tracks), and as part of the new remastered CD edition of Tuxedomoon’s Half-Mute, along with the remastered original album. The CD edition also contains the three bonus cuts. The album is released on April 29 2016 on Crammed Discs.
Optical Sound, the label that brought you the Hydroze Plus 10″, has released an album of interpretations of the seminal late singer Nino Ferrer on April 2, 2012. Entitled Objets Noirs et Choses Carrees : Nino Ferrer revisited, the album feature JG Thirlwell’s rendition of Ferrer’s classic La Rua Madureira. Other artists covering Ferrer on the album include Norscq, Étienne Charry, The Garçon, Bernard Szajner, Complot, Klimperei, Molypop, Les Hautsdeplerfond, Les Denise Glaser, La Kuizine, David Fenech, Cocoon, Toupidak Limonade, Non Finito Orchestra. Palo Alto featuring Laurent Pernice and Lefdup, Lefdup and Lefdup featuring Arthur Ferrari and Charlie Cole.
Nino Ferrer was a popular French singer who began his career in the mid 1960’s. He committed suicide in 1998.
JG Thirlwell has a piece in the art show “Previously on Optical Sound…”, which will take place at Galerie Frederic Giroux in Paris from July 6-24 2010. Curated by Pierre Belouin, the show features artists responding to each others’ works. Thirlwell’s piece, entitled “Controlled Coma”, is a response to French composer Norscq. Other artists featured in the show include Rebecca Bournigault, Pascal Broccolichi, Pierre-Laurent Cassière, Jill Gasparina, Olivier Huz, P.Nicolas Ledoux, Norscq, Jérôme Poret and Black Sifichi.
The collaboration between JG Thirlwell and Fred Bigot is now finally released by the French art/music label Optical Sound.
Under the name Hydroze Plus, the release is a clear vinyl ten inch EP. The EP consists of the songs “Overcoat” and “Calm Calm”, as well as JG’s remix of “Overcoat”, which is entitled “Epi-Dose”, and Bigot’s remix of “Calm Calm”, which is entitled “Belladonna”.
The packaging, designed by JG Thirlwell, is particularly unusual and unique. It is designed to resemble an anatomical text book with transparent layers. The eyeball appears on the label which is overlaid by a transparent plastic sheet which is screenprinted with the face’s musculature. The card behind the transparent record depicts the skull., and it is wrapped around with a flap that contains the credit.
This is an extremely limited vinyl-only release only available from Optical Sound. It will be available digitally from Ectopic Ents at a later date.
Hydroze Plus is a new project which is a collaboration between JG Thirlwell and Fred Bigot of Electronicat. Recorded in Berlin in spurts over the last few years, their debut record is finally being prepared to be unleashed. It will be a four track clear vinyl ten-inch which will be released by in the near future by the French label Optical Sound. Watch here for further details.