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2016 : Freaksville Records : The Loved Drones : Good Luck Universe!

"Good Luck Universe!" by The Loved Drones.
Released : February 19, 2016 on Gonzaï Records.
The Loved Drones' Bandcamp : http://www.theloveddrones.com/


• The Loved Drones : Good Luck Universe!

Acheter le CD (10 titres) sur le Bandcamp de Freaksville Records.
Buy the CD (10 titles) on Freaksville Records Bandcamp.

Track-list :

01. Nomad [8:23]
02. Escape From The Terror Drone [4:28]
03. Drone Alone-Crimson Skies [4:53]
04. Pulse Radar Love [7:25]
05. Electric Blue Moon [3:54]
06. Canyons [5:36]

Credits :

Written by The Loved Drones

Christophe Cerri : Keys
Pascal Scalp : Bass
Simon Rigot : Sitar, Hammond Organ
Jérôme Danthinne : Drums, Cymbals
Marc Wathieu : Guitar
Bernard Mazet : Guitar
Benjamin Schoos : Synths, Guitar
Man From Uranus : Synths, Guitar

Recorded at SOS Recording by Marc Maghin and Benjamin Schoos
Assistant : Jérôme Renard
Mixed by Man From Uranus at Outerspace Studio London
Mastering by Gilles Martin at Farside Paris

Produced by Benjamin Schoos and Man From Uranus

Artwork :
Collage : Benjamin Schoos
Photo : Pascal Schyns
Sleeve design : www.scalp.be

Freaksville Publishing - 2015

Production : Freaksville Publishing.
Label : Gonzaï Records.

Catalogue number : NFSR007
Barcode : 5 425023 011638

Cover Pictures :

The Loved Drones

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The Loved Drones

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About :

"It is the role of the eastern Belgian city of Liège to parody the North of England... a periodic northern England, it's feet stretched and bent so its features are contorted and emphasised. It is through caricature that we see what faces and voices are really like, and the same goes for places." Jonathan Meades.

The Metta Bhavana - for those who don't know it - is a meditation that predates Buddhism, used by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to psychically spread loving kindness around the globe. The world is in need of plenty of loving kindness right now, and another way to do that is through music, especially when insidious, killjoy forces are so dead against it. From tiny seeds mighty acorns grow, and the source of bonhomie can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Take The Loved Drones from the industrial steel mining town of Liège in Belgium for instance, a collective from the Freaksville stable who've created a mind-expanding suite of instrumental tracks built on meditative drones. Good Luck Universe takes in Krautrock, post-rock, electro and heavy rock, as well as more reflective sitar-strewn musical mantras to drift away to. It is a melange of meditative mayhem, skillfully mastered by Man From Uranus in Stamford Hill, London, who took three hours of music and managed to condense it into a more digestible 45 minutes (although with just six tracks, that still gives the listener plenty of time to wig-out without interruption).

The album was recorded in a now defunct industrial zone behind a high speed overpass in Liège. It's a ghost town that conflates the psychogeography of somewhere like Halifax with the deserted streets of Detroit, and "it smells like coffee," according to head honcho Benjamin Schoos, belched out every day by an enormous, ominous chimney hovering over the skyline. Liège is like some surrealist Magritte painting of the senses.

Be warned, opener 'Nomad' and follow up 'Escape from the Killer Drone', contain little of the idealism that the album concludes with. Instead we're exposed to the muck and grind of industry, a fuliginous, alacritous, almost motornik intensity that there's no room to escape from, while equally you could be gazing through the menacing fisheye of a drone as it hovers in an Afghani village looking for targets.

'Drone Alone - Crimson Skies' offers some respite from the hard times, and then the "loving kindness" begins to manifest with electric harps, sitars, and a deep binaural drone to really clear the senses. Good Luck Universe also takes its influences from around the globe, via the multicultural quartier the band's label is headquartered in in the European capital.

"Our Freaksville HQ recently moved to Brussels," says Schoos, "located in a very middle eastern, arabic area, next to the Syrian Embassy. It's close to the South Station where you can catch Eurostar and the Thalys train to and from Paris and Amsterdam among other places, and the Portuguese and African quarters are nearby too. It's in this melting pot where we composed the themes of the album with Pascal [Scalp, bass], Marc [Wathieu, guitar] and Simon [Rigot, sitar and hammond]. I think the sounds and smells and colours had a profound bearing on the music."

In France the album will be released by Gonzaï, the much-loved cult Parisian label also responsible for the must-read monthly magazine of the same name. Output this year includes the lauded prog opus Pôle by Besombes and Rizet, originally available in the mid-70's, as well as the much sought after vinyl for Marie et les Garçons's eponymously-titled reissue from 1980.

Good Luck Universe is an album as diverse as its influences, and it's also a record that manages the neat trick of telling a story with no words. It's a narrative that over six amazing tracks releases you from the bondage of fear, and allows you to bathe in the deep, luxuriant loving kindness of 'Canyons' at the conclusion.

"Belgium does bleakness with a surprising brio that we've almost lost the knack for in England," said Meades in his 1994 BBC documentary Belgium, and 21 years on that still appears to be the case. "Then there is the Belgium that makes you believe that Rene Magritte was actually a realist and not a surrealist - that he was a recorder of his country's condition, a reporter..."

Good Luck Universe is a tale of two cities (okay, a city and a town), a tale of two Belgiums, and an album that scrutinises the darkness and the light, the matter and the antimatter of the universe. Above all it is an album that offers some hope, and by god do we all need that right now. Altogether then: "may I be well, may I be happy..."

The band is signed to new great parisian label Gonzaï Records (responsible of Bezombes and rizet, Marie et les garçons LP reissues and now modern french band like steeple remove, Ricky Hollywood,.. ).

À propos :

Après les récents albums de Steeple Remove, San Carol et Dr(Dr)One, Gonzaï Records s'attaque à la Belgique freak en annonçant la sortie vinyle de Good Luck Universe, deuxième album des Loved Drones, combo psyché liégeois inspiré par Brainticket, L'homme dé de Luke Rhinehart, la sitar de Ravi Shankar et l'accélérateur de particules du CERN.

Formé autour du noyau dur de rock underground du label Freaksville, The Loved Drones est né en 2010 sous la houlette du producteur Benjamin Schoos (aka Miam Monster Miam). Après avoir accompagné des stars interplanétaires (Chrissie Hynde, Lio, Marie France, Jacques Duvall), ils décident en 2012 de célébrer la fin du monde avec un premier LP (The Tangible Effects of Love) suivi d'un deuxième à paraître en février chez Gonzaï Records. À la fois instrumental et placé sous le signe de l'aléatoire, mais rappelant aussi les plages cauchemardesques de John Carpenter, Good Luck Universe est un message de paix de l'Humanité pour l'espace. "Le cosmos a ses propres challenges confirme Benjamin Schoos, cet album est un coup de pouce pour l'aider à s'étendre à travers les galaxies". Space rocks !

Influences : Brainticket, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Klaus Schulze, CAN, John Carpenter

Press Pictures :

Photo : The Loved Drones by Pascal Schyns, 2016.

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© Pascal Schyns.

Links :

The Loved Drones on Bandcamp.
Flickr : The Loved Drones.
Flickr : The Loved Drones - UK Tour 2012.
Facebook : The Loved Drones.
Discogs : The Loved Drones : Good Luck Universe!

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