21 febbraio 2020

Se era inatteso l'Ex-Futur Album di qualche anno fa - dopo lunghissimo silenzio - inatteso lo è quasi di più il prossimo Aksaq MaboulFigures, doppio album previsto a primavera assieme ad alcuni appuntamenti dal vivo e intanto preceduto da un curioso singolo bifronte: Tout a une fin e Blaue Bleistift.

Legendary experimental pop group Aksak Maboul returns with their first real new release in decades. Entitled Figures, it’s a double album containing 22 tracks & interludes: it took no less than that to accommodate the flow of ideas which arose after such a long gap… Drawing again from the multiple sources which have always inspired the band (from electronic music and pop to experimentation, jazz, minimalism, contemporary classical etc), Aksak Maboul reconfigure them with their inimitable style. Weaving electronic and acoustic instrumentation, improvisation and programming, songs, beats, found objects and sound collages, the album works as a labyrinth, full of secret passages and interconnections.

The album was wholly written, conceived and produced by Marc Hollander & Véronique Vincent (respectively founder of Aksak Maboul & Crammed Discs, and former vocalist with The Honeymoon Killers), Marc being in charge of the music, while Véronique wrote the lyrics and made the drawings and paintings for the artwork. Also appearing on the album are contributions by the band’s current live line-up: Faustine Hollander, Lucien Fraipont (Robbing Millions) & Erik Heestermans, and by guests including a.o. Fred Frith, Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon), three members of Aquaserge and more.