RIYL: Frédéric D. Oberland, Saåad, S U R V I V E, John Carpenter

Label: Gizeh Records

Earth is indeed a soundtrack, but it’s for an experimental film you may have not seen by Singaporean director Ho Tzu Nyen. FOUDRE!’s soundtrack, if it’s anything like the moody “Goliath,” has divine timing, what with the 80s aesthete being in vogue once more. In “Goliath,” you hear a menacing droning organ, reminiscent of Pink Floyd or John Carpenter, loom in the background as strings (probably synthesized) cry, analog waves chime, and electric guitars glide to and fro. “Goliath” feels fit for a monster movie (a la John Carpenter or S U R V I V E), or a Pink Floyd album – both can be synonymous to me. Soundtracks are supposed to emphasize, or subvert, a scene, but I’m thinking it’s the former from the way the cover appears and what’s said in the synopsis.  The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape, revolving around 50 actors. I can’t wait to hear what the rest of it sounds like. Listen to “Goliath” below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details



LP || Electric Blue vinyl with black inner, poly-lined paper sleeve. Includes a download of the entire album.


EARTH is the third opus of FOUDRE! - a telluric drone qu​artet​ composed of Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête, The Rustle Of The Stars​, FareWell Poetry​), Romain Barbot (Saåad, I Pilot Dæmon)​,​ Grégory Buffier (Saåad, Autre​n​oir), Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Extreme Preca​u​tions​, Autrenoir​)​, featuring electric chimeras by Christine Ott​ ​on ondes martenot. ​

​Commissioned by Silke Schmickl from Lowave for the festival 'Singapour Mon Amour'​ in Paris, this album was recorded in the 16th century gothic church of Saint-Merry ​in ​June 2015​ as​ a live soundtrack performance for EARTH ​- ​an experimental film directed by one of the most important Singaporean contemporary artists, Ho Tzu Nyen​. Acclaimed by art and film critics worldwide and presented at some of the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam..)​, EARTH is inspired by the works of classical European painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Delacroix​. ​The film unfolds dramatically as the camera moves across a theatrically choreographed scene involving 50 actors, as the details of a post-apocalyptic landscape are revealed frame by frame.

Ho Tzu Nyen on E​ARTH​:
“We see the site of an unknown disaster, the debris of history that constitutes the story of Earth. Upon the site, lay fifty 50 humans oscillating between consciousness and unconsciousness, life and death. Sometimes, one of them emerges into the foreground - clutching a fist, batting an eyelid, or weeping for his neighbor. At other times, these figures recede from the light, losing their individual shapes to form a gigantic organism, breathing in unison, pulsating like a jellyfish, though their journey across Earth.”
releases February 17, 2017

FOUDRE!​ is:
• Frédéric D. Oberland​ /​ mellotron, analog synths, buzuk
• Romain Barbot​ /​ electronics
• Gregory Buffier​ /​ ​acoustic laptop​, electric guitar
• Paul Régimbeau​/​ analog synths
• Christine Ott​ /​ ondes martenot

Original soundtrack​ by FOUDRE!​ recorded live by Samuel Navel at église Saint-Merry, Paris, on the 7th of June 2015 during the 'Singapour Mon Amour' festival curated by Lowave & Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains // Edited by FOUDRE! at Magnum Diva Studio // Mixed by Samuel Navel // Mastered by Lawrence English // Still-frames by Ho Tzu Nyen // Graphic design by Iam Sailor // Thank you Silke, Jeremy, Mickaël, Patricia, Taissa, Baptiste, Marguerite, Frédéric, Eglantine & Babbel Productions, As Human Pattern & Gizeh Records​

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