Carte Postale de Montreal - Stereo Total
Dare To Care Records
It’s become part of the vernacular in world music circles to refer to music as the ‘international language’. Humor is another kind of international lingo. We all like a good laugh. How many times have you smiled at a foreign TV commercial for instance? Stereo Total works their off-kilter magic in both camps. The duo of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring got together in Berlin about 14 years and 8 albums ago. From their homepage, their sound is self-described as: “chanson- electro- nonelectro- garage- rock'n'roll- french-pop- rock-à-billy- disco- international- underground; 40% Yéyétronic, 20% R'n'R, 10% punk rock, 3% electronic effects, 4% French 60s beat, 7% genius dilettantism, 15% Cosmonaute, 10% really old synthesizers, 10% 8-bit Amiga-sampling, 10% transistor amplifier, 1% really expansive and advanced instruments, a minimalist production, meaning a homemade- trash- garage- sound crossed with underground, authentic as well as amateurish, ironic as well as effective, pop as well as political.” By my best calculation that totals 130 percent, but after all, they’re musicians not mathematicians, and good on them for at least trying to offer insight into the roots of their crazy mash-up. I’ve heard the two have performed on two separate stages, each firing his/her half of the music at the other. They’re obviously extremely clever and having a good laugh doing it. Carte Postale de Montreal (Post Card from Montreal) will make you smile, guaranteed. Highlights include the opener, L’amour à Trois, Nationale 7 and Tu peux conduire ma bagnole or Baby, You Can Drive My Car … beep, beep um beep beep ya!