Aksak Maboul - Charles F. Bleistift

Aksak Maboul
Charles F. Bleistift EP (OUT JUNE 20)
Crammed Discs

This 7” EP follows the release of Aksak Maboul's new double LP 'Figures' (out May 22, 2020), which is the legendary experimental pop band’s first real new album in decades. These four tracks are reworks, which don’t appear as such on the album. They unveil the imaginative world of the Figures album, with its unique instrumentation, its sound collages and diverse, enigmatic moods.     

Tout a une fin (short version) 
A tight 3-minute track including a song part (in which Véronique Vincent’s voice performs sinuous variations around the words in the title) and a section featuring electronic, rock and orchestral instrumentation rising to a wild, crescendo finale. 

Blaue Bleistift 
Unveiling some of the more electronic and experimental aspects of the new LP, with its criss-crossing keyboard lines and sound collages. Kind of a mysterious, ambient cousin of Aksak Maboul’s Saure Gurke

C'est Charles (edit)
An edited version of a song which ends on the sound of a crowd chanting slogans (“What we want… Is…”)

Silent Silhouettes
This almost-instrumental track might be evoking a kind of electronic tango, or a dream scene in a Fellini movie?

Tout a une fin also comes in the shape of a dizzying music video directed by  animator/collagist Yoann Stehr (whose recent work includes short films for fashion designer Paul Smith). 

Just like the Figures album, this EP was written and produced by Marc Hollander & Véronique Vincent  (respectively founder of Aksak Maboul & Crammed Discs, and former vocalist with The Honeymoon Killers). The tracks were  performed by the protagonists with contributions by the rest of band’s current line-up of Faustine Hollander, Lucien Fraipont (Robbing Millions), Erik Heestermans, and by guest such as Fred Frith and members of Aquaserge

Side A: 1. Tout a une fin (short) 2. Blaue Bleistift Side B: 1. C’est Charles (edit) 2. Silent Silhouettes