Staer, Horacio Pollard, Dave 2000 - Staer, Horacio Pollard, Dave 2000 - Split
(2014)Listen here: staalplaat.bandcamp.com/album/split-5
"Le Petit Mignon presents a new split between hyperactive Norwegian trio Staer and Berlin based Horacio Pollard, visually shaped by French illustrator Dave 2000.
Staer's acid side “Dresden Dynamo” presents an outstanding piece of beefy rocking assault, built-up on elephantine bass rumbles and sustained, psychedelic guitar perforations, the whole carried by a Swiss clock like drums shot. A repetitive yet complex and ambivalent automation composition. The cranes pile up the bricks but the buildings keep falling apart: this is a heavy construction/destruction symphony.
The blast side shows a yet unrevealed face of Horacio Pollard experimental work. Three short pieces assembled together as a constantly growing nightmarish flow. Reminiscences of The Residents blend with cold and slightly dissonant, demonic funky grooves. This is breakdancing music for George A. Romero zombies. Truly, hellishly beautiful stuff.
This release comes as a crystal clear 45rpm 7" with colour labels, housed in a flashy 54 x 18cm full colour 6-panel fold out psycho collage artwork by Dave 2000, printed on 350g thick paper, limited to 200 copies, hand-stamped and numbered. Mastering by Danny O'Really, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates, Berlin. Distributed by Staalplaat: http://staalplaat.com/recording/staer-horacio-pollard-dave-2000-splitHelaas - The Second To Last Plague
(2014)Listen here: staalplaat.bandcamp.com/album/the-second-to-last-plague
“New addition to the unpurposely growing list of Le Petit Mignon releases featuring contemporary defunct projects, this time presenting “The Second To Last Plague” by Helaas, a quartet originally founded in Berlin in 2011 by Ratbag (electric guitar), Bex (electroacoustic bass guitar, vocals), Niedowierzanie (cello) and Yvan Volochine (computer).
The release offers two long thrilling pieces, a lava of subtle distorted guitar swells, progressive noise, deep and haunting string sounds and captivating voices. The music of Helaas is here both fierce and calming, a bipolar composition clash between fear and relief. Breathtaking.
Edition of 100 pro-duplicated black cassettes with black imprint, housed in a double-sided fold out A3 poster, hand-stamped and numbered, sealed by a strip of Kumihimo cord. Recorded at N.K, Berlin. Mixed by Bex. Artwork by Insultor. Total duration: 26min. Includes free download code. Distributed by Staalplaat: http://staalplaat.com/recording/the-second-to-last-plagueFully Blown Dental Reform - FBDR
(2014)Listen here: staalplaat.bandcamp.com/album/fbdr
"Fully Blown Dental Reform is the trio of Berlin based expats Danny O'Really, Horacio Pollard (whose split with Norwegian band Staer is simultaneously being released by Le Petit Mignon as well) and Marc Fantini (drummer for Swiss experimental metal outfit Monno). Four long tracks of heavy free noise rock, submerged by bloody, oversaturated screaming guitars and feedback. Wisely executed. Rough. Pure sonic anarchy. Think of 90's cacophonic noise rock bands such as, to name just a few among our favourite ones, Bunny Brains, Bästard, The Dramatics or Sonic Youth, upgrade with much more massive and overwhelming drum sounds and you should slowly get closer to FBDR house door.
Edition of 120 pro-duplicated copies with imprint, housed in a double-sided fold out A3 poster, hand-stamped and numbered, sealed by a strip of Kumihimo cord. Artwork by Insultor. Mixed and mastered by Danny O'Really. Total duration: 48min. Available in navy blue w/ yellow imprint, or in 6 different bi-colour variations with various imprint colours. Includes free download code. Distributed by Staalplaat: http://staalplaat.com/recording/fbdr